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July 13, 2018

Estate Sales

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KODAK Digital Still Camera Estate sales excite me. I have found some great deals over the years. But I can’t help feeling sad about the people no longer able to enjoy their home and possessions. I try to imagine the people who owned the items I bought and what meaning they had for them. Were the items I bought birthday presents, get well presents, perhaps they bought them at estate sales too. I am a witness to someone’s life without knowing the someone. So I wind up leaving with mixed feelings, even about the great deal I might have found.

Write about an estate sale you’ve been to. Was it your family’s? Did you know the people? What did you buy and why? Did you have thoughts about the people who owned the items on sale?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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July 10, 2018

Thoughts

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a writer I love this photo. I learned to type on just such a machine. It never came to mind back in the 60s that someday I’d be typing on a computer that makes corrections automatically and also informs me of what the corrections should be. That standard typewriter was so simple. I loved having the rows of keys on different levels to protect my arms from pain allowing me to type faster. Computer keyboards are impractical, especially with laptops. The keys are too close and my errors have increased because of it.

What thoughts do you have about this photo?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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July 9, 2018

Tool

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KODAK Digital Still Camera I have a cup of my favorite pens. I have three wooden pens handmade by my writing student and two I bought 40 years ago at a crafts fair, three fountain pens that I love using when I write letters, a pen I bought at a local bookstore that is a ruler, level, and a screwdriver when you remove the cap, and two Watermann pens I bought for my 50th birthday because I rarely buy one of anything. These pens feel like extensions of my arm when I write with them and keep me enjoying writing my daily entry in my journals. I still don’t own a quill pen with its little bottle of black ink, but I’m searching for one.

Tell me about your favorite pens, if you have them. If you don’t, why not? I cringe when I see people using the thin Bic nondescript pens in class. Every craft needs good tools. Don’t you think?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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July 6, 2018

Getting Older

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Thinking Cute Kid Girl Looking. Instagram Effect Portrait Think about it. When we are young we look forward to getting older so we can have more benefits. When we arrive at an age when we can live on our own we look forward to building our lives to make us happy. When we arrive near retirement age we look forward to creating how we want to spend the last half of our lives. And, when we reach old age we hope we aren’t going to lose the benefits we gained after childhood. What do these sentences bring up in you. Write it all out.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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May 24, 2018

Embarrassing Moment

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bigstock-Vogue-style-vintage-portrait-35629610 Write about your most embarrassing moment. Who was involved, why was it embarrassing, what happened?

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Jan

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May 23, 2018

Journal Writing

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Janhawaii2015 Journal writing is a form of healing. Try this: write out a time in which you were confused, unsure of where to go in your life, or a time when you were terribly hurt by someone. After you finish the piece, reread it and circle all the places that still bring physical feelings such as anger, a pang in your stomach, a bit of anxiety or some such emotional reaction.

Take all the places you have circled and write a piece on each item circled. You will find that by doing this, you will go another step deeper into the heart of the matter. Keep doing this process until you feel you have found a place of relief, healing, peace.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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May 16, 2018

Dreams

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Child Waking Up Sleep can be sweet, especially when we are able to sleep deeply enough to dream. Write about a dream you had last night. What out the details you remember then focus on the feeling of the dream. In analysis, it is the emotion of the dream that counts. Dream details are simply symbols. If you didn’t dream, or you didn’t get enough sleep, why not?

Studies show that when you write before bedtime, for 20 minutes, for just 3-4 nights, you are more likely to have at least an hour more of good sleep a night.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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May 12, 2018

Free the Pen

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KODAK Digital Still Camera There is always something that we want to write about but don’t. Even me, and I’ve written 110 daily journals and 24 books. For most of all, and dare I say all of us, something lurks in the back of our experiences that we don’t want to tell, write, whisper, sing, or expose out into the world. Often we imagine once we expose it we will feel embarrassed, shamed, exposed or some such other horrible experience.

Well, free the pen! Write out that something that wants to stay hidden inside you and see if it is as ominous as you expect. Remember, you can always burn the paper your experience is on or tear it or bury it or put it in your safe deposit box.

Free the pen!

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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May 8, 2018

Characters

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Child Splashing In Dirty Mud Puddle How often do we look at someone who is expressing their uniquesness and comment: “What a character!

Write out the specifics of someone you think is quite a character and what their uniqueness draws from you such as, envy, pride, jealousy, admiration.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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check out my new book of poems titled, Light.

May 6, 2018

I didn’t know then . . .

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bigstock-Vogue-style-vintage-portrait-35629610 I didn’t know then what was really happening. — How many times have we uttered those words? Write about a time you acted on something you thought was happening when in fact, something else was in play.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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