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August 18, 2017

Surprise

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:54 pm

Child What is the best surprise you’ve ever gotten? Where were you? How old were you? Who surprised you? Tell it all . . .

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Jan

August 17, 2017

Discrimination

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 12:49 pm

bigstock-Vogue-style-vintage-portrait-35629610 It is difficult to believe that discrimination still exists in America. Generation after generation, we have yet to accept the many differences this country holds. What discrimination have you experienced? What discrimination do you feel towards others? How can you change your mind? What do you need to learn about the people you don’t think deserve what you do?

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Jan

August 16, 2017

Quote

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 3:20 pm

Long Stem Red Rose The Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel said: “We open our eyes too late.” What have you opened your eyes too late about? Write about that experience in every detail.

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Jan

August 15, 2017

Summer Fun

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:11 pm

Little girl jumping with an inflatable round tube in the pool, h What summer activity are you hoping to do before fall begins? Is this an activity you did with your parents? Is it something you discovered as an adult? Describe why you like it? Is there someone you want to teach this activity?

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Jan

August 14, 2017

Flowers

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 1:59 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera A woman walks into her kitchen and notices a vase of flowers on the counter. The only one who has a spare key is her ex, whom she hasn’t seen in a year. She never changed the locks on her door when they broke up. There was no need. He was a good guy. All this time and not a word from him. Now she wonders. Could he have put the flowers on her counter? If not him, then who?

What does this scenario create in your mind? Who is this woman? Who was her ex? What might be going on? What other scenarios could be in motion here?

Write a 1500 word story about this scene? Who is the real character? The woman? The ex? The flowers?

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Jan

August 13, 2017

Fear

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:03 pm

roadlesstraveled What are you most afraid of in life? How much power does it have in your daily decisions? What would you like this fear to teach you? If you weren’t afraid, how would it make a difference in your life?

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Jan

August 12, 2017

The Good Old Opposite Sex

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:40 pm

African Kids Playing On Swing In Neighborhood. Over the years, we hear truisms about the opposite sex. For instance, “men are dogs,” “women like to nag.” What have you heard about the good old opposite sex? Do you believe what you heard is true? Why? Why not? Does it not apply to your sex too? Who told you about this truism? Write stream-of-consciousness until you are spent. Let your mind run wild!

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Jan

August 11, 2017

Hot Cookies

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:45 pm

bigstock-Freshly-baked-peanut-butter-co-38755924.jpg Ah, freshly baked, warm cookies. Is there anything else as great? What is your favorite warm cookie? Me? I love oatmeal chocolate chip, warm and gooey. Makes me feel like a kid – enjoying every bit of mess on my fingertips, licking them with delight, breakfast and dessert wrapped up in one medallion. Are the cookies you like ones you made? Who gave you the recipe? Tell about it.

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Jan

August 10, 2017

Summer

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:05 pm

Boys Fishing The activities of summer. We each have our special relaxing thing to do. What is yours? Do you like to sit on the wharf and fish? Lay under a tree and read a book? Lay by the pool? Travel? Write in detail why you like this activity and who introduced you to it. Why is it special and how does it allow you to relax and enjoy yourself?

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Jan

August 9, 2017

Homes

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:09 pm

Kate-new cover2 We usually fall in love with our home. We fix it, paint it, decorate it, landscape it, and live in it. What home did you have that took you to the most internal safe place? Where was the home? What did it look like? How much work did you put into it? Who lived there with you? How long did you live there? Are you still living there? Why did you leave it? Write until you are spent.

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Jan

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