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Thankful Thursday: Tweet by Tweet [May. 3rd, 2012|07:29 am]
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I've been following Anne Lamott's Twitter feed of late. Not that I've migrated to Twitter, mind you. I just like reading her tweets. If you're familiar with this author, you know already that she's an endless source of inspiration, a writer with lots of interesting (pithy! ironic! self-deprecating! affirming!)) things to say.

I'm not sure I could carve my own thoughts into 140-character soundbites. But boy howdy, she knows how to cut the chase. Here, for instance, is a recent tweet:

You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should've behaved better.

It was food for this memoirist's soul...an amuse bouche, so to speak. When I posted it to Facebook, lots of people hit the "like" button. Some friends weighed in with their opinions, positive and not. Ah, that's more like it, I thought to myself. I love an open exchange of ideas, even (especially) when we disagree.

You and I might read Anne's tweet differently, each according to our own background experiences and beliefs. Most certainly (as it is with most things), it's not to everyone's taste. But I saw it as a playful wink to the Objective Observer (aka Sati)...a gentle reminder to make an offering of Truth -- in peace and compassion -- and to claim that birthright for myself.


On a related note, I'm celebrating Mother's Day with Anne! She's a featured speaker in the "Food for Thought" series at Westwood Presbyterian Church, May 13 in Los Angeles. On a whim, I treated myself to tickets. I have an extra, if you'd like to join me...
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[User Picture]From: asakiyume
2012-05-03 03:28 pm (UTC)

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I've really enjoyed some of Anne Lamott's essays; she's someone I often think about, when I think about writing (and also when I think about faith and complicated relations to faith). What's her twitter handle?
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-05-03 03:39 pm (UTC)

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Yes, to all you've said here! Have you checked out the link I posted above? Her life is embued with a strong sense of the ironic. I love that. And her.

I don't have a twitter account, but I follow her feed via twitiq;
http://twitiq.com/annelamott

Hmmm, that seems to suggest that 'annelamott' is her Twitter handle. Hope that helps!
[User Picture]From: asakiyume
2012-05-03 10:49 pm (UTC)

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It did! Thank you :-)
[User Picture]From: d_michiko_f
2012-05-03 03:59 pm (UTC)

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i SOOO wish I could join you! Enjoy and be inspired! :)
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-05-10 03:08 am (UTC)

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I'd SOOOOO love to sit next to you in that auditorium. :)

How 'bout I share some of the highlights, instead? xo
[User Picture]From: d_michiko_f
2012-05-10 02:33 pm (UTC)

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Looking forward to reading your notes! :)
[User Picture]From: jeniwrites
2012-05-03 06:23 pm (UTC)

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I've really enjoyed reading your Facebook posts related to her tweets. "If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should've behaved better"--that's one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-05-10 03:09 am (UTC)

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Oh, I'm glad you're enjoying them, too! I post things to my FB wall that I want to remember, or that strike my fancy in some way or another. I hope they don't come across as unimaginative...or preachy. I'd hate that most of all.
[User Picture]From: sookie06
2012-05-03 07:00 pm (UTC)

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That was a GREAT quote! Thanks Melodye!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-05-10 03:10 am (UTC)

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That Anne Lamott...she's a very smart woman.
[User Picture]From: robinellen
2012-05-03 07:21 pm (UTC)

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That Tweet is hysterical! :)

And yay for a Mother's Day treat!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-05-10 03:12 am (UTC)

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I thought it was funny, too--in a thought-provoking, let's-have-fun-with-this-idea (not neener-neener) kind of way.

My kids don't live close enough to come over on Mother's Day, so I decided this year I'd create a little celebration of my own, in my own honor. lol
[User Picture]From: writerjenn
2012-05-03 10:58 pm (UTC)

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I like her books, and her Twitter feed too!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-05-10 03:13 am (UTC)

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YES to both!!! I can't wait to hear (and watch) her speak.