Saturday, February 16, 2008

Current Events

Sometimes current events really affect your life. Right now there is talk of a recession in our country. How does this affect you? It is said that a recession is when your neighbor looses his job and a depression is when you lose your job. Writing down what has happened in your life and how it relates to what is happening in the nation adds a new dimension to your story.
I would like to know more of how the Depression affected my parents who were in their teens and early twenties during that time, but since they have passed away I can only surmise how it affected them. I think my father only finished 8th grade partly because of the Depression. He chose to work on his sister's and brother-in-law's farm instead of traveling 15 miles to attend high school every day or possibly having to board in the town where the high school was. My mother did finish high school, but she lived in the town where her high school was.
Today, in the city three of my daughters live in, a young women who has been missing for about a month was found murdered. Police are searching for a serial rapist. My daughters have changed some of their routines to protect themselves.
When we hear of disasters like hurricanes, floods, and other disasters that may cause people to evacuate their homes, we plan to prepare items to take with us quickly in case we need to evacuate. Recording what we did to prepare for disaster and how we may have coped with a disaster adds a lot to our stories. Several years from now our grandchildren or great grandchildren may be interested to know how did we cope with the events going on around us.
Remember to consider what is happening in the world around you and how it has affected you as you write your story.

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