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Hi everybody and a happy new year to all. First, I have a new user name: dragonflymind. It used to be mrlarabee9 and I am happy for you to know that my real name is Marcia. I took a year-long+ hiatus from the Writing Memoir forum - occasionally peeking at the topics and reading your engaging entries. Reason: an on-going and difficult family matter that sapped most of my physical and emotional energy. I must leave the angst behind and rejoin my own life, which formerly included regular writing here on Writing Memoir. I miss my memoir writing friends and want to get to know the new people now posting.
Question: I just updated my "bio" for AARP but wonder why it seems so difficult to access. Whatever I click, even with my AARP friends, I get a page with their topic contributions. Of course, I'm interested in seeing the entries but I also like to see my friends' bios and would like you to be able to read mine, if you like. Although I am not completely isolated, I do consider these forums, especially Writing Memoir, as well as facebook, important to the fullness of my life. I LOVE that I can be friends, even close friends, with people I have never met in person.
As I write I'm reminded of the pen pal I had at Framingham High School (MA) during our town's 250th anniversary. Framingham was named for Framlingham, England and part of the celebration was connecting teenagers between the two towns. I wish I could remember her name but we corresponded for several years and always wished we could meet. How I looked forward to her letters - getting to know someone through mere words on paper! Somewhere I have her picture, in fact, her face (her sly smile and curly hair) just came to me. I wonder if I'll stumble across the little photo as I work at clearing out the detritus I've dragged along with me through my many physical moves.
My user name "dragonflymind" describes how my brain feels to me. Have you ever watched a dragonfly fly? Stop, turn direction, start again, flit, change course. Once, when I lived in Round Pond, ME, I was sitting on the bulkhead writing in my journal and a lovely dragonfly landed on the top of my page, stopping long enough for me to sketch her. From that moment on, the dragonfly became my symbol. More recently when I was diagnosed with ADHD ("why, of course, my 4 year-younger sister said, that explains everything"), I understood how the tiny insect reflects the way I think and act.
So, darting back to the point (one of them, at least) of this post: Can any of you, I'm thinking especially Nancy and Sara, click onto my biography and read my AARP biography???