When I hear a friend recalling a memory we share, I zone out for a few seconds. I see our body language, where we walked and how it felt to be there in that moment. Then, I tune back into the conversation and chime in with “oh yeah and then this happened!” I reflect on how that time made me feel emotionally and physically, then I recreate that memory by speaking the story out loud.
Before putting words to paper, the book begins with velum drawings of the stories to come.
Memory As Story
Publication – 2019
The Power of Moments
Why do certain experiences have extraordinary impact? In this excerpt, we explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us. How do we learn to create extraordinary moments in our everyday? Excerpt from the power of moments by Chip and Dan Heath.
I am known in my family to remember absurd details from when we were younger. I have always wondered why I recall what I do. Am I certain what I remember is true? In this book you will explore the memories of many. Take a close look on how they tell their story.
Before personal stories begin, a full bleed scientific fact is introduced. Once the reader begins, they will find more facts on the bottom of the left page.
Before a story begins the reader sees the velum drawings again but in a different formation. This represents recalling a memory overtime.
The reader will experience illustrations in groups of three prior to the stories, so they may imagine how it felt to be in that moment. My hope is that the reader is able to connect to these stories and reflect.
Memories are often associated with emotional experiences and color. As time goes on, context and feeling of that moment can become muddled. The velum jacket effectively demonstrates this phenomenon.
Reading or hearing someone else recall a memory often brings up memories of your own. To emulate this, I have inserted my own personal reflections after each story.
115 pages, photographs taken by Maggie Horton