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I love this challenge, well obviously since I try to incorporate it into my blog on a somewhat regular, no make that on-again-off-again basis!  I first learned about this in an old AARP article which featured  the Six Word Memoir Project.  That particular example seemed to be about near dying, really very interesting, I will post those examples sometime because they were very well written.

Once again my readers have come through with some of their own Six Word Memoirs and I’m pleased to post them.  They seem to echo the end of summer and the advent of Fall and that’s where we’re at here in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.  

1. Close the windows, heat is on.      Susan

2. On the ferry going home ~ Sad      Gail

3. Leaves falling along with the temperatures     Susan

4. Seasonal sinuses, cough, sneeze, hack, wheeze  Me

5. Flu Shot signs appearing once again  Susan

6.  Summer struggling to stay alive – 80 degrees!  Me

7. Weather schizophrenic , wardrobe dilemma, boots? sandals?   Me

I don’t have a firm idea about next week’s Memoirs.  Leaving it open to your creative minds, thinking about your life, your loves, your passions, your ideals, your job, your family, your kids – WHATEVER!!!  Just send it along and you will see it posted the following week. 

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What do you think of starting the week with a six word summation of your life? The gauntlet was thrown down, the challenge put forth AND this week I have THREE more contributions from my readers!!! YES I am EXCITED!!

I know this sounds like a daunting task; when I first read about it in an AARP magazine, their challenge was a Six Word Memoir – Cheating Death.  NOW that’s hard.  From there I looked up Larry Smith who is the founder of the Six-Word Memoir Project which led me to:  http://www.smithmag.net/ (you will have to cut and paste because for some reason I am not grabbing a live link) and there, is a whole world clever witty memoirs sent in by people all over the world.

So here published for the first time anywhere:

The dog ate my homework – Gail

Memoir? My life isn’t over yet – Dani

There’s a shimmy in my spirit – Cynthia

Many of the readers of this blog know who Dani and Gail are and I think they deserve props for so graciously sending in their thoughts. Cynthia is a SITS-za who happened across my blog through the wonderful bloggy world of SITS-The Secret is in the Sauce.  You can read all about this Northern Californian kindred soul who is a photographer and loves to dance, eat chocolate and go to flea markets – YES this is my kindred spirit, you know it.  Here is a link to her blog – A Shimmy In My Spirit.

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I happened to be reading or rather leafing through the latest edition of the AARP magazine. OH GOD what a revelation! And I put in writing!!  Anyway, I came across a page entitled Six-Word Memoirs.  This particular page featured Six-Word Memoirs/Cheating Death.  They were great, really clever.  I discovered there’s something called The Six-Word Memoir Project and  I googled the term and found out that Larry Smith founded the project which is based on a literary legend.  As the story goes, Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write a story in six words.  His response:

“For Sale: Baby Shoes, never worn”.

The editors of Smith magazine challenged writers to craft their own six-word memoirs, and got some interesting results. Most of them sound kinda like crosses between a personal ad and a haiku…  Larry and co-author, Rachel Ferschleiser also have a new book coming out;  It All Changed in an Instant.

We’re all articulate and intelligent here, right??  So  I’m  inviting you to submit your own Six-Word Memoirs in any category.  AARP has invited its readers to share a Six-Word story about their worst mistake and they’ll publish some of the best – so will !!!

Here is my Six-Word Memoir about a worst mistake although the error’s  not mine.                        The oil spreads, fish are dead

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