Happy Birthday to the Academy!
Monday: May 18, 2015
Earnest Hemingway is my favorite author, and Frank Lloyd Wright is very exceptional, since I bring with the Transformative Blog much of my memories past from the bustling city of Chicago. However, on my birthday today, May 18th, I plan to bring as much of a moveable feast to my upcoming memoir, as Earnest Hemingway did with his own writing.
A part of transforming is recognizing upcoming life events that will not only change your life, but the person whom resides at the seat of your soul. It's my birthday, and I therefore want to pay homage to my life, to my years on planet earth. I'd like to do it in a much polished way; recognizing years spent with certain friends, loving a child, and finding out who I really am as a person. I'm studying French again, this time with a vigor that cannot be questioned, as I plan to be somewhat fluent in French for my trip to Paris in 2016. Additionally, I have yet to spend the summer with Tin Lizzie on Beth's Boat in Cali. Not to mention catching a ferry up the straights of Mackinac, maybe even sailing from the straights, the nearly 300 miles up into Canada. And then there is biking around the island every morning for a couple of weeks! Now, what about my writing? Where does the incorrigibly unpretentious writer venture off to?
In my Writing Workshop I class at Columbia in the fall of 1979, Professor Margaret Yntema motivated me, challenged me, and changed the way in which I saw the world. It was the first year that I read from the greatest of writers. I read Toni Morrison'sBlack Boy and Song of Solomon. I read the required reading, some of which was Herman Melville's Moby Dick. More writing personified, was when I read my most favorite piece by Hemingway that I first read when I was just 15 years old: A Clean, Well Lighted Place.
While allowing for such marvelous works of literature to resonate within your mind, one cannot help but to see life differently. I think about everything I ever saw, tasted, dreamt, and felt passion for. What do I want my legacy to be? What does the Holy Spirit really want me to know about myself; about this place on earth in which I reside?
In my 54th year on planet earth, I'd like to thank my mother for sending me for eight summers to the Art Institute of Chicago. Even though my family is disconnected, with some distance off in Cali, some in Chicago, and the southern portion of the U.S., I can still say that I've made it thus far. I now love and adore the southern portion of the U.S., and I'm currently studying the history of the southwestern Nevada. Who am I? Well, I think I'm a classy, introverted artistic, freelance writer, and web designer, who runs an ESL company. I love communicating with my students all across the globe, and I love all of my children and their children. I love and adore my little cuties. Thanks big world for all of the experiences thus far. In the photos I've place to the left, I'm telling you my wonderful experiences. Thanks for them all. Happy Birthday to me! Happy birthday Gia Benigni di Borgo!
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