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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 November, 2008

WRITER PROMPT: A Thanksgiving Prayer

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

With Thanksgiving this week, we each think of all the good things in our lives, as we partake in wonderful food and mutual comfort. Here is a prayer that appreciates all that goes into the making of the precious food we eat:
“When we eat the good bread,
we are eating months of sunlight,
weeks of rain and snow from the sky,
richness out of the earth.
We should be great, each of us radiant,
full of music and full of stories.
Able to run the way clouds do, able to
dance like the snow and the rain.
But nobody takes time to think that he eats all
these things and that sun, rain,
snow are all part of himself.”
— Monica Shannon (1905 – 1965)
What prayer of thanks will you be giving this week for your own thanksgiving?
Please share with us.

WRITER PROMPT: Describe Something in Detail

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Your assignment this week is to look carefully at the world around you with wide open eyes, and to describe in writing something special that you observe.
As you ride the bus or car, or take the train, or walk down the streets to school or your home, look very carefully around you and focus your attention on someone or something. Try to notice something you have never seen before, something that you are glad you saw.
Maybe you will observe an interesting looking person who is wearing a beautiful or ugly outfit. Maybe you see a special color that cheers you up.
Maybe you wish to describe someone you already know – help us see what that person looks like, how tall or short they are, their skin and hair color, whether they look sad or happy, whether they are fat or thin. Do they have tattoos? Is their nose pierced?
Try to use adjectives when you describe an object or person. For example, don’t just say, “”I saw an apple.’’ Tell me the color of the apple – was it juicy looking, was it green or red, was it big or tiny? Was it a Chinese apple (a pomegranate) or was it a Delicious apple. What does it say on the label attached to the apple. Where did you see the apple? Was it at home on the table? Was it in a storefront? Was it on the shelf in the store with other apples. Was someone eating that juicy apple, and if so, how did the person look? Did the person look like she or he liked the taste of the apple? What did the apple make you think of? Did it make you remember a time when you were young, in another country, and tasted an apple or some other fruit for the first time?
Make your descriptions so full and clear so that when someone reads your description, they will feel that they saw what you saw, too. They will be with you
Please share your descriptions with us.

WRITER PROMPT: Tell Me About Your Name

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

What’s often the first thing you say when you meet someone new? Usually you introduce yourself and tell that person your name.
So names are very important. They help tell the world who we are.
Tell me about your name. What is it? Does your name have a special meaning in your language?
Is there a special story about your name and how you got it?
Were you named after someone? If so, who? Is that person very special to you? A relative or a hero or a person from history or a character in a book? Were you named after a flower or animal?
How do you feel about your name? Do you like it? Or hate it? Does your name make you feel proud? Do your friends call you by your nick name or change your name to a shortened form or a nickname?
Some people have more than one name – some have a middle name and even more. If you have more than one name, what is yours?
If you could have named yourself when you were a baby, what name would you have chosen? And why?
What is the most beautiful name your ever heard?
Have you ever given a name to someone, such as a child, or to a creature, such as a dog or cat? What names did you choose?
I look forward to hearing from you.

WRITER PROMPT: Leave a Message for Obama

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

If you could placer a message on the desk of the incoming president-elect Barack Obama, what would it say?
Give him your best advice, your hopes and dreams, your encouragement, your wisdom. He will need all the good advice he can get if he is to solve the problems of the United States and the world.

WRITER PROMPT: What You See or Experience

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Tell me about an interesting place you have seen or about something special you have done in your life. (It also could be something from your imagination, something that you have made up but would like to see come true.)
What was it like? Describe the place or action. Just keep your pencil on the page and keep writing. Don’t worry about making spelling errors or finding the correct word. The main point is to keep writing and not to worry. In writing, there are no bad thoughts.

WRITER PROMPT: Starting a New Way of Life

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Someone says to you, ”Invent the life you want to live.”
How would you respond? What kind of new life would you want for yourself that would be different from the way you are today? How would you change?
Write to us.

WRITER PROMPT: Your reaction to the election results

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

On this day, when the United States elected its first black President, Barack Obama, I stand in awe and amazement that my nation has come so far. Never in my lifetime did I ever expect to see a black American elected to this highest office.
I remember that August day in 1963 when I marched in Washington with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and hundreds of thousands of others to advocate the enactment of civil rights legislation that would extend all freedoms to black Americans, and hearing Dr. King’s wonderful ”I Have a Dream…”’ speech in which one of the things he said was:
”I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
That day seems to have come with the new election, and my heart is so grateful for this. In many ways, we have overcome many of our deepest prejudices over the years, and we should take a moment to appreciate how far we have journeyed in our quest for freedom, for equality of all peoples, and for justice for all.
I am so proud to be a member of our nation.
Please share with me your feelings and hopes about the election results and where our nation may be headed.

WRITER PROMPT: What You Would Do as President

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Today’s a history-making day as people throughout the United States line up at the polls to vote for a new President.
Imagine that you were elected President and can command the support of Congress and the American people to develop programs that will address many of the nation’s problems and help overcome the terrible difficulties we now face with war, the economy, health, and other issues.
Think for a moment and tell us what you would do if you were President.
We’d like to hear your views. Send them to us.