Post copyright 2015 by Doris McCraw







I wondered what I would write about this week. I am in the midst of research for the book on early women doctors in Colorado. Additionally, the re-writes for my novella are progressing, just not a quickly as I would like. Throw in a couple of jobs and some casting and directing, well what can a person say. So what did I come up with? THREE.

That’s right, three. Now you may wonder why three? Life, stories, music, etc. tends to follow a three format. Beginning, middle and end. You are born, you live, you die. See three is the number.

Divide three by two and you get one point five. (3 divided by 2 equals 1.5) It may work, but not necessarily satisfactory. You don’t live half a life, a song doesn’t work half done, nor does a story.

Three Little Pigs, Three Blind Mice, Three Musketeers and so on. Movies and plays have three acts. Trilogies, Trinity’s and on and on.

Three is a cardinal number for you math folks. (No, I’m not one, but I keep trying to learn.) Webster dictionary defines a cardinal number as: a number that is used in simple counting and answers the question ‘how many?’ but not the order.

In Latin it is “omne trium perfectum” which roughly translated means everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete.

Type use of three in your browser and it is amazing what shows up. So many uses and thoughts about three.

So when you go to tell you stories, write you music composition or play, think of the number three. We have the beginning, the middle and the end. Simple, yes. Easy to do, not so much, but oh the joys of making it work.

Even as I work out the story of the women doctors in Colorado, it will probably be divided into threes, early days before 1880, mid 1880-1890 and last 1890-1900. Believe it or not, that is the natural flow of how the research is happening. When you don’t try, it still breaks into threes.


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Doris Gardner-McCraw/Angela Raines
Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women’s History

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