Close to a dozen times now I’ve asked you to walk the memoir labyrinth as an extraordinary way to clear your mind and take a new look at people and events. It is hard to back away from life’s events and experiences to see them clearly. The honest attempt to put our ego and emotions aside is something we, TellTale Souls, constantly work on when writing our bio-vignettes that capture the character and spirit of our mothers or other significant people in our lives.The best way to begin writing memoir is to look closely at your most significant relationships, so it makes sense to begin at the beginning with Mother – Mom – Mama. After all, she was your first relationship, the closest one possible. Like it or not…How often do you give deep thought to the hidden secrets that make mom tick, let alone write down the resulting discoveries? You have certain things, ideas and impressions, stuck in your head about your mother, but are these thoughts, which you hold to be true, accurate? You think you know why she acted in a certain way or made the choices she made. You think those things, but why do you think them? It is important to realize that there are other ways or angles to consider when you go back and take another look at happenings with the conscious intent to see things more clearly. Give up previous perceptions; walk the memoir labyrinth with an open mind and the willingness to look at your mother as an individual, separate from yourself.Take a look at the circumstances surrounding her actions, discard egotistical attitudes, make an honest attempt to view past and present events from her vantage point. To do this isn’t easy, especially when looking at your mother as a distinct human being. You’ve always “owned” her—she is yours—your mom. But who was she before you came along?