A Patchwork of Memories

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PREFACE

December 1983

The chapters of this book spanning the course of a life time, are a collection of memoirs, reflecting memorable episodes in the lives of the participants in our writing class.

During the past year it was my sincere pleasure to work with the senior Citizens every Tuesday morning in the writing of their autobiography. We began as a small group and grew in fellowship to a class of twenty, extending our friendship and writing talents to any who desired to join us. This book is a culmination of our efforts, having summoned up lost memories, we shared our sorrows and joys of the past, and we felt a need for a measure of permanence in our writing as any author does. This book has provided our class the enduring promise of immortality in the written word.

As a volunteer, I have worked to design a writing course for senior citizens, whereby their written personal history would become, a treasure of their family, a preservation of the history of our society and an experience of self renewal for the author.

It is my hope for the future that this course will foster a growing interest in writing autobiography, and will allow me to extend this program to other senior groups, in churches, retirement centers and nursing homes.

I wish to acknowledge the generous help and encouragement given to us during the writing of this book by Connie Barnhouse, Beth McBay, and Ren Pope, of Tulsa Senior Services. A special thanks to Southminister Presbyterian Church for the use of their Board Room as our meeting place.

 Joanne R. Woods

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