Memoir Writing Group - Lillian Smith Library 2010 - 2017
      Meetings 2-4 pm Mondays *(not on holidays)

TOPICS (September 2010 - April 2017)

24/04/17     when I was 12; mirror
10/04/17     stuff that is difficult to part with; daydreamers
3/04/17       poetry; dancing
27/03/17     neighbours; best time of my life
20/03/17     traffic jams; first funeral
13/03/17     high; home economics/industrial arts
6/03/17       repairing something; trees
27/02/17     parents; sensibility
13/02/17     book series; what do you consider romantic?
6/02/17       owing an apology; Tuesdays
30/01/17     best/worst time to write; there you go
23/01/17     alienation; secrets
16/01/17     butterflies; libraries
9/01/17       when I was 17; elementary school
19/12/16     a very strange day; airports
12/12/16     technology; beatniks ? hippies
5/12/16       ditches; siblings....older or younger
28/11/16     obsolescence; a train ride
21/11/16     sunset; handwriting
14/11/16     dreaming about the past; basket of deplorables
7/11/16       the end; shopping mall
31/10/16     Wizard of Oz; guns
24/10/16     hospitals; back to school
17/10/16     sequels; history
3/10/16       fog; clocks
26/9/16       new shoes; John Wayne
19/9/16       racoons; weird
12/916         x-rated movies; pets
29/8/16       comic duos; wish I had my camera
22/8/16       least favourite __?__ ; French (language/culture)
15/8/16       vegetables; parades; baldness
8/8/16         moon; skipping school; TV mini-series
25/7/16       horses; dreams/nightmares/daydreams
18/7/16       comic books;  marijuana
11/7/16       courtrooms/juries; immigrant
4/7/16         boarding house; Hippocratic Oath
27/6/16       books I want to read;  science
20/6/16       sad stories; game shows
13/6/16       childhood songs; comfort foods
6/6/16         substitute teacher; guilty pleasure
30/5/16       girdles; dreams; cheapskates
16/5/16       sanctuary; fire department
9/5/16         movies seen over and over; famous crime
2/5/16         unusual travel experience; poetry
25/4/16       lucky streak; can't handle the truth
18/4/16       life changing event; talk shows
11/04/16     dolls; October
4/04/16       oil; swearing
21/03/16     bucket list; wild life
14/03/16     puppets, old photos
7/03/16       bird watching; parks
29/02/16     epic movies; making a snowman
22/02/16     concert; t-shirts
8/02/16       snakes; sewing
1/02/16       ugly; civil war
25/01/16     insomnia; school field trips
18/01/16     gardens; clouds
11/01/16     movies I'd like to see;  school textbooks
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4/01/16       people I admire (or not);  boats/ships
28/12/15     missing someone dead; Peyton Place
21/12/15    Donald Duck; flying
14/12/15     puns; soap operas; ESP
7/12/15       discourteous people; ice cream
30/11/15     Saturday movies; favourite magazines
23/11/15     what others may think of you; loud noises
16/11/15     wrong choice of words; electricity
9/11/15        sandwich; Marx Brothers
2/11/15 bad language; wrong answer
26/10/15      police; fiction vs non-fiction
19/10/15      outhouses; UFOs, aliens, life on other planets
5/10/15        a race; watermelons
28/9/15        classroom films; use it or lose it; super powers
21/9/15       scars; royalty
14/9/15        Trudeaumania; Peanuts comic strip
31/8/15        old person; motorcycles
24/8/15        learning foreign languages; gym class; farmers' markets
17/8/15        movies that made me cry; divorce
10/8/15        jewelry, a lucky break; just an honest person
20/7/15        movie musicals; VCRs; learning to drive
13/7/15        waiting rooms; insurance
6/7/15          January; aunts and uncles
29/6/15        first computer; rebellion
22/6/15        bicycles; lost ? found
15/6/5          Italian food ? culture; weatherman
8/6/15          USA;  sail boats
1/6/15          arts/music festivals; better beware
25/5/15        shadows;  embarrassing moment/event
11/5/15  &nb">19/1/15       first vote; westerns
12/1/15       shopping; cult TV shows ? movies
5/1/15         Sundays; gossip
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29/12/14     coffee table books; siblings
22/12/14     last call; hydro
15/12/14     mystery; Asian cultures
8/12/14       Fridays; street names
1/12/14       birthday; corn
24/11/14    ideal holiday; singing in a choir
17/11/14    national parks; TV comedies
10/11/14    trust; magazines
3/11/14      natural disaster; books to read in future
27/10/14    best present; early radio
20/10/14    fruit trees; candy store/candy lady/man
6/10/14      buffet restaurants; baking bread
29/9/14      early TV; fireworks
22/9/14      vinyl records; romances
15/9/14      coincidences - lucky/unlucky; cell phones
8/9/14        encylopedia; grandparents
25/8/14      euthanasia; swimming
18/8/14      end of the world; recurring dreams
11/8/14      joy of life; entitlement
28/7/14      strawberries/raspberries; exhibition/fair
21/7/14      Thursdays; favourite thing at home
14/7/14      weddings; inspiration
