“The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.”
Stephen Jay Gould
Today’s Literary Birthday
Russian physician and author Anton Chekov was born on this day in 1860. Chekov once said, “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress.” He nevertheless was second only to Leo Tolstoy among Russian writers of his day. Raymond Carver has called Chekov the “greatest of all short story writers.” Chekov is probably best known for his plays Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. In these plays he uses a stream of consciousness technique to create a “theater of mood’ in which he “submerged life in the text.”
Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:
Which of your personal characteristics do you most cherish, or are you the most proud of? Which do you regret or wish to change?