I wrote this as the About page when I first imagined this blog. I didn’t want to lose the content as I reworked the static page.
Long Story Short
Lara was urged to tell stories by her beloved grandparents from a toddling age. Her first stories creatively merged fact with fiction as she lead the Britt clan on many adventures on farm and in forest. Under the care of Grams Britt, she learned her letters by corresponding with John F Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Shirley Temple Black and Paul Powell, our home-town politician of import.
Live simply, but aim big. Attention to details without losing the big picture of things. Think different. Laugh a
little lot, for goodness sake. Take your work seriously, but not yourself. Thank God and the stars above. Love your family. These gems would serve as proper Britt heraldry.
It is in tribute to Grams Britt that her byline is Lara Britt.
For a Long Story Long version, click here.
In the Five Decades Hence
Oh, the places that she’s been and the people whom she’s met! And the things she’s done!
Novelist at age 8. World traveler (North America, Caribbean, Europe, Oceania, and Asia) by age 15. Award-winning playwright at age 16. Thespian, Illini Girls State, honor student, factory worker, archaeologist, waitress, volunteer, mother, military wife, volunteer coordinator, hospice liaison, Old San Francisco Steakhouse girl, teacher, trainer, temp, OTR truck driver, trained mediator, cook, manager, morning disc jockey, human relations commissioner, community activist, gardener, docent, friend… She has danced with royal princes. She has tended to sickness and death. She has sold Encyclopaedia Britannica. She has stayed in luxury suites and slept in rest areas. She has traveled first class as well as third. Lara has kept journals since she was 10.
Lara has done enough to develop a comfort with herself and the world, a resiliency to life’s highs and lows, as well as a greater capacity for curiosity, compassion and humor.
My Golden Jubilee
Currently, Lara is living an experiment–but when has life been anything but an experiment? Spring of 2010, she sold or gifted most of her belongings and set out on an adventure. Traveled by train to Oregon and then by plane to Honolulu. Her itinerary was determined by a combination of good friends and deeply discounted fares. She arrived at HNL with two pieces of luggage. Details of this particular adventure can be had here.
Within the week of her return, Lara celebrated her 50th birthday with a Lei Day garland. This past year, her Golden Jubilee, she is building the life she wants to live, in celebration. Under the protection of the Britt family crest, she makes her way writing by day and waiting tables at night.
Lara Britt is a writer of blog posts, poems, prose, and epistles.
Lara can be found on Twitter @LaraBrittWrites and on FaceBook’s Lara Britt page. She can be contacted at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Have you done things that would surprise some of your long-time acquaintances? What is your favorite hidden treasure in your own memory chest? Share with us by commenting below.