7/7/14        gypsys;  gangsters
23/6/14      agenda; dirt roads
16/6/14      changing season; astrology; fortune telling
9/6/14        deaths of famous people; big city; sensitivity
2/6/14        New York City; ethnic cuisine; childhood play-acting
26/5/14      affair to remember; funniest situation; learning music
12/5/14      memorable birthday party; board games; my doppelganger
5/5/14         family vacation; expo/fair; shopping centres
28/4/14      ethnic idiosynchracies; historic moments; detention
14/4/14      a garden; is that all there is? letting someone down
7/4/14        snubbing; first movie I saw; museums
31/3/14      December; any last requests?
24/3/14      a party; newspapers
17/3/14      first memory; humiliation; famous personality for a date
10/3/14      time - too much/not enough; blondes
3/3/14        going to a play; August
24/2/14      hangups; unusual/memorable neighbours
10/2/14      June;  traveling by boat
4/2/14        wish I'd said that; showing guests around town
27/1/14      ignoring people;  a titled name
20/1/14      puzzles;  folk music
13/1/14      how's your junk?  horses
6/1/14        institutions;  learning music
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16/12/13   if you could be anywhere else;  rules: good or bad
9/12/13     lie I wish I had told;  my favourite teacher
2/12/13     way to die;  Walt Disney
25/11/13   impromptu speaking; landmark building; hair dye/colour
18/11/13   classroom fights; smoking pot
11/11/13   first love, May, snowy day
4/11/13     betrayal; February
28/10/13   pot luck dinner; worst mistake ever made
21/10/13   something-not what it appeared to be; being chosen last
7/10/13     breakfast; bad grades; Saturday rituals
30/9/13     farm life; trips/vacations
23/9/13     best compliments; September
16/9/13     change of residence;  unusual meal
9/9/13       expectations; tv commercials
26/8/13     joys of senility; forbidden fruit
19/8/13     border crossings/customs; watches/clocks
12/8/13     bargains; looking through a window
29/7/13     hoarders;  talking to oneself
22/7/13     things that scared me; clouds
15/7/13     children's books I liked; family cars
8/7/13       countryside around home; body building
24/6/13     visit to the hospital;  what to do when all libraries close
17/6/13     helicopter; teacher/mentor
10/6/13     what about the future? God?
3/6/13       missed/mixed-up appointments; worst job
27/5/13     vague or wrong directions; people watching; body language
13/5/13     family ties; what 2 wishes to grant the world; outhouses
6/5/13      Alzheimers; happiness is an illusion
29/4/13    why move to another planet? worst answering machine message; your home town
22/4/13    sunrise/sunset;  what dream do you choose to have?
15/4/13    rain; rather fly or be invisible?
8/4/13      early rejections; high school teachers; what super power to be?
25/3/13    daily joys; woods/forest
18/3/13    driving lessons; joys of senility; if the world ran on laughter, would we ever run out?
11/3/13    first memories of TV; asking for assistance; favourite grandparent
4/3/13      class you loved or hated; an addiction; bedtime
25/2/13    internal adventures; being misunderstood/misunderstandings
11/2/13    a special treat; lady luck
4/2/13      first pet; place you hate to go
28/1/13    your less desirable traits; procrastination
21/1/13    grandparents; it happened at 16
14/1/13   best laid plans; elementary school
7/1/2013  practical jokes; bag ladies; favourite caps/hats
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17/12/12  something relaxing; first Christmas away from home
10/12/12  hair on fire; try something new
3/12/12    a funeral; bad kids (juvenile delinquents); women don't sweat
26/11/12  regrets; out at sea
19/11/12  an advertisement; something you'd rather not do
12/11/12  best gift; visiting historic site(s); outside your window
5/11/12    police; fiction vs non-fiction; your factory - producing what?
29/10/12  multi-tasking; what instrument would you play (if you could)
22/10/12  lost keys; inherited from parents; on the way to the library
15/10/12  summer; hidden fear
1/10/12   hand me downs; the downside
24/9/12   moving day; a name
17/9/12   a rainbow; discrimination
10/9/12   trespassers will be prosecuted, grass is greener, sermons
30/7/12   noise; strong opinion; cats
23/7/12   affair to remember; wildlife/wilderness; creature comforts
16/7/12   transportation; super hero; bullies
9/7/12     epitaph/eulogy; humour; furnishings
25/6/12   nostalgia; security
18/6/12   black sheep of the family; fashion/style; jokes and tricks
11/6/12   "sticks and stones"; worst job,
4/6/12     an accident; what's in a name? a past relic
28/5/12   if animals talk back; colour; a hated place
14/5/12   awkward moment; proud accomplishment; "take me to your leader"
7/5/12     mountains; computer accessories; first TV
30/4/12   someone you dislike; scars; back to the womb
23/4/12   city life vs country life; midlife; a phone message
