Welcome to a new monthly feature in which Sallie Lloyd-Jones shares some of her memories with us. Read more "BOXES IN THE ATTIC 3 BY SALLIE LLOYD-JONES"
Autumn Voices welcomes Nancy Adams who will be posting a blog on aspects of Conscious Eldering every two months.
Born and raised in southern California, I grew up spending school holidays camping amongst redwood trees in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. But I was nearly 20 years old, living in Germany for a year, before I experienced the rhythm of nature in its four distinct seasons: it felt like coming home to myself. Read more "CONSCIOUS ELDERING: NANCY ADAMS"
Congratulations to John. Now aged 81, John has sent a photo of himself at the age he was at the time of his memoir, ‘My Little Life’.
John says: My roots are in a small mining village near Bridgend, South Wales. My schooling was local, and I obtained a degree in Philosophy at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Read more "BEST MEMOIR OVER 80: JOHN ENOS"
ADJUDICATOR’S REPORT & RESULTS
There were 35 entries for the competition. Those who entered chose a wide variety of memories to write about: childhood and school-days, events in adult life, memories of parents, aunts and uncles, holidays taken or places visited. Some were light-hearted or humorous , others related traumatic experiences. Read more "AUTUMN VOICES SHORT MEMOIR COMPETITION"
Boxes in the attic
I used to imagine my brain as an attic containing carefully labelled boxes, which I could open when I wished to retrieve a memory. Now the labels have come off and been reattached to the wrong box, or become smudged and illegible. When looking for a word that I know well, but have temporarily mislaid, I rummage in the wrong box and find a quite different memory from the one I was seeking. This is one of them: -
Memoir 2: The black cushions
I was born in January 1939, the last of three sisters. We lived with our mother in Bermuda until after the war was over. At age ten I was sent to a girls’ boarding school where I spent the worst five years of my life. After leaving, I went to Art School, which was very healing. At seventeen I met Robin and we married when I was twenty. We moved to Scotland after a year, and have three wonderful children who gave us three lovely children- in- law, and three amazing grandchildren. We always have cats.
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Welcome to our Guest Blogger for May, Kay Ritchie (age 68).
According to George Eliot, ‘It is never too late to be who you might have been’ which, as a late starter, I’ve always found rather comforting. I’d reached my mid-twenties before I went to art school, my forties by the time I got to university and was hitting sixty when I started writing. Read more "GUEST BLOGGER: KAY RITCHIE"