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Writing Through The Crisis-A Silver Lining

Just today I was talking to members of The Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies teaching group,  during a call to discuss helping homebound active seniors and others connect and find community through this crisis. Shortly after, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was addressing New Yorkers 

11 Good options to Self Publish Your Memoir

11 Good options to Self Publish Your Memoir

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Cor Da Teen

Cor Da Teen

By: Farida Guzdar

“Cor da teen” aka Quarantine

My daughter was walking her dog when her three year old neighbor called from his window to inform her that they were under “cor da teen.”  What a world we live in when children that young know about quarantine, viruses, murders, terrorism, school shootings, and a host of other things we didn’t know about until much later.

I wonder how parents explain these situations to young kids when even we adults are struggling with their implications.  I hear from millennials that they are thinking whether they want to bring children into today’s world.  Sadly, I get it.

The entire world has been brought to its knees by a tiny organism – Covid 19 – and no one is safe from it.  The rich can’t buy a cure because there isn’t one.  As always, the poor have no hope.  Governments are urging people to stay home; but what about the homeless? In many underdeveloped countries, the streets are home to millions.  Where do they go?  No one seems to have an answer, much less considered the plight of these routinely forgotten people.

“Cor-Da-teen” affects others

Those who have the money are hoarding everything from food to toilet paper.  Those who don’t care about other lives are congregating on beaches and in parks.  This is the first time in living history where one’s actions affect others’ lives.

The Givers and Takers

I’m reminded of what a friend told me long ago; the world is made up of givers and takers.  These are times when our true nature is revealed.  The givers are donating to the food bank, to hospitals for daily meals for healthcare workers and much-needed business for local restaurants, making cloth masks for hospitals and nursing homes in short supply of personal protective gear, and volunteering to drive for meals on wheels to help the growing number of seniors who are homebound and don’t have access to food.

The takers are price gouging on necessities like sanitizer, medical supplies, and food staples.  Then there are the ones who just take care of their own without a thought for anyone else.

Where do you stand?  A crisis is what defines you as a person.  No matter what you think, what you feel; this is the time for action.  Give, like your life depends on it.  It does!

“Cor-da-teen/Quarantine Activities

Since everyone is homebound, we are spending more time with family.  Are we taking the time to make the most of it?  To bond with our children who we’re normally just shuttling around to school, sports, music, etc.  Enjoy this gift of time.

Play with and read to the little ones; discuss and get to know the older ones.  If you’re alone like me, it’s a time to reflect and ponder where you are in life and what the future may hold however uncertain it is right now.  Pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time.  Reconnect with old friends.  Make up with family members you don’t even remember why you stopped talking to.

Check on older friends and neighbors; bring them food and supplies.  This is the time for the entire world to show their humanity because each and every one of us is affected by this.  Tell those you love that you love and cherish them.  Don’t wait for later; there may not be a later.

This is also a time to stay physically and mentally fit.  Go for a walk if you can.  Yoga and meditation is great to keep you grounded and calm.  Read a book and escape to a better place and time.  Watch TV but don’t be a couch potato.  Don’t watch the news 24/7.  Reliable sources a couple of times a day is adequate.  Cook and eat healthy meals.  Share recipes with friends and family.

Journaling and writing a good outlets for your thoughts and feelings.  Keep the faith.  Keep your spirits up.  There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  This will pass.

 

 

 

What has the pandemic showed you about yourself and others?

What has the pandemic showed you about yourself and others?

By: Leigh Morrow As the first scenes started emerging, I could only think of my week in Vietnam, interviewing the WHO conference attendees and taking my hidden camera into the rural wet markets explaining and exposing how a pandemic was building its army in Asia 

Who is The Story Guide

Who is The Story Guide

Who is The Story Guide? I’m Lily, founder, CEO, writer, author, instructor, and personal cheerleader to help you write your memoir. I’m the person most passionate about helping you write your book and empowering your creative self. I believe that everyone’s life is a story 

WHEN IS A MEMOIR NOT (JUST) A MEMOIR?

WHEN IS A MEMOIR NOT (JUST) A MEMOIR?

Guided Memoir writing is a powerful way to write and preserve your life stories and simultaneously gain profound personal insight. It provides many benefits for individual growth and I’ve been facilitating memoir-writing workshops focusing on writing to preserve a legacy and writing to .

I’m the author of one full-length memoir and many short personal essays. People sometimes ask me why people write memoirs. What I usually tell them is that there are a multitude of reasons.

