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Mondays with Melitas – October 13, 2014

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So here we are all gathered to give a big send-off to Vickie and her book. Once I talked her into joining the writing group, there was no stopping her. And she was trying to tell me, “Oh, I don’t think I can write stuff down, I don’t think it’s for me. You know how I do stand-up, and that’s it. But then again there may come a time when I can no longer stand up. So go ahead, Melitas, take me to this Tammy person.”


I got into this scene similarly when my friend Diane Gill said the two of us should go see what this writing school was about – she had family stuff she wanted to put down, and she told me I had all these stories I go around telling incessantly. We went. We liked. It’s either 5 or 6 years for me. My brain says Oct 2009, but maybe it was 2010.


I didn’t stop trying to coerce friends, and even strangers to come write their little hearts out. It would do them good. One day in Shelley Cooper’s Physical Therapy place, I was sitting there minding my own business. Sitting next to me, this lady asked a few questions about the therapy, and before you know it, I have her all gung ho on writing her memoirs. Pam Cooke from Oregon.


Now then, there’s a friend here today, Georgia Sobiech, whom I have been leaning on for quite some time to get her buns into class. She has 2 dumb brothers that could keep her busy just writing about them. She lives over in Sun City- Banning, so might be a little far for her.


So, I have tried to do my part to find more women who would get so much satisfaction out of pouring their hearts out on a piece of paper. It’s a real thrill. When I had spotted Vickie across the room at a golf luncheon, I said to myself. “She needs to be going to Tammy’s classes. She has one or two funny stories to tall. I’ll try to reel her in.” I grabbed her and gave her the old pep talk, telling her that she should come join the group, and she could write her 2 stories. She hemmed and hawed, and saying she didn’t think she could do that.


She showed up for classes, then before you knew it, she had her stories on a production line and here she is today, standing there with loads of books which she is going to sucker us into buying.


MELITAS FORSTER                                               OCTOBER 13, 2014


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