“When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground." It’s an African proverb. I think every person is a library of stories and the world is made up of our stories.

I will send you a wildly authentic one every Sunday morning to read while you have your coffee.

And here’s a little inspiration if you are thinking of writing your story:

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” ― Anne Lamott

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a story you wish to share or a comment about something that was published. My email is agoldbloom@videotron.ca

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Alice Goldbloom

A believer that stories connect us all.

Beth Kaplan

Beth Kaplan is the author of four books: a biography, two memoirs, and a guide to creative writing that's the textbook for her courses at U of T. Her latest book is Midlife Solo, a memoir-in-essays. www.bethkaplan.ca.

John Aylen

John Aylen is a book publisher and marketing professor who divides his time between Orford, Quebec, and Montreal.

David Goldbloom

I'm a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto who recently retired from clinical practice - so now I have more time to write.

Rona Maynard

Author of STARTER DOG: MY PATH TO JOY, BELONGING AND LOVING THIS WORLD. Former Editor of Chatelaine magazine. Married more than 50 years despite predictions we would never last. Avid urban hiker with the rescue mutt known as Casey.

Irene Templeman Walker

Sings alto, unrelentingly optimistic, and believes in the Oxford comma - most of the time.

Virginia Fisher Yaffe

Virginia Fisher Yaffe is intensely grateful to have reached a considerable age. She tries hard to keep looking forward imagining a world where humanity prizes similarities rather than differences.

Susie Kaufman

Retired hospice chaplain and archivist, Susie Kaufman, is the author of Twilight Time: Aging in Amazement. Her focus has always been on lifting up people's stories and seeing them in the context of the larger story that embraces all of us.

jen parker

jen parker is a writer living in the bay area with her husband, 4 kids and 0 dogs. her family had a fish that seemed neglect-proof, but it died. please don't tell her youngest.

Bryan Demchinsky

Former Montreal Gazette editor. Still writing, still editing.

Kristin Shannon

Somehow, sometime, somewhere, I stopped writing. Detour -marriage, kids, and a fulfilling interior design career. I am thinking that all the decades of words I stored are now busting to get out.

anna

Anna designs and teaches memoir-based writing courses.