[caption id="attachment_4905" align="aligncenter" width="428" caption="image courtesy of www.buzzfarmers.com"][/caption] Lurking behind the often simple questions of who, what, and where, comes the more complex why. “Why?” is the one word underlying everything we do. Sometimes we ask ourselves why, at other times we figure, why not? At times all we want to know is why, but soon even this question becomes irrelevant. Then it’s time to move on from the questioning, because the “why?” is often unanswerable. Ultimately, we’ll never really know why people do what they do, why we’re here, or why the world is the way it is. Some why’s from the Six-Word community pose difficult, introspective questions, some are rhetorical, some questions are asked with the hope that their readers might have an answer. So explore the memoirs below: ponder on some, click on others to comment and provide an answer, or a question, in return. Whether the why is a question or the beginning of an answer, the word asks us to interact with each other. Often lament WHY? Rarely care who. — favepeep Knowing what, learning how, remembering why. — ba_miracle Perplexed. Corner of how and why. — canadafreeze Sometimes, you need a reason why. — ashashahn Sometimes it actually doesn't matter why. — unknown116 Don't tell me why, show me. — CreativeMagus And then I thought why not? — HopeConquersAll
Last month, The New York Times released this article exploring the ramifications on the mind and body caused by a lack of sleep. Lately, there just seems to be too much to accomplish when the sun is up that our designated sleeping hours are getting cut drastically short. Some six-word scribes believe that believe that letting out six expressive words on sleep can help counter the insomnia, the nightmares and whatever else we find getting in the way of a good night's rest .
Counting sheep? Writing myself to sleep. - lillybrook
My love sleeps alone. I type. - RichardFrancis
Sleep eludes me, let's get breakfast. - MikeCherrone
Making husband sleep on metaphorical couch. - ErikaStellar
Sleeping trumps partying at my age. - ChewyD2
Trying to sleep; sandman skipped me. - TheAngstyPoet
Sleep deprivation-once again my muse. - BalancingAct
Too much life goes by asleep. - Wench
Talks in sleep. Secrets of subconscious. - izzyhindle
Getting old, fell asleep while dreaming. - RaisedByWolves
[caption id="attachment_4881" align="alignright" width="300" caption="moving boxes by movingcompanies on Flickr"][/caption] Chances are you or someone you know is moving this summer. Most moves involve a change in geography, although some moves occur without any change of address. Sometimes it’s a change in work, school, or relationship status; sometimes it’s all of the above. Whether you are packing up by choice or circumstance, and moving on literally or figuratively, transition and reflection go hand-in-hand. The team at Six Words wishes you well if you are knee-deep in boxes this summer or starting a new chapter. Our advice on moving: “Hydrate, take breaks, write a six.” Six-Word Memoirs offer a great way to recharge your batteries when you are long on thoughts, but short on time.
Last minute sixing before moving out. — sag-for-Prime-Minister
Gathering my courage. Packing my bags. — SingerSomewhere
Moving date set. It's really happening... — PrincessLief
Hope next relocation is publishing house. — Contemplative
Will love having moved; hate moving. — BGourley
Planning relocation to state of Nirvana. — notyouraveragegirl
California awaits! Let the packing begin. — MLEwritergirl
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For many of us, summer evokes kicking back and reading on the beach with a Kindle in one hand and a cold drink in the other. But are we really "reading?" Reading has always been connected to books.
Yet haven’t we always read road signs and menus, labels and ads? Words are everywhere. And we’ve always read between the lines, read other people’s minds, and read signals until we read too much into things. Reading has always been beyond the page. It’s not about pronouncing words, but about understanding the world. It turns out, reading hasn’t changed much, but maybe where and when we do it has. And today, we still read to write, or in some cases type. So read the following Six-Word Memoirs about reading in all forms and functions. Then, write your own for someone else to read.Reading binge gave me reading hangover. — tiggerpuss Felt old, reading paperback on train. — MotorCityMich Reading pre-email letters. Incredibly nostalgic. Surreal. — Amapola Two kids gone. Three hours reading. — MO_Thoughts2 They're reading fanfiction. Together. How intimate. — Brilliant
Having secrets is a part of being human. By keeping parts of our lives private, we give ourselves the chance to form an identity apart from the public sphere and, in turn, an independent sense of self. In sharing our secrets with others, we choose to share our most private selves; the telling and keeping of secrets a very intimate matter in any relationship.
In a world where social media is reinventing the style and speed with which secrets are spilled, and America' most famous fugitive, Edward Snowden, is on the run for the secrets he shared, we thought it was time to gather a few of your most poignant Six-Word Memoirs on secrets.
Sometimes I keep secrets from myself.
My novel is filled with secrets.
Understanding patterns is secret to Life.
Soul of discretion. Keeper of secrets.
My inner NSA crushed my secrets.
My best secrets are Facebook statuses.
Secrets granted to those worth keeping.
Congratulations United States of America and Happy Birthday to you! America might be a baby compared to the rest of the world's countries, but look how far we've come since the first and original Independence Day. Here we proudly share some of your Six-Word Memoirs to get you in the mood from people who are enamored with, confused by, or furious at our land of the free. Happy Fourth of July, Sixers!
Honor the flag. It represents much.
Overseas, I became a better American.
Overseas, I became a better American.
Republican. Democrat. How about just: American. -LiveYourDreams
America and Chevy: peanut-butter and jelly. -Isaac22
Dear Uncle Sam, HELP! Yours, America. -SouthernQuill
Put out my American flag today. -Mourningdove
"...what you can do for your country...." -kisskissgirl
America: imperfect, but still the best. -notjustagirlintheworld
The American Dream died with Gatsby. -curlyfrye42
Live for Moments, die for freedom. -EthanTremblay
Teetering on the path of freedom. -TheAngstyPoet
Country music makes me feel patriotic. -ChristieMeB
7/4: And boom go the fireworks. -david-sensei
Declaration of Independence: great break-up letter. -MMK
Independence. It's not just a word. -myrtlebrwn
My country was often on life support. -trust2020
Independence Day! Not just a movie. -favepeep