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My fight – the learning curve begins

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Weekly update letter

Dear family and friends

I have just been reading a memoir titled “a rusty brown” written by a step cousin whose story has various connections with my own family.  It is a fascinating read and I learned a few things about my own family.   No doubt, his children and grand children will appreciate his writings no end.

It has prompted me to do something similar for my own grand children.  For some time, I have been disturbed about what I should tell them.  Should it be what society and/or their parents want me to say or should it be an unabridged account of a cynical old man and how he sees the world?

Russel’s story has helped answer that question.  By recording the way the events of my life panned out, hopefully, the kids will be able to read between the lines and understand their dear old Grampa.  Thanks Russ!

So, in writing my first piece about “The family I grew up in“, I suddenly understood so much more about my mum and dad.

With my second piece titled “The runt of the litter“,  I had a real cathartic moment when I documented how my very small stature had influenced so much of my life.

This is a great way to learn a few things about who you are.  You should give it a try.  Pick any moment in your life and try to explain it.  You start writing and suddenly the memories flow and it is only when you read the truth, as your mind sees it, that the penny drops.

I challenge you to give it a go!


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Written by Greg Naylor

16 March 2009 at 8:03 pm

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  1. Greg, great idea. I reckon the first of my revelations would be that I didn’t need elevator shoes at any time in my life. 🙂

    Good luck with the scribbling, mate!


    17 March 2009 at 11:25 am

  2. With my second piece titled “The runt of the litter“, I had a real cathartic moment when I documented how my very small stature had influenced so much of my life.

    So did you not try to become a jockey, Greg?

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    17 March 2009 at 12:50 pm

    • No Ray, I think they might have thought that as I was so small, I would kill myself 😉 . I think the real reason was that my dad had been deeply involved in questionable greyhound racing and wanted me to keep clear of the corruption of the racing industry.

      Greg Naylor

      19 March 2009 at 1:51 am

  3. Great Dad – I whole-heartedly encourage you to tell your story as you see it.
    Stick with your truth and the cycnicism will balance itself out – that’s what I find.
    The truth on paper is usually more grounded than when it runs wild in our heads.
    I look forward to reading it – what a great gift to us all and to yourself!

    Love Dave.


    17 March 2009 at 5:47 pm

    • I am storing these stories online in Google Documents. I will point you to them in an email. I’m pleased to hear that you want to read them. When I do fall off my perch, I expect you to go through my laptop for those not yet published.

      Greg Naylor

      19 March 2009 at 1:53 am

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