The memoirists whose writing I facilitate believe they have a story to tell and felt they were the only ones who could tell it. Others wanted to study or understand certain situations. Additional reasons to write a memoir include preserving a family’s legacy, learning more about one’s ancestors, a search for personal identity, gaining insight into the past, or healing from a traumatic experience.

My inspiration for writing my life story stemmed from my reflection about what had happened historically to my family as immigrants/indentured workers from India, and about the ghosts from my Indo Guyanese/Indo Caribbean past—particularly regarding my mother’s family’s loss of hard earned “wealth”, my late paternal grandmother’s alcoholism, and the secrets kept throughout my life. The fact that my great grandmother emigrated pregnant without a husband, subsequently had two children by two other fathers were secrets to never speak of. My cousin Gaiutra Bahadur wrote her own part memoir, part history book, Coolie Woman about our shared great-grandmother. Although my mother and aunts wanted her to share my great-grandmother’s story with the world, they did not want to speak of the continuing impact on her descendants. My current memoir is a way to gain insight into the past and my personal identity.

Writer Bahadur says in The Writer Magazine that her inspiration for writing Coolie Woman, stemmed from her immigration as a child and it was a way to try to make sense of that process of change. It was a way she brought order to the chaos of immigration. “To write it down. It has been my instinct from the beginning. You can call it a missionary impulse if you like.”

Writer André Aciman believes that people write memoirs because they want a second chance to create another version of their lives.

When you write a memoir, you are writing your version of what you think happened from your own perspective. Someone else might have another version, and years and years later your perception of an incident might eventually change.

Join us and begin your guided writing journey now.

Why Should I Write My Memoir or Life Story?

Why Should I Write My Memoir or Life Story?

“I believe that the memoir is the novel of the 21st century; it’s an amazing form that we haven’t even begun to tap” said Susan Cheever. Memoirs are not just for celebrities, they are for everyday people too. Sure Michelle Obama’s Becoming is inspiring and 


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Who is The Story Guide

Who is The Story Guide

Who is The Story Guide?

I’m Lily, founder, CEO, writer, author, instructor, and personal cheerleader to help you write your memoir. I’m the person most passionate about helping you write your book and empowering your creative self.

I believe that everyone’s life is a story worth telling. I also believe that helping you tell yours in a way that honors and encourages you today will create a legacy that inspires others for generations.

Since childhood, I have sat at the breakfast table and listened to the stories of my extended family and of our history and migration across three continents. First from India to Guyana as indentured workers, then to the United States. Over the last decade, I have been on a path to listening to and preserving these stories, recipes and culture here for my family and the next generation. I was destined to be the family historian and storyteller. I have listened to the stories at the feet of my elders. And I started my career as a Journalist working for a newspaper and radio station. I made a living as a CEO for a technology company and am now helping others explore their creative selves and bring their stories to life. On any given day, you can find me listening to people’s stories everywhere from the playground, to the football stadium, to the local craft distillery or attending or perusing the creative works of others through the Maryland State Arts Council.

Our team at The Story Guide includes two journalists, a graphic designer, technologists, CEO and life coach. We have been helping people tell their stories for more than 27 years as reporters in both radio and television, as mothers and grandmothers. We have been privileged to hear and share many important narratives. Our passion is about bringing stories to life and we’ve found the most important narratives to be the truth.

As certified teachers of Guided Autobiography from The Birren Institute for Autobiographical Studies in California,  we can share helpful writing tips with you, provide helpful tools for you to use as you organize and tell your life stories, and improve your writing along the way.  With Guided Autobiography (memoir), you will create, in one book, a detailed account of your Life’s most significant passages, for yourself and for those who come after you.

How Can We help you?

The Guided Memoir offers memoir/ or autobiography services to meet you right where you are. From your first story to holding your printed book in your hand, we help take the anxiety and hassle out of writing and publishing. Whether you come to us having never written a word before, or with a partially completed manuscript, we’re ready to guide you every step of the way.

Why do we do what we do?

The mission of Guided Life Story is to honor, encourage, and enrich the lives of individuals and families through writing, telling and preserving their life stories/memoirs. By doing so, we leave a legacy and connect our lives through generations.

We accomplish our mission through Live virtual and in-person writing courses, workshops, and retreats. Our writing sessions include one hour guided flash writing sessions, 6-week guided memoir sessions, Full Day guided workshops and weekend retreats.  Services also include guidance on publishing that can deliver your books for private family libraries and guidance for those who wish to make a profit by selling their books online and locally.


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Cor Da Teen

Cor Da Teen

By: Farida Guzdar “Cor da teen” aka Quarantine My daughter was walking her dog when her three year old neighbor called from his window to inform her that they were under “cor da teen.”  What a world we live in when children that young know