Chronic Fatigue

Remember my favorite saying. You need to stand in someone’s shoes before you can comment on how they feel, or why they do what they do.

Yesterday and today were the first two good days I’ve had in two and a half weeks. And there was also that little 9 week Chronic Fatigue attack after a shot in October. My doctor says, no more shots for me.

It’s hard to explain to someone how Chronic Fatigue makes you feel. Actually, I don’t think you feel anything. You can’t think, work, do anything, which might include sleep, even though you are thoroughly exhausted!

Today I went to Anthem Authors and we are working on a Memoirs workshop  for the entire Sun City Anthem Community. I am pretty excited about it, and so are the other participants. We each have a specific section to cover, and mine is to explain different ways of starting your memoir.

Would you believe I started mine with a manilla envelope, called Reflections Of Me. It has dates on it, 1993, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2009. In that manilla envelope I stuffed little phrases like, “What Mom said when I was born. Or, 10 years old and we moved, I thought my world was coming to an end. Or, Teen years, I was yanked out of my dreams. How was I supposed to know to be careful what I wished for.”

Little phrases like that so when I actually started to write, I had some place to start. If there is any interest in this, I will share more of it when we have more work done.  Let me know. Send me your comments. I promise to answer as many as I can.

Tomorrow is a big day for us. We are having a bus from the Henderson Senior Center coming to see our collection of kissing couples. They will love it. I was also told a photographer from the local paper will be coming also. When the seniors finish here, they will go off on their bus to lunch. What a nice outing it will be for them. I can’t wait. Will tell you about it tomorrow.

Several of the seniors have supported my Adopt A Caregiver program. They are glad to be involved and they say that writing that email only takes a moment, and they know the caregivers are so grateful to have someone to talk to.

So, give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver, and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Another One Of My Poems

I am on the committiee for Memoirs in my writing group. (AA) Anthem Authors. Going through my piles of papers I found this poem that I wrote a long time ago:

TOO LATE

Is is too late

it’s never too late

you can do anything

all you have to do is write

everyday at least a page

at least part of a page

at least a paragraph or two

at least a phrase

at least a date and page number

it’s so easy

all you need to do

is sit down and write

something, anything, one thing

listen to yourself

believe in yourself

you can do it

it’s not too late

by Helene Moore

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Sun City Anthem Authors

Writing. Getting back to writing. I have an assignment from the Sun City Anthem Authors. ( I started Anthem Authors in February, 2000, and wow, am I proud of this group.)

Write about a character and a setting. My character’s name is Max, and he’s going back to his apartment, where he lives with his father. He brings Bernie a pastrami sandwich, and I will write the dialog between them, thus showing Max’s personality and his beliefs, regrets, and fears.

I also love doing First Lines, to jumpstart my own writing process. And another trick I use is to open the dictionary, and pick up a person, place, and thing. I also write words that intrigue me. Like zing, sparkling, grocery store clerk, and a park. This sparks my writing sometimes.

If starting to write a memoir, I watch for memories that pop into my head while I’m reading a book, or watching a movie. I play games with: I remember, I wish I could forget, my favorite time, or my most traumatic experience.

Did you ever wish you could write a story? Go ahead and try.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene