An Experiment in Truth Telling

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? What if 20 or 100. Would we then understand the truth of the world, of other people, of ourselves?

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? What if 20 or 100. Would we then understand the truth of the world,  of other people, of ourselves?

I am beginning this blog as a little experiment where I intend to tell the truth not only about my own ideas, but also the truth about social situations, the world, nature, religion, and just about anything else. Of course, it will be my truth, but you are welcome to disagree without being disagreeable.

Even at my age, I am still discovering the path ahead of me on my journey. I was a child of the 50s and 60s, and in some very real ways, I am still that “child.” 

I still believe in peace and love. I am curious and have a sense of wonder.  I like being playful and laughing. I love stories. Do you?

How it all Began

In the past I had written and had some modest publishing. I wanted to get my writing muscles back, so a blog seemed the best choice.  I announced to some friends and family that I was starting a blog. I had little idea what I was getting myself into. At that time, my impression of putting a blog together was write a page of material open some kind of web page, slap the writing on the page then sit back while the same friends and family and even some strangers applauded my cleverness.

I soon realized it wasn’t going to be as easy as I had expected. How would I get this done? Or should I give it up? No, I had already told people I was going to do it. Do it I must.

I needed help, but I wanted to do it all myself.  I consulted some experts by reading their books and websites. I soon realized that I knew enough to know that I didn’t know anything. Which, when you think about it, is a bit of wisdom, though disappointing.

Do We Have Common Interests?

One bit of advice was to establish common ground with my audience. With two writing degrees and having taught college composition, I certainly understood the concept of connecting with an audience. I came up with a list of questions to help us find that common ground. How many can you answer “yes” to? Or are you curious about some of them?

  • Did you ever run off to join a carnival? I did.
  • Were you ever homeless? I was
  •  Did you drop out of college after your sophomore year and then, 12 years later, complete your undergrad and masters in three years? I did.
  •  Do you have a chronic health condition that causes constant widespread pain and fatigue? I do.
  •  Do you enjoy reading history and discovering religion and philosophies of the past? I do.
  •  Do you have any irrational fears or phobias that can cause frightening reactions in social situations and that are sometimes remembered as funny stories? I did/do.
  •  Have you spent time trying to dispel a stereotype people hold based on your home region? I do.

These and similar topics will appear in The Whole Written Caboodle. I have even written a post on the somewhat “dirty” jokes my mother liked to tell and tell and tell.

What’s the Answer?

So what would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? That was a question Muriel Rukeyser asked in her poem “Kathe Kollwitz.” The answer Muriel gave: “The world would split open.”

Maybe we won’t split the world open, but if women (and men) start telling their truths, maybe we can get a little fissure where light will shine through.

This article was written by Margie Campbell

I have been "writing" since I could first hold a pencil. I would fill lines with squiggles thinking that could convey my ideas to the world. As I grew, so did my interest in writing. It really helped when I learned to make letters and to combine them into "real" words. I have a degree in creative writing and a Master's in English (tech writing specialty). I am retired from teaching all types of writing as an adjunct at community colleges in VA, MD, Ohio, and WV.

6 thoughts on “An Experiment in Truth Telling”

  1. Dear Margie,
    I think your idea of creating a “little fissure where light will shine through” is literally brilliant! (No pun intended!)…. Go ahead sister, split the world wide open, like a ripe fruit so that you can get to all the flavor, the juice, the good (and occasionally the seeds or stone). Love life and your truth!!!
    Congrats on your new blog! Jorinde

  2. Hi, Margie! I think this blog is a great idea. I’m looking forward to seeing more writing about what your truths are and how they interconnect with the reality of your life. The understanding of truth has always fascinated me, especially the idea that truth may be relative to context.

  3. Hi, I am so glad you are doing this. I too am thinking about starting a blog early next year. Congrats on your blog!
    All the Best,
    Nora

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