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Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Memoir writing

Over the last four or five years, I've written about 200 pages of my memoirs. I hold no illusions that they will ever be published, or that anyone except me will find them remotely interesting or even read them.

I highly recommend memoir writing. It's cathartic. That's the first time I've ever used the word "cathartic" in a sentence. I hope I used it right.

Posted by Marie at September 10, 2003 10:17 PM


ca·thar·tic    ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (k-thärtk)
Inducing catharsis; purgative.

ca·thar·sis    ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (k-thärss)
n. pl. ca·thar·ses (-sz)
A release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit.

I would say you did use it properly! I just don't have enough to write about my life to warrant any memoirs, I'm afraid. But I would read yours...I'm a little voyeur at heart.

Posted by: Jeff at September 11, 2003 12:47 PM

Actually, you would be surprised. Any of your relatives (or descendants) interested in genealogy (I'm not particularly) will find your memoires very interesting. I've been told that tracing the family tree is only a small part of the fun and interest of genealogy; it's all those family stories that provide most of the allure.

Posted by: Kem White at September 12, 2003 7:26 AM