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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Right now, I'm reading:
I'm currently reading The Kingfish Commission by Hal M. Harrison with my eyeballs. On my bicycle, I'm reading The Hit by David Baldaci with my earballs.

My favorite story of all time is:
Just a few years ago South of Broad (Pat Conroy) knocked To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) from its decades-long perch atop my heap of favorites.

In bed I like to read:
I do not read in bed. (6) Bed is for just two things. (6)

Besides SMITH, I read stories at:
I read the graffiti written on the walls of my brain. Then I use my writing to give it voice so it won't simply be "whispered in the sounds of silence." (Apologies to Paul Simon)

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?
I am a Kansan by residence, a Missourian by retirement, a Louisianan by birth, a Southerner by the grace of God, and a Tybee Islander at heart. That's the story of my life. Since I retired in 2013, exasperation for the most part lives in exile.

What six words would I tell my teen self if I could go back in time?
Take the write path to fulfillment. (6)

The song that encapsulates the soundtrack of my life is?
Paperback Writer (Lennon/McCartney)

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

RedStickWriter’s Latest Memoir of 386

“Autumnal. Things are falling into place.”

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