Category Archives: Reflective Writing and Memory

Understanding the relationship between reflective writing and memory

Support for Your Writing Journal

Every single day, dozens and dozens of writing ideas pass us by. Take a moment to snag some of those ideas to write about later on. I  suggest using a practice similar to Oprah’s gratitude journal. Keep a Post-It tab … Continue reading

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Reflection–Dynamism and Stasis

I’m caught by the notion of stasis implicit in the dynamics of reflection. When we think visually of a reflection, for example, mountains and trees reflected in a pool of water, the dynamism occurs in the act of reflection–the bending … Continue reading

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Road Trip to the Beach: Part I

I saw the ocean for the first time when I was seventeen. It was a cold, gray day but the ocean seemed infinite and I fell in love. After many other beach trips, mostly sunny and filled with play, my delight in the ocean … Continue reading

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Childhood Road Trips

My earliest road trip memories came from when  my family traveled a couple of time a year from western North Carolina across the Smokey Mountains to visit my father’s parents on the family farm in eastern Kentucky. Interstates 40 and 75 … Continue reading

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Mind Drift and Writing Prompts

Letting our minds drift is a good way to stir our creativity. A major pull of reflective writing is the freedom to drift, letting one idea, one image connect with another–seeing a rocking chair in a magazine ad and having it call up … Continue reading

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Epic Moment—Learning to Read

I remember the exact moment I realized I could read. I was in (hmmm . . .  I think) the second grade. My family lived in a large drafty old house, and on Sunday mornings my father would get up early and light a fire in … Continue reading

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Threading Our Way toward Wholeness by Writing

Reflective writing is a conduit for memory. One prime stimulus for eliciting memories for reflection is returning to a location where one has  spent time in the past. Twice I have returned to live in an area where I lived previously. The … Continue reading

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Writing and Memory

Memory plays a major role in the process of writing–from short-term memory in the prefrontal lobe that holds the current intention to write to long-term memories in the hippocampus and cortex that hold the knowledge of how to form letters, spell words, create … Continue reading

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The Nature of Reflection

Reflecting on Language: My father had a passion for words that never dimmed. My clearest memory of him is seeing him sitting on the couch, reading, various dictionaries lined up on the couch beside him. Daddy had dictionaries for different purposes and … Continue reading

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