News: It’s Her Birthday!

by Matilda Butler on June 11, 2013

catnav-news-active-3Post #97 – Memoir Writing News – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler



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Happy Birthday Kendra

Congratulations, Kendra. You definitely don’t look older, but the calendar tells me that it’s your birthday.

Balloons? Cake? Lobster?

How will you celebrate your special day?

I want to invite all of our readers to wish you a Happy Birthday.

Memoir Writing Prompt

When a good friend has a birthday, it often brings back memories of our own birthdays or those of our children. When you read this blog, we hope you’ll use it as an opportunity to write for 10 minutes.

1. What is your favorite birthday present from your last birthday?

2. What is the one birthday gift that you’ll always remember?

3. What is the best birthday gift you’ve ever given?

4. Have you ever forgotten a family member’s birthday? Write about the circumstances. [And hey. Don't beat yourself up. We're all only human.]

Enjoy the Day

The words above are, of course, meant for Kendra. But they are also meant for each person reading this blog post. Imagine it is exactly one year from now and you have an opportunity to read about today, June 11, 2013. What will you write? What have you done for yourself to enjoy the day? What have you done for someone else? Maybe, you’ll look back on this day and recall that you started a new writing project or made good progress on your current writing or you got an idea for a novel or you connected with an old friend for the first time in 10 years.

There are many ways to make this day special. Do one of them.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kendra Bonnett June 11, 2013 at

Thanks, Matilda. And I know what I’d write a year from now. Since I’d be a year older, I could chronicle all the ways I had become more decrepit. What new things had gone wrong. Just kidding. Everything’s still working pretty well. But, then again, who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Matilda Butler June 11, 2013 at

You decrepit? I don’t think so. From my more senior age, let me assure you…the best is yet to come. Enjoy this year!

Ronda Armstrong June 15, 2013 at

Happy Birthday Kendra! May you may many more special memories!
How about this Kendra and Matilda– how do you measure your joy or vitality as you age? For example, as a ballroom dancer, my ability to continue dancing helps me take into account the inevitable signs of aging, yet stay positive about my body, and adjusting when I must. I think you get the idea –what are the positive ways we think about aging…and in that sense, the best is yet to come!

Edwina Cowgill June 15, 2013 at

Happy Birthday Kendra! I hope it’s the best ever!

Marcy June 15, 2013 at

Happy Birthday Kendra! And thank you for all the work you do to make the Women’s Memoir site so special!

Lynn Purvis-Yund June 15, 2013 at

Happy Birthday Kendra – My gift to you is my appreciation of Women’s Memoir and your support of women writers, thanks!

Cindy Wilber June 15, 2013 at

Happy Birthday Kendra! Have a great year!

Kendra Bonnett June 15, 2013 at

Ronda, that’s an awesome response to Matilda’s writing prompt. Love your positive attitude…it will take you far.

Kendra Bonnett June 15, 2013 at

Thank you Edwina and Marcy. I enjoyed a fun birthday filming my husband in the rain and getting soaked to the bone. I’ve always said I plan to live to 120 so Jim put number candles 1-2-0 on my cake. So we had a good laugh.

Kendra Bonnett June 15, 2013 at

Thanks, Lynn…and thank you for your comment about Women’s Memoirs. Everyone who frequents this site makes all the work worthwhile.

Kendra Bonnett June 15, 2013 at

Thank you, Cindy. That is exactly what I have planned!

Matilda Butler June 15, 2013 at

Kendra:

I’d like to second all the comments about your support of women writers in general and specifically all the wonderful women who come to Women’s Memoirs. Cheers to you!

Donna June 16, 2013 at

Happy Birthday Kendra! May there be many more wonderful days and years.

Pamela Williamson June 16, 2013 at

Happy Birthday Kendra! Hope your special day was all you’d hoped it would be. :)

Johnine Simpson June 16, 2013 at

Dear Kendra:

I hope your birthday was all you might have wished it to be. Also hope you took the opportunity to ‘write’ about this birthday or another memorable one in your life using all your hints in Writing Alchemy!! Then, of course, you must post it on your website. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Kendra Bonnett June 16, 2013 at

Thanks Donna and Pamela.

Grace Peterson June 17, 2013 at

Hi Ya’all. I’m late to the party. I hope you had a wonderful birthday Kendra. I always envy people who have birthdays in the spring and summer when the weather is nice and you can enjoy the long day. (Mine is in boring November. Poor me. :)

Thank you for all you do to help memoir writers like myself. I appreciate your dedication and hard work. You and Matilda make a great team.

Cheers.

Sherrey Meyer June 17, 2013 at

Happy birthday, dear Kendra! Celebrating the enthusiasm you show for your work at Women’s Memoirs and the gift of your knowledge, wisdom and advice.

Sallie Moffitt June 18, 2013 at

Happy Belated Birthday, Kendra! Keep entertaining us with vignettes about your family. My favorite is the one about your sister buying the cuckoo clock in Europe. Or is it the one about finding the ducks and raising them? Oh well, you are an inspiration to all of us. Thanks, Sallie

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