16/4/12   want to be a different sex? washroom graffiti; memorable telephone call
2/4/12     older women with younger men; closed libraries; a remembered basement
12/3/12   a photograph; pets (unusual or conventional)
5/3/12     why write? patience; living in an overcrowded world
12/2/12   a photograph; pets (unusual or conventional)
3/3/12     why write?  patience;  how to live in an overcrowded world
27/2/12    meeting a stranger; "I wasted my life doing ?"
13/2/12    the ocean; children
 6/2/12     treated unfairly; book read as a child
30/1/12    progress; good advice
23/1/12    dinnertime; different point of view
16/1/12    a day without writing; birds and bees
 9/1/12     starting life over age 21 years old;  excuses
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19/12/11  toilet seat position; if born opposite sex; if born an animal
12/12/11  sleeping in; drivers' attitudes
5/12/11    police; favourite neighbourhood
28/11/11  use it or lose it; getting ripped off
21/11/11  soul food; parades
14/11/11  nasty pests; littering
7/11/11    artistic endeavors; he/she looks like my ex
31/10/11  home decoration; irony-surprise- incongruity
24/10/11  a favourite writer and why; if I could come back
17/10/11  a machine that interested you;  telephone calls
3/10/11    Thanksgiving Holiday - no meeting
26/9/11    going to the park; all about writing
19/9/11    time: (clocks, watches, calendars, alarm clocks, etc.); superstitions
12/9/11    a child dies; politics
29/8/11    cemeteries; assumptions
22/8/11    babies; someone who is really odd/different/eccentric
15/8/11    religion:  (worship, church, synagogue, etc., a religious experience; insects
8/8/11      a choice you made; meal preparation; cooking, baking; a recipe, etc.
25/7/11    greedy people; most embarassing moment(s)
18/7/11    thieves, stealing, something you had stolen from you;  water
11/7/11    sibling rivalry or not ; summer camp ?/or camping; ADHD or bipolar disorder
4/7/11      fishing/hunting; tell a niece or nephew a memory of their parent
27/6/11    a lie you were told (or told);  biggest time or money wasters
20/6/11    a favorite book or film; dangerous games (child or adult); words that make me laugh
13/6/11    being disobedient to parents/teachers, the law; a mystery – something you are or were unable to explain; board games
6/6/11      being out of place or different from most of the people around you; a walk in the neighborhood
30/5/11    first day of school; fear – something you were/are afraid of; a childhood misadventure
16/5/11    the tenant or landlord from hell; if your life was a film, who would play you?
9/5/11      a place you visited; sun, moon, stars, stargazing; night sky; a sound
2/5/11      a thing you would like to be;  being in danger; music
18/4/11    meals (food, mealtime, a favorite meal); what you wish you could still do
4/4/11      describe an accident or event; saying goodbye; teachers
28/311      fire; feeling homesick
21/3/11    a music lesson you didn’t want; birds; dressed inappropriately for an occasion
14/3/11    comical family story; chocolate
7/3/11      why write? ; childhood prank
28/2/11    night noises; what you hate
14/2/11    illness or injury; grocery shopping
7/2/11       instructions to child you once were;  darkness/night
31/1/11     rude people; describe a sibling growing up
24/1/11     favorite shows; waiting room
17/1/11     books you read as a child; hair
10/1/11     why did you decide to/ what inspired you to write a memoir; manners
3/1/11        insects; pets
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20/12/10    "I'm thinking of...."; Holidays
22/11/10    flight or flying; twins;  feet
15/11/10     Seasons; pet peeves
8/11/10       goodbye/farewell;  menus (soul food, favourite foods)
1/11/10       tools; libraries
25/10/10     a parting of the ways;  weather experience
18/10/10     home;  a special trip
4/10/10       animals I have known;  many times...
27/9/10       once upon a time.....; What can you give up knowing?
20/9/10       what did you know in your heart? ; Old lover you can't forget
13/9/10       money;  watches
6/9/10         mother's shoes;  something ordinary

Undated topics......
if from the future and I were to come back to advise me
marriage customs
[ not used ] - the 2 gryphons guarding the library

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8/11/10       goodbye/farewell;  menus (soul food, favourite foods)
1/11/10       tools; libraries
25/10/10     a parting of the ways;  weather experience
18/10/10     home;  a special trip
4/10/10       animals I have known;  many times...
27/9/10       once upon a time.....; What can you give up knowing?
20/9/10       what did you know in your heart? ; Old lover you can't forget
13/9/10       money;  watches
6/9/10         mother's shoes;  something ordinary

Undated topics......
if from the future and I were to come back to advise me
marriage customs
[ not used ] - the 2 gryphons guarding the library

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Back to Monday-Memoir-Writers