Capturing Shimmering Images

This weekend I attended an intensive workshop on memoir led by Lisa Dale Norton, author of Shimmering Images.  We were a class of a little more than a dozen – perfect size for the intimate kind of work we would be doing.

We learned to capture the fleeting moments of our past as they flit through our memories like butterflies. I netted some beautiful and poignant ones from my growing up.

We wrote and shared our writings in small groups. Then we wrote and read aloud to the entire group. We ran  the gamut from hilarity to pathos, but there wasn’t a dry eye in the room on our last afternoon. We discovered there was a larger meaning in the things that we had experienced.

It helped me put into perspective that God has a different view of our lives than we have.  He sees a larger picture than we do. He knows the end from the beginning. He is aware of and in charge of the long term effects of the incidents in our lives.

I am so glad that we can trust him.

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3 responses to “Capturing Shimmering Images

  1. Yes, Laura, it was a productive weekend. It changed some of my perspectives on my writing in general as well as memoir. Thank you for your comment.

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  2. “We learned to capture the fleeting moments of our past as they flit through our memories like butterflies. I netted some beautiful and poignant ones from my growing up.” How beautifully put!

    Your weekend sounds quite wonderful and productive.

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  3. Sounds like a great experience. As a writer it is so difficult to own our own lives….

    Regards,
    Radhika.
    http://undershadow.wordpress.com

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