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Palm of the Hand memoir group reflects on lifetime memories

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BARABOO (WKOW) -- A unique concept catches on in Sauk County.

UW Baraboo/Sauk County and Baraboo Public Libraries have created a therapeutic writing and memoir group. It's a way to trigger your mind to remember memories and to share experiences through writing.

The Palm of the Hand Memoir writing group meets once a month to jott down memories. Nothing is edited and it's entirely based on your perception of the memory. When deciding what to write, the group says they trust in what they're feeling that day. Topics include: sports, travel, family-life, children and their love-life.

Overtime, individuals in the group build a collection of memoirs. It doesn't have to be a factual autobiography. The memories are based on what you remember.

Participants say the Palm of the Hand exercises are therapeutic and a way to connect with your past.

"I've been working on a series of memories that I can say are pivotal moments in my life," said Marjorie Cutting from Baraboo. "I wrote a piece about eight of them all together in one."

Cutting says one of those moments is her divorce. She says writing and sharing her story in the group is helping her cope and forces her to reflect.

The idea for the group came from Michael Czarnecki. He's a poet who travels the United States giving lectures and memoir writing classes. He plans to come back to Baraboo in September. Click here for more information about Czarnecki.

For more information about the Palm of the Hand memoir class, click here.

The next class will be:

Tuesday, February 4
6:30 p.m.
Baraboo Public Library

If you're interested in getting involved you can call Meg Allen at the Baraboo Public Library at  (608) 365-6166.

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