Thursday, February 13, 2014

Shirley Temple Black: Her Transition Sparks Childhood Memories

Shirley Temple Black’s death sparked numerous childhood memories of my siblings and me. I can tell you my side of what happened, but you would not get the whole story. It’s like the tale of The Blind Men and the Elephant. Several blind men try to discover what an elephant is like. But based on the part of the elephant they touch, they give different accounts. The tusk, the ear, and the tail all feel differently, and consequently, the men give different descriptions of the elephant. Nevertheless, together, the pieces of descriptions are the sum of the whole.

Walton and Huey’s (1992) Sam Walton, Made in America: My Story is a unique way of sharing Sam Walton's story. Walton not only describes his experiences and thoughts, but he also allows family members, friends, and employees to express their points of view in his book. He chapter shares, and it makes for an interesting account of his life.

Allowing others to collaborate with you on a story based on an experience can make for an interesting account of your life. Follow these steps:
  • Brainstorm for ideas.
  • Select an interesting experience.
  • Determine the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the experience.
  • Write your version of the experience. Spend time expressing your feelings throughout your account.
  • Ask at least one other person who was involved in this experience to write it from his or her point of view. (You can record the audio of his or her version and transcribe it.)
  • Include dialogue. The rules are simple: Place quotation marks around the dialogue, and follow it with a comma and an attribution.
          “I’m not interested in you!” retorted Naomi.

          (Now, what were Naomi’s facial expressions? What did she do with her 
           hands? Include these.)
  • Use interesting words for said:
o   mumbled
o   retorted
o   grumbled
o   murmured
o   bragged
o   demanded
o   countered
o   interrupted
o   roared
o   bellowed
o   quipped 
  • Insert pictures.
  • Make copies, present the story as a gift, or cherish it as a keepsake.
What memories do you have of experiences that may have different accounts? This is the story in you. Share it.


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Walton, S. & Huey, J. (1992). Sam Walton, made in America: My story. New York,

         NY: Doubleday

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