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Write Your Story… A Moment in Time Prompt

This prompt really inspired one of the member to write the outline to her life story…she plans to work on this , however she agreed to share her inspiration because of the prompt.

A Moment in Time/an Aha Event/ Split /second Timing

By Meg Green/ Union City Library Membber

What a thought provoking assignment! Mine have been a sequence of aware nesses, from deciding to accept my parents offer to send me away to college as they awaited 7th baby and took in a foreign exchange student from Bolivia whose host family of 4 didn’t work out.

To choosing a BS in Elementary Education as a major supposing it would be the easiest course of study to obtain a degree in rather than going for Social Work which the head of Dept. said I was more suited for. Consequently, the money did not accumulate as it might have.

To accepting a secretarial position at the University of San Francisco which led to an administrative asst. spot in Campus Ministry for a few years. Later we would use the Faculty Lounge for our wedding reception after marriage in the Mission Dolores Basilica.

To managing the gift shop in San Francisco’s Cathedral of the Assumption on Nob Hill ad  meeting folks from all over the world. Then to selling ads for the San Francisco Magazine which was not my cup of tea but there was told about the Johnson o Conner aptitude Test which was a 2 day test in a human engineering lab to help determine what I was born to do. It shed light on my manual dexterity which enable me to enter Moler Barber College and start a new career with The Barbers I n the St. Francis Hotel. Thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

To getting to hear Mother Theresa gives her talks in 3 churches in San Francisco while volunteering at A Free pregnancy Center. And bursting into tears when she took both my hands into hers saying “God Bless you”

To adopting a sibling pair in our 40s and seeing them striving in their 20s to cathing out their own life journeys with more than a few ups and downs. Whose life is perfect anyway? As my dad once said to me, “We got you to 18 and hoped for the best”. Six of us have at least one degree. But he thought #7 named after himself and who also loved flying earned more money than the first 6 of his children. Tom is a pilot for frontier and takes advantage of free travel.

To teaching for Hayward Unified Older Adult and Substantially Handicapped program later changed to 55+ and then becoming a caregiver with in Home Support Services while serving on the Senior Commission here in Union City.

In my mind’s eye mine had been a “rosary or series of Aha events” which I hope and pray can keep on keeping on free of dementia until my last breath. My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN but my father never accepted it and was able to keep her at home until her heart gave out. He fulfilled her prophesy that were she to die before him. He’d remarry and go through all their savings. I ‘ve seen too many families fight when large amount money ….

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, for an   informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it!  We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.

Third Tuesday of the Month:  December 19 ,January  16, and February 20

 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Some New Children’s Books at Union City Library

Let’s take a look at some new Children’s books that have just arrived at the Union City Library.

First off, the book Just Like Me by Joshua Seigal and illustrated by Amelie Faliere is a delightful picture book where the characters repeat actions to be “just like me.” Like many picture books, it ends with that most desirable ending where all go to sleep.

Just Like Me

Rhyming text encourages young readers to copy the actions of the main character, from rubbing a tummy to leaping in the air.

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Next we have In the Woods by Thereza Rowe.
In the Woods
There’s lots going on in the woods . . . Olly the horse is tired of waiting to turn into a unicorn like his friends. Lionel thelion is terribly embarrassed by his hair- loss. And Red the fox won’t come out of her hole because the wedding cake she spent hours preparing has been gobbled up.
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And finally, Too Big or Too Small by Catherine Leblanc and Eve Tharlet.
Too big or too small
Whatever Little Bear does, it seems his parents feel he is either too BIG, or too small. What’s a little bear to do when he doesn’t seem to be the right size for anything he wants to do? Maybe if he turns the table on his parents, they’ll see what it’s like when you’re never the right size.
JPB Leblanc

 

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Write Your Story ….War Prompt

 

WAR

Submitted by Patricia Eng, Union City Library Member

A sentry sat in a guard tower holding his rifle to his side, gazing toward green fields.  It was the middle of July, hot and humid, temperatures rising to 100 degrees.  Past the fields was an estuary and beyond that were the wooded hills of North Korea.  We took snapshots in front of the barbed wire fence that separated us from the guard tower.  There were a few other tourists milling around and a handful of activists talking about the reunification of North and South Korea.  This was one stop in a two-week tour which included visits to Independence Hall (commemorating independence from Japan), the Seoul Olympic Park, and the Seoul Zoo.

I asked my husband if it was safe to be here at the border of North and South Korea.  He said Koreans have been living under the threat of war for so long that nobody thinks it will ever actually happen.  Meanwhile, all the men in Korea are obligated by law to serve 2-3 years in the military after turning 18.  Although there is no active war, many of them are injured or die during training in the rugged Korean wilderness.  My husband was in the Korean army about 35 years ago.   He’s talked about supplementing his meager rations by catching and roasting snakes.  He suffers from hearing loss because a brutal superior hit him with the butt of a rifle.  Occasionally there are confrontations with North Koreans, but more often soldiers are shot by friendly fire.

Recently I asked him how Koreans feel about North Korea building a nuclear bomb and Trumps counter threats.  He still holds that it’s all bravado and the ones that are least concerned are South Koreans. But mothers are still crying about their sons going into the military.

Last month we drove down to L.A. to help my son move into his college dorm.  I was overcome with emotion.  As we were leaving, I gave him a tearful hug goodbye.  My husband said, “Cheer up.  At least he’s not in Korea.”

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, for an   informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it!  We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.

Third Tuesday of the Month:

 November 21, December 19 , and January  16

 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.                                                                                              

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Write Your Story …The anatomy of a moment

The anatomy of a moment : thirty-five minutes in history and imagination / Javier Cercas ; translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean

In February 1981, Spain was still emerging from Franco’s shadow, holding a democratic vote for the new prime minister. On the day of the vote in Parliament, while the session was being filmed by TV cameras, a band of right-wing soldiers burst in with automatic weapons, ordering everyone to get down. Only three men defied the order. For thirty-five minutes, as the cameras rolled, they stayed in their seats.

Critically adored novelist Javier Cercas originally set out to write a novel about this pivotal moment, but determined it had already gained an air of myth, or, through the annual broadcast of video clips, had at least acquired the fictional taint of reality television. Cercas turned to nonfiction, and his vivid descriptions of the archival footage frame a narrative that traverses the line between history and art, creating a daring new account of this watershed moment in modern Spanish history.

The Anatomy of a Moment caused a sensation upon its publication in Spain, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. The story will be new to many American readers, but the book stands resolutely on its own as a compelling literary inquest of national myth, personal memory, political spectacle, and reality itself.

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, for an   informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it!  We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.

Third Tuesday of the Month:    October 17 ,  November 21, and December 19                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

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Write Your Story…prompt

Missing Person/ Animal/ Cellphone

 Submitted by Pushpanjali (Urmi), the Union City Library Member

I miss my first cellphone that my parents gifted to me after I finished my high school. A very basic Nokia model that was just capable to send messages, and dial numbers. And it also had Snake II — a game that I did not like particularly yet played when I was bored.

I miss that phone terribly. It rang when someone wanted to reach out to me and it delivered messages to my friends I wanted to hang out with. Otherwise, it used to just lay around somewhere on my study table.But that phone was way better than my current smartphone. Why? My current smartphone is similar to a clinging boyfriend; updating me about my whereabouts, notifying me about my daily schedule, making me look stupid by staring at it for hours, and isolating me from my surroundings. Oh! I wish I could get back that Nokia 3310.

Write Your Story @ Union City Library

Join our library group, headed by Bruce Hasse, for an   informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it!  We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.

Third Tuesday of the Month:   September 19 , October 17 , and November    21                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

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Mexican Tin Art

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, create an art piece inspired by Mexican tin art!  Use beads, tin, wire, and an embossing, or stamping, technique to create your own colorful craft.  No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided; just bring your imagination! 

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For ages 18 and up.  Space is limited and registration is required. To register, or find out more information, please contact the  Union City Library reference desk in person or by phone at 510-745-1464 (ext. 5)

 

 

 

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Asian Art Museum @ Union City Library

FLOWER POWER

The Presentation Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of

SUMMER OF LOVE

Please join us for a multimedia talk  by Asian Art Museum.

During the Summer of Love, flowers became powerful symbols of peace, a concept plucked from Buddhist art. More than merely decorative, floral

imagery has helped convey ideas from the refined to the revolutionary for thousands of years.

 

The Library is  wheelchair accessible. An ASL  interpreter will be provided for this program if

requested at least 7 days in advance.. Voice 510-745-1464, TDD 888-663-0660

Aggie Brenneman is and educator with interest in Asia. She lived in India, Nepal and Malaysia for more than a decade. Where she worked for Peace Corps, taught in the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and also trained in the classical dance of South India, Bharata Natyam.

Aggie holds a Masters Degree in Education (Multi-cultural Curriculum Development) from Michigan State University. She taught ancient civilizations in Par Day Middle School in Oakland for 25 years. After retiring for classroom teaching in 2006, Aggie has been working as a consultant for BATTI, TEACHER, AND DIRECTOR OF JER DD, Bay Area Teachers Training Institute. She is also a performer, teacher, and director of her dance school, The Bala Center for South Indian Classical Dance. Since 2011,she has been a volunteer docent at the SF Asian Art Museum, and truly enjoys sharing the art of this great institution,

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