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Scribblory Writers Library

Your virtual library of true stories has come to this site!

Scribblory Writers Library shelters short true-to-life stories written by the memoirists of Scribblory Writers Group. This virtual library started in 2020, at the outset of COVID-19 pandemic. While the world was losing many lives, we held our pens and preserved life stories.

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Writing

A Fond Remembrance of the 90s

Written by AnKat Lopez

April 17, 2024

I still prefer the entertainment in the 1990s to today. I cannot turn back time, but I can fondly remember them. Life was much simpler back then. We had rich and varied experiences. 

 

I recall the power outages called brownouts that occurred daily. At night, we would scare ourselves so silly with my dad's ghost stories. It was also the time to read many storybooks, pocketbooks, and novels. 

 

Both my mom and my aunt had their collections. Mom was an avid fan of Broadway music, including the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh. We would sing along to Cats, Phantom of The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and Miss Saigon, to name a few. My aunt had the soundtrack of Disney's Aladdin. She also gave me a cassette tape of Beauty and the Beast. We would listen to those on the car radio, and sometimes I would listen to it on my walkman.

 

My sister and I took swimming and ice skating lessons. We also played with the neighborhood kids outdoors. It was a treat that we were allowed to stay up a bit later compared to school days. 

 

We had iced candy, Twin Popsicles, iced buko, iced munggo, halo-halo, and milkshakes to cool down the summer heat. Those were refreshing. 

 

We watched local and cable TV to catch up on movies, TV shows, and cartoons. We would also go to the cinema to watch the latest release. 

 

Those were the days before mobile phones, the internet, social media, and streaming apps.

I do not even recall boredom as part of our vocabulary.

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On Top of the World: A Day of Pure Happiness

Written by Alfred Pagunsan Gadayan

March 20, 2024

One moment of pure happiness that stands out to me is when I went on a hiking trip with my closest friends last summer. We had been planning this trip for months, and the anticipation leading up to it was incredible. We were all so excited to explore nature, disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and create lasting memories together.

 

On the day of the hike, we woke up bright and early, ready to embark on our adventure. The weather was perfect, with clear blue skies and a gentle breeze. We packed our backpacks with snacks, water, and a sense of adventure, and set off on the trail.

 

As we hiked through the lush green forest, we were surrounded by the beauty of nature. The sunlight filtered through the trees, casting a magical glow on everything around us. We laughed, shared stories, and marveled at the breathtaking scenery.

 

After a few hours of hiking, we reached the summit of the mountain. The view from the top was absolutely breathtaking. We could see for miles, with rolling hills, sparkling lakes, and distant mountains stretching out before us. It felt like we were on top of the world.

At that moment, a wave of pure happiness washed over me. I felt an overwhelming sense of joy, gratitude, and contentment. It was a feeling of being completely present and at peace with myself and the world around me. I couldn't help but smile and soak in the beauty of the moment.

 

We spent some time at the summit, taking photos, sharing snacks, and simply enjoying each other's company. The happiness I felt at that moment was amplified by the presence of my dear friends. We had created a bond through shared experiences and adventures, and being able to share this incredible moment with them made it even more special.

 

As we made our way back down the mountain, I couldn't stop thinking about how fortunate I was to have experienced such pure happiness. It was a reminder of the importance of cherishing moments of joy and finding happiness in the simplest of things.

 

That moment of pure happiness on the hiking trip will forever hold a special place in my heart. It was a reminder of the beauty of nature, the power of friendship, and the incredible feeling of being truly alive.

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