MARCH 2021 Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement:   Due to Covid-19, our meeting venues are closed until further notice.  Our next meeting will be on , March 27, 2021, 3:00 p.m. (CT) on Zoom, hosted by the Fort Davis Library.  We will have no time limit and are most grateful for their willingness to host the meeting for us.  Please watch your email for invite to this meeting.  All due paying members will receive the invitation.

Photo Writing Prompts:  Members’ Photos (See description below)

Program:  Pam Breithaupt – How many times have you ever thought what your life would be like if you’d  taken a different path?  

Moderator:  Robbie Ann Burns

Refreshments:  None

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!


From the TMTW Steering Committee

Spring has sprung and flowers are blooming!  I don’t know about anyone else, but sure wish the wind would settle down a bit.  I know that pollination is enabled by some wind, but I swaney, we’re going  to have things pollinated all the way from California with these winds!  I do hope that you are seeing the beauty that is out there for us to enjoy.   We had planned to have Tumbleweed Smith to present our program this month, but for the first time in a year, he is going to be able to visit with his son and family.  Family always come first in our books!  We look forward to his presentation for next month’s meeting.

Robbie Ann Burns, TMTW Board Member

Program:  Pam Breithaupt

How many times have you ever thought what your life would be like if you’d  taken a different path?  Here’s your chance to try out possible scenarios. 

Make a list of several times your life might have changed direction. Note your age, people involved, locations, career choices, etc.

One example:  My second summer in college when I was 19 I fell in love with a guy who was 30.  Imagine if I had married Bill instead of marrying Jack when I was 23 (and he was 49).  Oh, and what would my life have been like as stepmother to Bill’s four little boys whose mother had died in a car accident (7, 5-year-old twins, and a 2-year-old)?   Could I have still become a school teacher as planned? ! ?

Choose several examples of crossroads in your own life. Write a few paragraphs, or a page describing that life in story form. We will each read at least one example and take a little time to expand on one of your ideas.

Note:  This idea was inspired by reading Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library.  The author creates an unhappy woman who is given the chance to explore parallel universes.

The Midnight Library’s introduction:

‘ Between life and death there is a library,‘ she said.  ‘ and within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices. . .  Would you have done anything different, if you have the chance to undo your regrets?’

Quotes I love from Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library: 

She realized that you could be as honest as possible in life, but people only see the truth if it is close enough to their reality. As Thoreau wrote, “ It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

 You don’t have to understand life.

You just have to live it.

We only know what we perceive. Everything we experience is ultimately just our perception of it. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

 Never underestimate the big importance of small things.

Every life contains many millions of decisions. Some big, some small. But every time one decision is taken over another, the outcomes differ. An irreversible variation occurs, which in turn leads to further variations. . .

The sky grows dark    The black over blue   Yet the stars still dare    to shine for you.

Will my life be univaculously  free from pain, despair, grief, heartbreak, hardship, loneliness, depression? No.

But do I want to live?      Yes.  Yes.

A thousand times, yes.

She didn’t want to die. And she didn’t want to live another life than the one that was hers. The one that could be a messy struggle. A beautiful messy struggle. 

Zoom Meeting:  Saturday, March 27, 2021, 3 to 5p.m


Photo Writing Prompts – Members’ Photos & Word Prompts

We are excited to announce that we are adding word prompts to our  monthly prompts which will give you a little more encouragement to write.  Remember, your first thoughts are worth jotting down to see where the story might take you.

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompts by submitting good quality, sharp ORIGINAL (YOUR photo – not someone else’s) images in JPG format to Jerri Garza.  Do not send anything from the Internet as we would be subject to heavy fines.

Send two to four images no later than the 10th of each month to Jerri at .  Jerri will then send four selections to Robbie for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please have images at high resolution for publication. There is no monetary compensation for TMTW use of members’ images.  Images must be received by the deadline for use in the writing prompts.  It is not required to submit images for writing prompts participation.

The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  If you wish, you may read or have your Opportunity read at the monthly meeting.  You can choose to write about one, several, or all images.  If all images are selected for the Writing Opportunity, then attempt to combine the images into one related assignment.

Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you.  You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos.  Black and white versions of members photos may be included in the Chaos if anyone chooses their photo as writing inspiration.  Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email Jerri at .

Word Prompts submitted by Jerri Garza

It Must Be True   

ingredients

The Battle That Wasn’t 

deadlines

This month’s photo writing prompts are the images below, should you like to use them.

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

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