The making of “Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory” Part II

Mnemosyne coverAt this point I had decided to use two characters — myself and a nineteenth century scientist — to tell my story about memory.  But as I began writing I soon felt a strong spiritual aspect to my story.  Anyone who has gone through longterm psychotherapy often feel a deep spiritual growth.   You, as  the client, develop trust with your therapist, which blossoms into an openness, which reveals the true meaning of love.  Once a cocoon, you become a beautiful butterfly.

Long before the written word, the ancient Greeks conveyed the complications of mortal life, and left veiled advice for future generations through stories, myths, and legends.  They  brought human qualities and quests to life through the exploits of an assortment of gods, goddesses, and other mythological creatures.  Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory, seemed to be the logical choice for my story.  Mnemosyne became my metaphor for the spiritual growth.  Only through her love would the secrets of memory be revealed.

Although I chose Mnemosyne for my metaphor, God, a hidden force, or whatever you choose, could be yours.  I leave it to the reader’s imagination to choose how they experience the spiritual aspect of my story.


Published by llfranklin12

Larry L Franklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He performed in the U.S. Navy Band located in Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. From 1972 to 1975, he taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a certified financial planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007 when he retired to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, he received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Franklin is the author of “Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory,” published by Xlibris; “The Rita Nitz Story: A Life without Parole,” published by Southern Illinois University Press; “Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains: A woman’s journey from mental illness to a prison cell,” published by Chipmunka Publishing Company; and “Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous criminals,” published by History Publishing Company. He currently resides in southern Illinois with his wife, Paula.

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