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First meetings of Writing for Generations set for Nov. 4

Writing for Generations has had an amazing informal response since an article appeared in The PREVIEW on Oct. 15.

I have received numerous phone calls and have talked with many interested people. It is exciting to think that Pagosa Springs will host the first meeting of a movement that hopefully will spread across the U.S. and beyond.

If you didn’t see the previous article in The PREVIEW, Writing for Generations is an informal group of people meeting once a month interested in writing their thoughts and ideas for future generations. These writings may include simple stories, information about relatives and family history, life experiences, historical things that happened, lessons learned and perspectives gained from life. Maybe we can leave for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren ideas to make their lives better and easier. We certainly can leave them with a wonderful feeling of being connected to someone who loved them even before they were born.

I am hoping that many people will join me once a month to support and encourage each other to write for future generations. We will share ideas, some of our stories and systems of organization. I’m hoping that groups like this will spring up around the world. We will share information on a blog as to when and where we meet, new ideas that we discover and even print some of our stories.

You may be asking: Does my writing need to be literary? Does my grammar and spelling need to be correct? Do I need to have brilliant plots and exciting adventures? I think the answer to all these questions is “No.” No one expects perfection, we just want to see love put into action and outcome? I don’t expect that my stories will be publishable or that many will want to read them, but if I can say one thing that touches the heart or illumines the mind of one of my offspring, it will be worth all the time and energy I put into it.

Please join me at the very first meeting of Writing for Generations at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Senior Center, located in the Ross Aragon Community Center. There will be an additional meeting that evening at 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Inn on North Pagosa Boulevard. We will meet the first Wednesday of each month at those two times and two locations. Hope to see you there, and so do your great-grandchildren!