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Dear Reader,

View this page as a place where you and I can have a conversation on subjects that are meaningful to both of us. On a regular basis I plan to post a topic or question on my mind which I encourage you to respond to (see below).

On this same page you will also find some of the responses that have been sent in by those who have viewed this web site. Please feel free to submit your own questions and thoughts which I might comment on and share with other viewers. I truly look forward to hearing from you.

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Archive for May, 2008

WRITING PROMPT: Escape to Freedom

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

You are a six-year-old Pakistani boy sold into servitude by his family to labor 14 hours a day in a carpet factory. Your enslavement will help settle a $16 family debt. You spend the next six years chained to a rug loom, working 12-hour days for pennies. Then comes the day when you escape to freedom — here’s what happens:
Send in your writing and we’ll post your responses.

WRITING PROMPT: A Story Written in Desperation

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Tony Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literaure, relates that there was a time in her life when she felt she ”had nothing left but my imagination.” She began writing fiction, and in desperation one day to complete a piece of writing to take to a writers’ workshop, she dashed off ”a little story about a black girl who wanted blue eyes.” That was the genesis of her first book, ”The Bluest Eye.”
Now, what is the story you dash off in desperation and frustration? Share with us the opening words or your story.