A Six-Word Memoir® is the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words.

In classrooms and boardrooms, churches and synagogues, veteran's groups and across the dinner table, Six-Word Memoirs have become a powerful tool to catalyze conversation, spark imagination or simply break the ice.

Here on Six Words, we offer a simple platform to share the short, sharp story of your life, as well as provide daily prompts to share your six-word takes on the topics of our times.

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Member since June 2, 2010


Right now, I'm reading:
Hiding the Elephant and Early American Detective Stories

My favorite story of all time is:
the one my dad tells about the impromptu road race in Black Earth, Wisconsin (circa 1940) that includes a guy walking on his hands and another gent running with a fresh egg in his mouth.

In bed I like to read:
magazines, plays, and liner notes

Besides SMITH, I read stories at:
Mental Floss, Creative Non-Fiction

If you were to throw up your hands in exasperation and yell "it's the story of my life," what would you be talking about?
Missing an opportunity--again

What six words would I tell my teen self if I could go back in time?
You have OCD. Eat more fiber.

The song that encapsulates the soundtrack of my life is?
Common People

If I could have one person read my writing on SMITH it would be?
Eddie Izzard

JVS’s Latest Memoir of 96

“Jesus died to save our skins.”

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