Thursday, August 21, 2014
Beach Road Trip: Part II
Before we headed on to the beach the next morning, we gassed Crawford’s Firebird up in Laurel Hill at a country store called Cash on the Barrel Head that Junie’s pop ran. In the store Walter Cronkite was always pea-green on the huge television in the store because her dad was color blind and never bothered to adjust the color. We chose sodas from the old fashioned coke case where you had to stick your arm down into a slurry of ice and freezing cold water. Somehow the cokes always tasted better from there. Junie would hug her dad and we’d be off. Sometimes we tried to time the trip so we could go to Calabash where everyone headed for seafood before we set up camp at Huntington Beach State Park, and sometimes we just headed straight to the beach.
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Threading Our Way toward Wholeness by Writing
Reflective writing is a conduit for memory. One prime stimulus for eliciting memories for reflection is returning to a location where one has spent time in the past. Twice I have returned to live in an area where I lived previously. The first time, ironically, I was returning to a community just outside of Asheville, North Carolina, the town that author Thomas Wolfe made famous in his novel You Can’t Go Home Again.
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Writing and Memory
Memory plays a major role in the process of writing–from short-term memory in the prefrontal lobe that holds the current intention to write to long-term memories in the hippocampus and cortex that hold the knowledge of how to form letters, spell words, create sentences, and organize ideas. Long-term memories are later stored in the cortex and provide a wealth of background information for the writer. Memory function in the hippocampus also helps sort associations and logical patterns that we apply to organize our experience and thus shape and connect our ideas in our writing, for example, through comparison and contrast or seeing cause and effect patterns.
Posted by on 10/20/2013 9:44:00 AMComments 0
Writing about Place
We can write about place as a way of exploring and tracing our inner landscape. Feelings and memories resound like chords of music as we envision a particular place we have lived or visited. The memory unfolds and we are there with our senses enlivening the lyrical experience.
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