Sometimes when I am struggling to write a slice, I start by reading pieces posted by others in this writing community. That experience often takes my breath away. I read posts about courage, and loss, and hard days in the classroom, young children, grown children, grandchildren, empty nests, and full plates.
Lately I’ve been thinking about the reasons why it matters that we write and share our stories.
It matters that we teach our children, those we raise and those we teach, that discovering and capturing our stories and the stories of the people we love, is meaningful work.
Community begins with connection. Connection matters more than ever right now. Through writing we connect.
Every time we write and share, every time we teach and celebrate writers, we strengthen connection. We understand ourselves and others a little bit better.
Reading and responding to stories in this slicing community is one of the best experiences I’ve had as a writer and teacher of writers.
So let’s stick together and keep slicing!