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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 October, 2010

WRITER’S PROMPT: The Return of Happiness

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

I was reading a book review of ”Driving on the Rim” by Thomas McGuane which quotes a character who observes that ”of all the mysteries of life, nothing was more mysterious than the return of happiness.”  That quote seemed to touch me because I can remember many times, in going through unhappy periods. when  I thought that joy and happiness would never return.  But then a time  finally, with some grace, comes when the clouds are lifted — even if temporarily — and I was able to experience once again the pleasure that also accompanies life.   Those of the moments when I give thanks, when I try to show appreciation for the good that has re-entered my life.

What about you?  Do you remember how it felt when happiness returned to your life after a time of sadness.  What was it like for you?  Can you remember?

WRITER’S PROMPT: The Rescue

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Imagine for a moment you were one of the miners who had been trapped for many weeks deep below in the mine in Chile and were finally rescued this week.  While waiting for rescue, you had vowed to yourself that if you ever got out of the mine alive you would change your life for the better.  How will you live your life now?

Please share with us.

WRITING PROMPT: Where Does He Get His Courage?

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

While imprisoned in China for fighting for human rights and a more democratic political system, Liu Xiaobo last Friday won the Nobel Peace Prize. The 54-year-old former literature professor was one of the main authors of Charter ’08, a pro-democracy manifesto that calls for expanded liberties and the end to single-party rule in China.  He was convicted last December of ”inciting subversion of the state.” The Chinese government has denounced Mr. Liu’s award as ”blasphemy” and has imposed a blackout on news about it.  Mr. Liu’s wife, Liu Xia,  has been placed under house arrest. A Wall Street Journal commentator asked this week, ”How powerful can a state be if it is terrified of a single man?”

I ask myself where does Mr. Liu get his courage to fight for his beliefs and to live through the terrible ordeal of losing his own freedom and having to live in a jail.   I’m not sure I would have his strength or convictions.  What about you?

WRITER’S PROMPT: Creating a New Season

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Make believe you invested a new season.  What kind of weather would there be?  Your season’s name?