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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 December, 2008

WRITER PROMPT: Whom Do You Love?

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Write about someone you love dearly.

WRITER PROMPT: How Wide Is Your Heart?

Friday, December 19th, 2008

I recently heard the expression ”a heart as wide as the world,” and somehow it stayed with me.
I thought about people whose hearts are open to the world and who show loving kindness to others and who help heal the world and make it a better place to be. And I wondered how to be like these people, how to put my hurts and anger and closedness aside and be more open in my dealings with others.
I think babies naturally have big hearts and are open to all they come in contact with — you can see that in the way they smile at those who smile at them — but as we grow older we seem to close ourselves more and more as we are buffeted by life’s problems and experiences as we try to lead our lives. So, somehow, as adults we need to begin again to open our hearts, to make them wide to the world, to give forth our love and kindness to others. It’s not as easy as it sounds, is it?
What comes to you mind when you hear the expression ”a heart as wide as the world”? Do you know people who are this way? Why not write about them, what they are like, how they became this way so that we can learn from them? How would you live with a heart that is wide as the world?

WRITER PROMPT: Write About A Memory

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

We are made of memories; our memories make us special and different from other human beings. Often, we will think back to our childhood and remember an experience we had when we were young or a special person we knew or met.
Please think back to one of your childhood memories that stays in your mind and share it with us. It can be a happy memory, or a sad one, or a magical memory or an exciting memory. Try to describe in detail what you remember; write about the type of child you were, what you were like. Write fully about the memory as if you could draw a picture so that we could see it, too, with our eyes. Why is this particular memory so important to you? How does it make you feel now?
If you can, write about the earliest memory you can remember. You can start your essay with the words: I remember…
Writers often use their memories to tell us about their lives and their history. You are a writer, too, so tell us about your memory. That way we will get to know you better.

WRITER PROMPT: What Cause Do You Support?

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

With the holiday season upon us, this is the time of year when so many nonprofit groups write to us asking for donations to support their causes — whether it’s the public library, or peace worker groups, or organizations that feed the hungry and poor. Sadness sets in when we realize that our funds are limited and we cannot give money and support to every cause.
But let’s think another way: What if we had an unlimited amount of money to support the cause we think most important to our lives and which would make the world better. If that were the case, what cause or group would you support and why? (Perhaps, in your own way, you already support an important group; if so, tell us about it, too.)
Please share your thoughts with us.

WRITER PROMPT: Who Is Your Hero?

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Each of us has a hero in our life. Maybe it is a loving parent. Maybe it is a teacher who was kind to us and helped us learn how to read and write.
Maybe your hero is a boss who has helped you develop in your job. Maybe it is someone who has given you a helping hand in this new country.
Maybe your hero is someone you read about in the newspaper or saw on television and who did something special with his or her life that helps make the world a little better. Perhaps your hero is a writer. Maybe your hero is a fictional character you read about in a book and you decided you wanted to be like that person.
So, who is your hero? What makes them so special to you? What did they accomplish? Why do you want to be like them? Do you think you are a hero to someone, too?
Please write about your hero and why that person is important to you

WRITER PROMPT: Loving Ourselves a Little

Friday, December 5th, 2008

There was an article in the December 4 edition of The Washington Post about writer Toni Morrison who one has just written a new book, ”A Mercy.” The writer of the article, Bob Thompson, says of a character in the book book that ”She has not yet learned to look inside herself for what Morrison has called ‘the beloved — the part of the self that is you, and loves you, and is always there for you.”
What about you. Have you taken time to find the ”beloved” within you who comforts you? Or, do you have to always search outside yourself for love and validation?
Perhaps if we each took a little time to appreciate ourselves rather than focus only on our mistakes, we might all feel better and have a happier world.
What’s your own thoughts about the beloved self? Does Morrison have a good idea?

WRITER PROMPT: What’s Free and Good?

Friday, December 5th, 2008

I was moving in a glass-enclosed swimming pool this week early in the morning when it was still dark out, and suddenly I heard the lifeguard say, ”Look at the sunrise — it’s free!” And I thought to myself how wise he was to say that, to appreciate something that was right before his eyes and to enjoy the glory and beauty of what he saw — and it didn’t cost him a penny. His cheerful enthusiasm drew me out of myself and made me feel good.
So, I ask you to take a moment to think about the things in your life that are free and which also give you much pleasure and joy, and to write them down so you don’t forget in those times when you’re feeling gloomy and uncertain.
Please share with us the free things in your life that are worth noting.

WRITER PROMPT: The Day Your Life Changed

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Slam poet Gayle Danley who works with young people to help them express their deepest feelings in poetry, has said to them, ”I want you to close your eyes [and picture] when something changed in your life and how you felt that day.” She then encourages her students to talk about what it is they saw and if it made them sad.
So today’s writing prompt is to write about something important or something good or something bad that changed your life, and in what way. Please share your writing with us.