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  1. Legacy, Memory and Memoir
    April 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

    I will continue on this theme of how memoir writing can change your life in the months ahead. For now, thanks Dr. Spock. Live Long and Prosper.

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  2. Legacy, Memory and Memoir
    April 19, 2016 @ 5:48 pm

    Very Interesting!

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  3. Michael Gardner
    March 1, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

    I have had an experience of rediscovering memories. After my father’s recent passing, I retrieved the old family photo albums. Seeing details of our old family home brought back long forgotten memories of times when I was very young, certainly before the age of 4. These memories were sweet and poignant, unlike my rote “stories” that are seared in my mind by the pain related to the experience. Perhaps my maturity let me move away from the infantile trauma to see also the sweeter times. They are all in there!

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    • Legacy, Memory and Memoir
      March 2, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

      Yes, Proust said something like we don’t need to travel to new worlds, just see with new eyes. I have found in memoir writing that revisiting an event or memory I’ve written about before will not come out the same when I look from this moment. In my writing classes, I keep discovering that even in a 20-minute writing process, something new may emerge because we are giving our nervous system, or subconscious, another opportunity to reflect.

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  4. Legacy, Memory and Memoir
    March 1, 2015 @ 9:18 pm

    Thank you Raphael, for saying it so clearly. Memory is not a permanently fixed experience. Always changing which gives us the chance to choose what we will do with our memories. Creative writing offers a powerful forum.

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  5. Raphael Shevelev
    March 1, 2015 @ 8:48 pm

    I enjoyed your blog. Part of the miracle of memory is that it is NOT a permanently fixed empiricism. Its plasticity is just as miraculous, and changes with age, education, experience, relationships and new perspectives. It’s definitely not about exactitude, truth and/or lies, but about metaphysics and vital personal mythology, and should be part of a broad concept of evolutionary biology.

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