Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Helen Krebs and I recently moved to a senior housing community in Whippany, NJ. My days are filled with the various activities available to the residents. My favorite class is the ARTS By The People writing class. Under the guidance and leadership of Paul Rabinowitz, I am able to put down on paper the many memories I have of my past.
I enjoy writing for several reasons. The first is probably the fact that as a young girl, I was very shy and had very little self esteem. The only way I could express myself was when I would write in my diary – which I did every day. In addition, my favorite subject in school was English. In those days, we were taught how to write an essay in which the topic was broken down into paragraphs, where there was a beginning, a middle and an end, in order to help the reader grasp its main points.
And last, but not least, I found writing to be very therapeutic. Whenever I was going through a difficult time, I would take a pen paper and write down all of my frustrations. It probably took the place of a psychologist.
Whether the above reasons have anything to do with why I enjoy writing, I don’t really know. I do know that it pleases me that my thoughts are not just in my mind but that they are written down on paper where they cannot be forgotten.