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:
Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves. Kirk Savage, Race, war and monument in 19th century America.Princeton University Press, 1997.

My favorite story of all time is:
James Joyce, "The Dead"

In bed I like to read:
with my dogs.

Besides SMITH, I read stories at:
New Yorker; Atlantic Monthly; Harper's; Vanity Fair

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?
It's you again!

What six words would I tell my teen self if I could go back in time?
Love grows from the inside out.

The song that encapsulates the soundtrack of my life is?
Memory, from the musical Cats, sung by Grizabella, composer Andrew Lloyd Weber

If I could have one person read my writing on SMITH it would be?
First person is always SMITH's creator, Larry Smith. External readers? Oprah Winfrey

GCReilly’s Latest Memoir of 4

“Grandpa's American dream was his family.”

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