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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 August, 2010

WRITER’S PROMPT: Your Prayers for the First Day of a New School Year

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

So many memories rush in as I think back to when I was young and the new school year was about to start.  When I was very, very young I was very fearful of leaving home to go to school.   It was as if I was afraid that my home would disapear while I was away at school.  Things at home were often so shaky that I was always fearful, and in starting school I seemed to be afraid of everything — the new kids, the new teacher, the new things to learn.  It took me a long time to learn how to read and I was only able to do so as a wonderful teacher stayed after school with me and helped me build my confidence so that I could finally relax a little and make sense of the letters and the sounds they made.

Once I mastered reading, things were different because books became my world — they took me out of my problems and into new lands through my imagination and the images the stories evoked.  And I began to love school with all my passion; I began to dread the summers when there would be no school and I dreaded the emptiness I would feel without the structure of the classroom.  I looked eagerly to school beginning again at the end of summer.

I was thinking, too,  of the prayers I would say for my daughter when she was young and starting her new school year.  I would pray that she would be happy in school, that she would love to learn, that her teachers would treat her well — even with love — and be nurturing to her, and that she would not be hurt by the other children.    I wanted her to feel safe at school and treasured as a student.  God was good to her.

So, I ask you if you are a parent, what are your prayers for your own child for the new school year?  What are your hopes and dreams for your baby?  If you’re a teacher, what are your prayers for yourself and for the people whom you will teach? And, if you are a student, what are your prayers and hopes for yourself in the months to come.

Please share with us.

WRITER’S PROMPT: Your Last Words to A Loved One

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

I read an article recently about how people deal with the last days of loved ones who are dying, and one man said some words which have haunted me these last days.  As his wife was taking her last breaths, he tried to comfort her, telling her it was okay to let go, and he said something like ”I’ll join you soon.”  His words touched me —  they made me cry, they made me wonder what words I might speak to someone I loved who was leaving me.  They made me wonder what words I would want to hear in my last few seconds of life.  How can we comfort someone who is dying and afraid?  What are the words we need to say from our heart?  What are the gestures we need to make to help a loved one?   I have lost people these last years and have tried my best to comfort them, but did I say the right words to them?  Did I help ease their passage? I’m not sure.  How helpless we each feel in the face of death.  How does one answer Death?  How afraid I am of death.

What are your thoughts?

Writer’s Prompt: How About Creating A Comic Strip?

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

In addition to running this blog page, I also have another web site, MakeBeliefsComix.com, where you can create your own comic strips online.  It offers you fun characters to selected from and blank talk and thought balloons which you can fill in with text, and you can print and email1317 your completed comic strips.

Now, MakeBeliefsComix.com has begun posting each week a new theme or topic for visitors to create a comic strip with our comic strip generator and submit to us. After reviewing all submissions, we’ll  select a sample to post on our Facebook wall.  ‘The theme for this week is:  ‘’You and Your Friend Share Happy or Funny Memories.’’

Our educational online comic strip site also has added another feature that enables users to post their comic strips on their very own Facebook walls.   Those who create a comic strip and send it to themselves will receive an email1317 with two links: one to view and print the comic, and the other allowing them to post  the comic to their Facebook wall to share with friends and family

The link to the site which explains the new Facebook features is: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/MakeBeliefsComix_on_Facebook.php

I hope you’ll try it and enjoy making your comic strips.