Times Past: What is Memoir

Times Past: What is Memoir

By Irene Waters I started off this series for Charli saying that I had already written about what memoir is and at the time I chose not to repeat it. However, in summing up for the last post in this series, I thought it is probably worth revisiting what a memoir is....
Life is a Memoir: What is Fiction?

Life is a Memoir: What is Fiction?

By Irene Waters Truth is considered fundamental in writing memoir. The work of Smith and Watson show that memory is not an exact memory of the past event but the past combined with the present, differences in history and ideologies of the time so rather than memory...
Times Past: Conversations

Times Past: Conversations

By Charli Mills, Generation X, Rural US Television killed the conversation. That’s how I think of “family” dinners growing up. As an only child in rural northern California, my parents didn’t converse at dinner. Instead, my mother prepared the...
Times Past: Cooking with Mum

Times Past: Cooking with Mum

By Irene Waters My almost ninety-year-old mother rings me every night. A habit that began many years ago both to ensure that she had someone to talk to every day and from a safety perspective. Too often the elderly fall and are not discovered for days. Every day she...
Dialogue in Memoir

Dialogue in Memoir

By Irene Waters I sit and listen to news of blisteringly cold gales, snow falls, and marvel at photos of these dumps of snow on Facebook and Instagram. We are still in summer here with no evidence of autumn being around the corner and no doubt those in the northern...
Learning to Write

Learning to Write

Gen X: rural mountain town, California, US Graphite in My Arm A piece of graphite is lodged in my upper left arm. Even at age fifty, the broken pencil tip remains visible. When you open a package of new pencils, the cedar smells like a lumber yard. Whenever we drive...
The Work of Memoir

The Work of Memoir

By Irene Waters As you read this I will be sitting on the high seas, nearing the equator, out of range of the internet so I will start by apologising for what will seem my tardy response to any comments. Don’t worry I will get there and look forward to coming back to...
January 2018: Times Past

January 2018: Times Past

By Irene Waters Unlike Charli scooping snow from her porch as the Lady of the Lake weaves her winter charm and C. Jai, holed up escaping the cold, I hail from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland  and our weather is glorious. Warm to hot days with inviting surf and river...
Raw Weather

Raw Weather

Wind howls across the high mountain desert of Gallup and rocks my RV with a steady wave-like rhythm. I’ve heard the joke several times already from locals: spring arrives, depositing Arizona in New Mexico. With the airborne sand, I do believe it’s from...
Times Past: Mystery of Laundry

Times Past: Mystery of Laundry

Standing in the grocery aisle I stare helplessly at bright plastic containers labeled with biblical promises to remove my stains. Nearing the half century mark and I still have no idea how to do laundry properly. Women’s work. Historically this is true. Soiled...

Times Past: Food From the Sea

Generation X, Rural Northern California Foam-edged waves pushed kelp across wet sand. I don’t recall the waves at Monterey Beach (California) being big or crashing. My focus was on the semi-circles of water that glided toward my yellow rain-boots (or were they...