This week, Brain, Child magazine is featuring an essay that I wrote for them several years ago. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the topic of the essay was the impetus for me to start tracing my family tree. Somewhere along the line of going back into my family’s past, after starting this blog, finding real live family members as well as artifacts on my family, I decided to write a memoir. (God willing) I”m in the home stretch. Finishing a project is always much more difficult for me than beginning, so it was a nice little sign from the universe when Brain, Child decided to feature the piece that got me going on this journey in the first place. You can read the essay here:
I got an extra dose of inspiration last Friday when I had the great pleasure of hosting a book club that included the author of the book we were discussing. Our club’s pick this month was the New York Times bestseller “Orphan Train,” by Christina Baker Kline. The night was such a treat: The novel takes a forgotten part of American history and weaves it into a compelling journey. The author brought her dad along. I got to ask a question about her book’s structure which I thought worked so well, something I”m struggling with in my own memoir.
The night was inspiring. Her obvious passion and enthusiasm for the real life orphan train riders that she met in the course of researching her book stoked a flame that’s been waning in me. For your own bit of inspiration, here’s the book trailer: