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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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Book Club @ Union City Library

“took a deep breath, tasting dust and eucalyptus, and moved past the smeary lights of the veranda. In the small park across the road, smooth clay had been spread like a dusting of confectioners’ sugar,”
― Paula McLainCircling the Sun

“Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman–Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa. Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her fate: to fly. Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit. ”

Chicago Sun-Times”–Provided by publisher

The Book Club at the Union City Library will be discussing this book on Tuesday November 7, 2017 –1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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Painting Workshop!


Let your creative energies flow with this abstract art program!  Learn to paint in the style of abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky.  Listen to music to inspire your artwork, or work from a template.  No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided; just bring your imagination! 




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).  Or email to reserve your spot!


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Write Your Story ….War Prompt



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 Workshop @ Union City Libary



November 11, 2017

11 a.m to 2 p.m.


Join us for a three-hour writing workshop in a safe, comfortable setting with novelist Anita Amirrezvani and poet/editor Persis Karim.

Through a series of writing exercises, you will be assisted in getting your story on the page as fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

This creative writing workshop teaches specific techniques to strengthen your writing and offers supportive feedback.

Anita Amirrezvani: Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in 31 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, Equal of the Sun, was published 2012. Anita teaches in the MFA Program in Writing at the California College of the Arts.


Persis Karim: She has edited three anthologies of Iranian-American literature  including A World  Between: Poems, Short Stories and Essays by Iranian Americans, Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora . Her poetry has been published in numerous national journals and magazines. She teaches literature and creative writing at San Jose State University.




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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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Silk Road Multimedia Presentation@Union City Library

Traveling the Silk Road Spanning centuries of history, this engrossing book–created in conjunction with the world-famous American Museum of Natural History–takes an epic journey to major stops in China, Uzbekistan, Iraq, and beyond. 

Not only did people from many lands trade their goods along this incredible network of routes, they also exchanged their languages, religions, art, and technology in what can be seen as man’s first engagement in globalization.


Mark Norell is curator and chair for the division of paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. He earned his PhD from Yale University prior to coming to the museum. His recent books include Discovering Dinosaurs (1995), A Nest of Dinosaurs (2000), Unearthing the Dragon (2005), and the coffee table book The Dinosaur Hunters: The Extraordinary Story of the Men and Women Who Discovered Prehistoric Life, published with co-author Lowell Dingus in 2008. Dr. Norell lives in New York City.


Denise Leidy is curator for the department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her Masters degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University and has traveled widely on the Silk Road. She published The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaning last year and has also written a new catalogue of the Chinese Buddhist and Daoist sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She curated an exhibition on Khubilai Khan and the Mongols in China that opened in November 2010. Dr. Leidy lives in New York City.

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road Describes the experiences of Xuanzang, a seventh-century pilgrim looking for Buddhist scriptures, the twelfth-century Mongol warlord Genghis Khan, and the thirteenth-century merchant Marco Polo as they traveled on the Silk Road.

The Silk Road: Globalization in the Ancient World

Sunday October 8, 2017

at 3 P.M.

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

Before jet planes and smartphones, merchants and pilgrims spent months traveling over perilous land and sea routes to carry luxury goods and new ideas thousands of miles across lost civilizations. Accompany the travelers over high mountain passes and parched deserts on their voyages of discovery and exchange.

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