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May 21, 2017

All along . . .

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:35 pm

bigstock-feather-icon-41376454 All along . . . Don’t you have things you’ve wanted all along? You know, those things that stay in the back of our brains haunting us with desire. What are yours?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 20, 2017

Silence

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 12:58 pm

answers What answers does silence give you? What questions about life do you ask in silence? Do you welcome silence or avoid it? Silence allows me to have the best relationship with my self. In silence I can hear my own heartbeat, my thoughts, my wishes, my regrets, my desires, and determine how I want to live my life. I seek silence. When I need more, I make a date with myself and step away from people. Years ago I knew a man who couldn’t stand silence. When he was alone in the house he had the TV, radio, and all the lights on. He seemed to want to run away from his inner silence. I couldn’t imagine living like that. Do you live like that?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 19, 2017

Rain

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 12:43 pm

Fields At The Rainbows End I love looking for rainbows after it rains. In New Mexico, I often saw triple rainbows. It was breathtaking. What do you love about rain?

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Jan

JanMarquart.com

CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 18, 2017

Prompt – Relatives

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 3:24 pm

dad&uncle My favorite relative was my Uncle Harold, pictured on the right. He and my father, on the left, were eleven years apart and best friends. My Uncle  adored his little brother. He had a contagious laugh, a loud voice – as do all the Marquarts, visited every Sunday for as long as I can remember, and was always pulling small pranks. His sense of humor was often devious, putting ketchup on the crotches of underwear on the clothesline, or quietly moving something in the house to drive my mother crazy. Since I rarely knew what he was up to, I’d often be on high alert when he came over. That alone made him tease me unmercifully. Uncle Harold had an allergy to the skin of a peach and that was my power. As a young teen, I’d chase him around the dining room table, holding out the peach. My father would have to come to his rescue. My father adored his big brother. My Uncle was kind and funny and I always felt loved by him. He introduced me to gardening and gave me the tightest hug when I flew home after recovering from a paralyzing illness, deep in tears. He adored my father — was always there for him when my father needed to talk. When my father died, my uncle was a torn man.  Uncle Harold was a wonderful example of loyalty, family honor, humor, and faithfulness, and I miss him so very much, especially on Sundays. And I adored them both.

Who was your favorite relative? What kind of relationship did you have with this relative and how did he/she make a difference in your life?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 17, 2017

Memoir

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:04 pm

idea What ideas do you have about your relationship with your parents that you would put in your memoir?

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Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 16, 2017

Uniqueness

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:15 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera We have to grow according to our own uniqueness. In what ways has your life taken its direction because of your uniqueness. What has that journey been like? What would you have done differently or not changed at all, despite any difficulties. This journey belongs to you and only you . What is it like?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com     CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 15, 2017

Grown Up

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 12:35 pm

Fitting Dads Shoes Kids like dressing up in their parent’s clothes. When I was about 6, my mother had a pair of butterscotch-colored high heel shoes that I loved clacking around the apartment in. What clothes, of your parents, did you like wearing? How did they make you feel?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com     CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 14, 2017

Love

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 12:44 pm

PrintLove is a complicated emotion. Some say love isn’t an emotion; it is an action. When I think of love I think of an emotional place of goodness and wholeness. I think of a place of trust and stability but that is not how most people live love. Certainly I haven’t lived love the way I think it is. Love has been fickle, unstable, unmanageable, infuriating, and embracing. Love is so many things. Poets have been trying to capture its definition and essence for centuries. What is yours? Write about the love you have given and the love you have received. Write about its nature and your longing for it. Write about your experience of it.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com    CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 13, 2017

Shame

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:08 pm

Childhood Independence Concept - Little Boy Dressing Up Shame makes us want to hide. Write about a time you were shamed. What did you do? How did you handle it? How did that situation change you?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com

CanyouFindMyLove.com

May 12, 2017

Mothers

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:27 pm

Young mother and daughter with lettuce Everyone has a mother whether they were raised by her, abandoned, given up for adoption, or, unfortunately, she passed away. Whatever story we have about our mothers, we have one. Was the relationship tumultuous, was she your best friend, or have you moved out of her circle completely?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com    CanYouFindMyLove.com

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