Septemeber, 1937

And just like that it’s autumn again.  Babu writes: The leaves are just beginning  to turn and the world is so alive and radiant. This is the swan song of fall. The month begins with her wish to be back at school.  She goes to visit BPI and misses what must seem to her like…

Sunday Share: This is Youth: Nepal, Travels, and A Blog Monetized

This week’s Sunday Share is an exciting one.  I have been following This is Youth for a little while now but I actually stopped and spent some time on the blog recently.  It involves other topics, but mostly it is one of those delish travel blogs.  Oh how I love those.  This one has an…

Excerpts, August, 1937 “Nothing Exciting Happens Now”

There isn’t much that excites me more about this process then finding evidence in these pages of stories she has told me many times.  Babu had basically one job in her lifetime and she has talked to me about it many times.  She worked for Hitchcock and Company as a secretary.  They had offices in…

The Case of the Wooden Shoes

I will warn you before you read any further.  This case may never be solved.  It may live on in your memory, niggling away, as your soul searches for answers for years to come.  Those answers may never come. In August, 1937, Babu writes: Monday, August 9th, 1937 Did my first day’s work.  Seven hours. …

August, 1937

Her life has shifted.  There was a rite of passage, clear as day.  She is no longer a child.  Not in habits, not in routine, or responsibilities. She is still pinning for Benny: On the way home thought I saw Benny.  I wonder?  Oh, will I ever get over him.  When I’m alone I think…

Writing Wednesdays #1: Sucker for Alteration

This is the new weekly installment:  Writing Wednesdays!  Why?  Because I am a sucker for alteration?  No.  Because I can feel myself filling up, flooding with concepts, inspirations, and ruminations on this craft of mine that I still know nothing about.  Because I write to learn, mostly about myself, and I need to reflect and…

Miss Drude

I waited for Babu to graduate before writing this post but I’ve been gathering data on this and thinking about this post for a while.  I was a teacher for 10 years so I pay attention to her teachers and what education was like in the 30s.  (It seems pretty much the same, by the…

The Dark Side: In Honor of Norma Harry

I write a lot about contrasts in this blog.  That is life.  The good and evil. Sometimes just the kinda good and kinda bad.  As a writer, I look for structure.  I look for patterns and the way this life story is told.  It’s eerie that those patterns happen, in non intentional nonfiction.  She isn’t…

Sunday Share: 500 Cats and Crumpled Paper Cranes

One of the first blogs I followed when I started this journey was Crumpled Paper Cranes.  I was pleased when I finally took the time to scroll through my “Reader” feed and a post from this blog popped up.  With everything going on I have had barely enough time to post, let alone read other…

Blessed Life! But What Comes Next?

I often wonder if Babu realized how privileged and blessed she was.  Her teenage life is one of constant dances, experiences, friends, clothes, and comfort.  I know, she’s lonely and insecure.  She doesn’t understand why she faces constant rejection, but still!  I look at her life and feel pretty jealous.  This is THE GREAT DEPRESSION…

101 Things to do in 1001 Days One Month Recap

I can’t believe that it has been one month since I made these goals.  1001 days are going to go by fast.  This list has been an inspiration for me since, in writing it, I sought to challenge myself and encourage self care and relaxation in balance.  By reviewing this on a regular basis, I…

July, 1937

There is much to celebrate in the heat of July.  Babu says that she will “melt like a piece of wax one of these days,” yet things move along swimmingly.  (Kind of.) All About Benny: The month begins with the sentence: I guess I needn’t have worried about Benny. She didn’t know if he would…