The Words We Know

I’m thrilled to introduce Memoir Across the Pond, my new column at Carrot Ranch. A huge thank you for following my previous Unsung Heroes column through the travails and challenges of 2020. And to Charli Mills for the opportunity. Writing stories from my Californian past to life today in England connects me to you with universal themes of love, loss and home. The ebb and flow from shore to shore in themes that bind us. The Words We Know is a light-hearted take. Hope you’ll join me!

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In recent discussion with my husband about decorating our kitchen, I asked if we had enough paint for the base boards. Base boards? For the life of me, I couldn’t think what we call them here in England. Skirting boards. Yes, that’s what I meant.

This August will mark eighteen years since I left California. Eighteen years and it still won’t be as long as the time I lived there. I am British born and bred, but I left in my twenties and lived in America until my mid-forties. Those years shaped me into who I am today. They shaped my American/British children. And our heritage is richer for it.

My family is a blended mix of traditions and learning. My eldest son taught me what Thanksgiving meant when I volunteered in his first grade classroom. My middle boy taught me the story of Johnny Appleseed planting apple trees. My…

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About Sherri Matthews

Sherri's work is published in magazines, anthologies, her Summerhouse blog, and memoir column at Carrot Ranch, an online literary community. As a young mum of three, she emigrated from the UK to California and stayed for twenty years. Today she lives in England's West Country with her family and two beautiful black kitties. A keen walker and photographer, she is working hard on her memoir. Her 2021 entry to Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize was shortlisted and also received a special mention at Spread the Word Life Writing Prize.
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12 Responses to The Words We Know

  1. tieshka says:

    Greetings from El Segundo. Great post! Nice to see you are well.

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  2. purpleslob says:

    YAY!! Your book is all ready to go? That is fabulous news!! ❤

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    • I took some agent feedback from my first round of submissions and ended up doing a deeper edit, so now I’m getting ready to submit again. So not there yet, but praying this is the year! I’m so glad you still want to read it after all this time! Thank you, Melinda, means so much, that 🙂 ❤

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  3. Genevieve says:

    Yay! I love hearing your unique perspective. Looking forward to more. Hugs and kisses from across the pond! – Genny

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  4. Luanne says:

    Really enjoyed this. I responded over there.

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  5. MikeM says:

    Fascinating and engaging – the links between two lives and continents is intriguing!

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    Sherri, your words engage us on both shores! It’s such a pleasure to have your writing at Carrot Ranch! We’re both displaced California Girls!

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    • Aww, Charli, that we are and who knew that oneday we would be sharing our stories across the pond from the Ranch to the Summerhouse! And skimming past each other on crossed paths, missing by a smidge! The pleasure is all mind, I am truly honoured and so greateful for the opportunity you have afforded me! ❤

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