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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 January, 2012

WRITER’S PROMPT: The Words of the Great Dr. King

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Listen to the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered in a sermon, ”The Drum Major Instinct,” February 4, 1968 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta:

”Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind…”
He also said:
”We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.”

Can we live up to his words? Can each of us possess the ”drum major instinct” to do fine acts? What fine acts would you like to do?

WRITER’S PROMPT: What Would You Say to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.?

Monday, January 9th, 2012

My other web site, MakeBeliefsComix.com, has posted a new writing printable for Martin Luther King Day at http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Digital-Write-Ables/Rev_Martin_Luther_King_Jr.php
It asks: Imagine that you could tell the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. what he means to you and our country. What would you say to him?

The MLK graphic prompt is part of a new MakeBeliefsComix writing prompt feature called Digital Write-Ables which allows users to use their computer keyboard and write stories directly on the screen as they fill in the writing prompt. They then can print out their writings. Their efforts to complete the Write-Able can then become the first step in writing longer essays or stories on the same subject. The Write-Ables can also be used with students enrolled in literacy and English-As-Second Language (ESL, ESOL) programs and provide an educational resource for teaching language arts.