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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.

Sincerely,

Archive for October, 2008

WRITER PROMPT: Loving Meditation Thoughts

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

At a meditation practice group, the leader asks participants to think with loving kindness and an open heart about the following things and then to extend these good wishes to oneself, to loved ones, to a stranger encountered during the day, and to the wide world. She says:
May you be safe from harm.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May you feel loved.
May you feel at ease in the world.
These are wonderful things to think about and wish for ourselves and for others. Now, if you could add to these wishes, what are the lines you would add?
Please share your thoughts with us

WRITER PROMPT: What Is Your Favorite Possession?

Monday, October 27th, 2008

We each possess something we love dearly. Maybe it is a book or a piece of jewelry that someone lovingly gave to us. Maybe it is a childhood toy or stuffed animal or letter we received.
If I were to ask you to which favorite possession of yours that you would give to someone very special, which would it be?
Tell us why this object is so important to you — its history and why you care about it.
Please share with us.

WRITER PROMPT: What Do You Know for Sure?

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

What do you know for sure?
That question was asked by a magazine and is worth considering in our own lives, too.
As uncertain as life is, and as confused as we may be at times by the things that happen to us, there are still things that each of us can be certain about. For some, the one thing they may know or believe in is the love and importance of family; for others, it may be to persist no matter what difficulties we face, and for others, the one thing they may know is that we each have a responsibility to help others.
So, I ask this question to you. What is the one important thing you have learned in your life, the one thing you are sure about no matter what life hands to you? I am sure you have an answer.
Please share your thoughts with us.

WRITER PROMPT: What Do You Want to Invent?

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

What kind of invention would you like to invent? Why? What would it be like?
Can you give it a name?
Please share your creative ideas with us. Send them in by email1317.

WRITER PROMPT: What to Place on a Wall of Shame?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

In recent days I heard the expressions ”hall of shame” and ”wall of shame” and wondered about them. What do they mean? What would one place in a hall of shame or hang on a wall of shame.
Would this be the personal things which we have done in our lives and which we feel bad about, or would it be things about the world, such as war or pollution, that horrify us and which we want to call attention t as perhaps a first step to change them.
You are invited to share your own thoughts about these questions. Please share with us.

WRITER PROMPT: What Will You Do With Your Life?

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

In her wonderful poem, ”The Summer Day,” the poet Mary Oliver walks in nature and observes all its beauty, all the wonderful living things, like the grasshopper. And while she is well aware of how wonderful life is, she is also acutely aware of how short a time all living creatures have on this earth. She asks, ”Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?” And, then, a more important question:
”Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
This question is worth thinking about: What are some of the things you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? What are your hopes and dreams? Please share with us.
Here is Ms. Oliver’s poem:
The Summer Day
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

WRITER PROMPT: If You Could Smell a Cloud…

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

You are able to walk on a bridge of rainbows.
You can taste and smell a cloud.
You can touch and commune with the fish in the sea in which you swim.
You can even catch the sun’s rays and place them in a box to open when you need sunlight.
You can place the fog in a can.
You can capture a dog’s bark or a cat’s meow in a box to open when you want to listen to these sounds
Now, close your eyes for a moment to savor these extraordinary moments of your imagination. Which one captures your fancy? Share the experience with us by writing something and sending it in yo ud.

WRITER PROMPT: If You Could Change the World…

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

You alone have the power to change the world and make it better, the way you always wanted it to be. You can change people. You can make the world reflect your own sense of beauty, your own values and beliefs. What kind of brave new world would emerge if you were running things?

WRITER PROMPT: You Are Transformed

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

One morning you wake up to discover that you no longer look like yourself– your are some other creature with apparently more legs and hands and eyes than you remember having before you went to sleep. You break out in a cold sweat, then panic overcomes you as you try to deal with these changes. What are you now? How did you get into this predicament? How will your life change? You’re not even sure what to call yourself. And yet, are you still ”you” inside?
Write about your transformation.