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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, 2010

WRITER’S PROMPT: Your Hopes for The New Year

Friday, December 31st, 2010

What is your wish, hope or prayer for 2011?

WRITER’S PROMPT: Writing Messages of Hope on Paper Flowers

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

I saw a photograph showing an Indonesian boy leaving a message of hope written on a paper flower outside a mosque.  This marked the sixth anniversary of the tsunami that killed 164,000 people in his province.  The flowered messages seem to be a beautiful way of marketing an event or putting a prayer down on paper.  And I was thinking at this time of year, when we celebrate end-of-the-year holidays, what message I might want to leave on paper.

What about you?  What messages of hope would you place on your paper flower?

WRITER’S PROMPT: Who Knows What Courage Is Inside Us?

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Wall Street Journal featured an article Dec. 10 (”The Man Who Said No to Hitler”)  about an extraordinary man, Adolf Busch, considered the greatest German violinist of the 20th century, who refused to kowtow to Adolf Hitler.   When the Nazis came to power in 1933 Hitler and his henchmen started putting into place a policy of systematic persecution of German Jews. The violinist Busch, who was not Jewish, decided to stop playing with his quartet in Germany. He was the only well-known non-Jewish German classical musician to emigrate from Germany solely as a matter of principle.    While he was able to make a living in the United States, Busch’s days of fame were over.

The author of the article, Terry Teachout, asks his readers if they find Busch’s story inspiring.  ”If so,” he says, ”then ask yourself this: How much would you be willing to inconvenience yourself over a matter of moral principle?  Would you sign a petition? Help a friend who was being persecuted?  Pull the plug on your career?  Or would you simply put your head down and hope that your fellow countrymen would come to their senses sooner or later?  Adolph Busch paid an awesomely high price for his beliefs.  Of course he did the right thing — but what would you do?”

Can any of us answer that question with absolute certainty?  Who knows how we would react in a similar situation? I am sure each of us would want to do the right thing, but who knows how we would really respond in such a crisis.   Please share your own thoughts.

WRITER’S PROMPT: Animal Wisdom?

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Make believe your little pet imparted to you all the wisdom in its heart.   What would it whisper to you?

Share with us.