Feb 272014
Writing about your earliest memory as a toddler

Writing about your earliest memory can be entertaining and revealing.

Writing about your earliest memory can present a challenge. Often, they’re not coherent. You might only remember a room, a noise, or impressions. However, writing about your earliest memory or memories and explaining why they matter can provide a meaningful glimpse into your childhood.

It’s fun to compare something we all share

It’s fun to compare your own early memory with the earliest memories of loved ones. Most of our earliest memories date back to age three of four, though some people have even earlier memories. Continue reading »

Feb 242014

Memories: Why We Repress Them & How to Recover Them

Unlocking or recovering repressed memories

Bobbi Parish-Logie addresses recovering repressed memories

Part two of a series by Bobbi Parish-Logie

Welcome back everyone to part two of my short series about memories from the perspective of neuroscience and mental health. Last week I talked about how our brain stores memories and why it represses them. This week let’s dive into how to recognize that we have repressed memories and how to recover them.

Our brain has varying degrees of repressing memories. Some are determined so dangerous to our emotional health that they are locked into compartments so tightly and so far away from anything that would trigger their recall that those memories aren’t ever intended to be recovered. Other memories that the mind has determined to be dangerous to our well-being in the moment but potentially safe to recall at a later date, will be locked away with a thread of their substance dangling from the box. At some point in the future, when the brain determines it is safe, it will allow that thread to be connected to a circumstance or experience that will pull that repressed memory from its box. Continue reading »

Feb 172014

Repressed memories forget me not Guest Poster Bobbi Parish Logie helps us understand repressed memories and how they are recovered.

I’m excited to introduce Bobbi Parish-Logie and the first of two guest posts on repressed and recovered memories. It’s a topic that can help all of us connect to our stories.

How the Brain Stores Memories

As a Mental Health Counselor who specializes in working Continue reading »

Dec 122013
Christmas Traditions writing prompts

What are your Christmas traditions?

When we talk about family traditions, Christmas traditions are often at the top of the list. As the holiday approaches, take a few minutes to preserve your family’s Christmas traditions.

As you write, reminisce about your Christmas traditions growing up. How do they compare to the ones you now have? Things to include: Continue reading »

Oct 282013
Fall memories of playing in the leaves

This photo brings back great memories of my mom spending hours playing in the leaves with my son.

What fall memories are special to you? Chances are that you can revive, if not re-live, a lot of them. Here are some ideas on immersing yourself in fall and fall memories. After all, the more you remember, the easier it is to share. Have fun!

Fall Leaves

As adults responsible for lawn care and not irritating the neighbors, we forget how much fun it used to be to rake leaves. Continue reading »

Oct 012013
faded memories of sisters

The sisters don’t remember where the two dressed up sisters were going, but they all remember that the sister in the middle was going on a blind date–with the man she would marry.

Three sisters recall a faded memory from over 50 years ago. Each recalls a slightly different circumstance. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? What’s the truth?

Memories can be ethereal. It can be hard to get all the details right. That doesn’t mean you can’t write about them. Continue reading »

Sep 112013

Remember when you heart of 9-11 When an event of great historical or emotion consequence occurs, we don’t just remember when —we remember the precise moment, what we were doing, whom we were with, and even what the weather was like. Scientists call these memories “flashbulb” memories.[1] The name is apt; we remember with almost photographic accuracy. Continue reading »

Aug 222013
Keeping up appearances don't make for good stories

Keeping up apprearances ?Dignity is overrated

We all want to look our best and present ourselves in a positive light whenever we can. Keeping up appearances and putting your best foot forward is great advice going into a job interview, but it’s not the legacy you want to leave for your loved ones in your writing.

Keeping up Appearances is Boring

Perfection is boring, which is why I avoid it so ardently. All kidding aside, perfection does little to connect you with others. Continue reading »

Jul 012013

locked private writingPersonal Writings in your “Treasure Chest”

Preserving memories and sharing memories often go hand-in-hand. However, not every part of a “Treasure Chest” needs to be shared with loved ones, or anyone at all. There’s room—and some very good reasons—to include personal writing that you keep to yourself.

You don’t have to feel compelled to share your memories to want to preserve them. Writing for yourself and only for yourself can be cathartic and healing. Continue reading »

Jun 192013

Thinking of summer memoriesLazy Days of  Summer Memories

Summer is not only a great time to bask in the sun. It’s also a wonderful time to bask in, and write about, your summer memories.

As soon as Michigan temperatures rise to “reasonably warm,” I find my concentration wanes. The sun on my back is a seductress, bidding me to doze off to sleep under her rays. The wildlife, too, beguiles me, tricking me into thinking there’s plenty of time to watch, photograph, and absorb. Continue reading »