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September 11, 2017

Time Out

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Hurricane Harvey took my apartment in Texas. Due to this, I will not be posting daily prompts until I get re-settled. Hopefully, this will not take long. Thank you for your consideration. Jan


August 21, 2017


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dormantfrog Science explains a lot of phenomenon from why this little frog stays frozen until the weather warms until the solar eclipse — which is today. What is your favorite part of science? Why? What brought you to be interested in this?

Keep the pen moving,


May 28, 2017


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Me and Dad 1987 This is the weekend to honor heroes, those who have served the country, our families, our lives. My Dad is my hero. He not only served the country during WW II in the Army, but he was there when he was needed in the family as well. I think of all the little things he did: drove me to teen age parties across Brooklyn in snowstorms after working a hard day, buying me my favorite cherry pie on Sunday getting up early to buy bread and pastries while we slept, washing and waxing my car, and some big ones too: studying to become a Mason so he could sit in the member-only meetings while I was Queen of the Triangle girls pushing himself to the limits of his education. I am in awe of his sacrifices. He never complained. He only offered his services.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan and

April 7, 2017


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giraffes  The love and care animals give to their young should be a lesson for people. What is your favorite animal and how do they care for their young? How were you cared for? Would you have changed anything if you could? What memories stand out the most?

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April 1, 2017


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two brothers play in rain outdoors Thunderstorms are memorable for many reasons. Sometimes it’s the loud cracking sounds in the sky. Sometimes it’s the bolt of lightning that hits too close to home. Sometimes we get to use our new boots or new umbrellas. What memories do you have?

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March 17, 2017


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Take these three words: stilettos, scarf, broken heart. Write a 500 word story including these three words.Be wild.

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March 7, 2017


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eveglasses Sometimes we forget the imagination and creativity, not only of our own, but of our mother’s. Look at this photo. This is my sweet nephew and his wife’s second child. Her name is Evelyn, and she has a very creative mother. This photo wreaks of it. Write about your mother’s creativity, or lack of. And, as always,

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March 6, 2017


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bigstock-fragment-of-wheel-reviews-4705326 How many times have you gone on carnival rides, fair rides, boardwalk rides, or other places where they have such activities? What is your  favorite ride and describe in as much detail as you can what it felt like to be on that ride. Write about the day, other things you did at the event, what you ate, who you were with, what you might have won at certain booths.

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March 1, 2017


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bigstock-bicycle-with-basket-lille-15360068 What childhood doesn’t have bicycle stories? What’s yours? Where did you like to ride? Do you remember the first time you rode without help and left your parent standing on the sidewalk praying for your safety? Did you like to ride alone or with friends? Start writing and see where your memory, emotions, and creativity take you.

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February 28, 2017


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hands  Today’s topic is hands. Use your imagination. Are they your hands? A parent’s hands? A lover’s. Write about how these hands feel, what they are doing, what you think they are about to do. Write fast and wild, let your imagination have its way.

Photo is compliments of Jeanne Simonoff, a friend, a colleague writer, and a former Santa Fe neighbor. In case you haven’t heard of Jeanne, let me introduce you. Jeanne wrote
Saving Myself, sving myslf a Los Angeles Childhood. This is a fabulous memoir, in case you are looking for a good read.

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