Here in Marin County I’m overwhelmed by the beauty of the changing foliage and waterways. But, it’s also a confusing time. Suddenly there’s so much to do – Fleet Week, the Symphony, bonfires at the beach, classes to teach – and, yet, as the days grow colder and shorter, I want to quietly hibernate and create something new.
Time to Reflect and Read
This feels like a perfect season to reflect on the past months and the past years. I’ve been inspired by some of the fabulous memoirs of recent months. “Educated” by Tara Westover is a must read, even if you feel she’s exaggerated aspects of her life. Michelle Obama’s “Becoming,” is also uplifting and insightful. If you like audio books, I recommend Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime: Stories form a South African.” You’ll love hearing him speak African languages and dialects. This is the story of his journey from apartheid South Africa to hosting “The Daily Show.” For a fun read, don’t miss “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows” by Balli Kaur Jaswal.
So, what’s next? I plan to teach a memoir class at a local bookstore. It’s called, “Writing your Story.” I know everyone has a story to tell, and I can’t wait to hear the stories. In the class, we’ll discuss our favorite memoirs and apply the authors’ best practices to our own writing. Writing our stories will help us understand ourselves better and, hopefully, enlighten others.