Like the commemoration of all celebrations in the world, Father's Day has its genesis in an idea of one or more people and a specific context. In 1910, a woman from the state of Washington, who was raised by her father along with five brothers, proposes the day of her father's birthday "June 5", to pay tribute to this figure, as a tribute to the dedication, love and care provided to their children; it is until 1924 when President Calvin Coolidge declares it a national celebration, spending seventy-two years to become nationalized (1996), being in the presidency Lyndon Johnson, who was in charge of it being stipulated in the national anniversaries for the third Sunday of June.
The title is still curious, but it has its reason for being. It is the qualitative procedure, the one that allows to decipher what cannot be understood and for this we habitually resort to comparison and metaphor, especially effective tools in education.
In the religious concept it would be the parables and in the literary world the stories with a moral.
Go for a walk. Without direction. With no other purpose than to activate the energies with which we converse with ourselves: prelude to the act of writing. Make the effort not to think? Not precisely. It is about allowing thoughts to flow in their own way, which is generally chaotic or at least interrupted by the environment where we are walking and curiously looking at artists.
Seeing our history in writing is such a wonderful gift that the process deserves love and care. Love yes: because it is a declaration of affection and consideration for the life that we have had to live. In the next column we will explore various levels of automatic writing and what to do with the texts that are born from the exercises.
When we are interested in a way of telling, in this case the private diary, it is very exciting to take a look at literary pieces that have transcended the world. The diary of the girl Anne Frank, for example, even taken to theater and cinema, is moving in itself and heartbreaking in its context. Knowing the tragic, cruel, premature and unjust end of Ana's life, reading the naivety of her diaries is shocking, because the sharpness of her intelligence already shines, and one wishes she had had the opportunity to flourish...
I resort to epistolary writing, because many times, I cannot verbally express so many memories minted in thought, which I consider necessary for you to know. Time goes by so quickly, in the blink of an eye you, my little children, left the nest and began your own flight; that is the wheel of life, my grandchildren are in this continuous process of development and one day they will also begin their journey away from home...
Luis Alberto Ambroggio (Argentina 1945, lives in the US since 1967) is a member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, PEN and numerous literary institutions. With awards, recognitions, twenty collections of poems published to date contain his poetry that covers almost half a century of creation.
To tell our own story we cannot avoid a first step: to take ownership of our being, which seems simple and obvious but it is not. The private diary can be a way to achieve this because in its purest and simplest version it is about putting into words what we have in our heads. Dear Diary...
Pilar Vélez is an economist, writer and cultural promoter. President of the Hispanic Heritage Literature Organization/Milibrohispano, director of the literary magazine Poetas y Escritores Miami and director of FILCOL.
Hispanic Heritage Literature Organization / Milibrohispano, chaired by the writer Pilar Vélez, in alliance with El Centro Hispano, chaired by Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, and the collaboration of the Consulates General of Mexico and Guatemala in Raleigh, North Carolina; and the organizations: Fuerza y Unión Múltiple (FUM); Asheboro Latinx Services, Inc.; the Association of Hispanic Professionals; the publisher Snow Fountain Press; Thrivent; Takiri; Carambolo.org; Poets and Writers Miami; Rose Mary News; and the Latin Magazine of North Carolina; call for the second edition of the Hispanic Heritage Book Fair Milibrohispano in Durham, North Carolina, to be held between April 21 and 23, 2022.