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July 15, 2017

Bit of Wisdom

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:23 pm

Thinking Cute Kid Girl Looking. Instagram Effect Portrait What is the last bit of wisdom you received from your mom? How old were you? What brought her to speak to you about the topic? How did you feel about it? Will you follow that wisdom?

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Jan

July 14, 2017

Scavenger

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:58 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera I love being a scavenger. When I was a Girl Scout, we would have scavenger hunts every few months. Being farsighted I found lots of items not on the list of things the Girl Scout leaders planted for us to discover. When I go camping, I usually come home with money, pocket knives, once I found a Coleman griddle, and so much more. Today I found this feather on my morning walk. Not sure what kind of bird it is from. Perhaps a mockingbird?

What kinds of things do you find? Are you a scavenger too? How does it feel to find things? Where have you found items?

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Jan

July 13, 2017

Winnings

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:48 pm

Vegetable garden - little gardener with harvests of organic toma Whether your winnings for the day was a handful of homegrown tomatoes or money at the horse tracks, write about a time when you were able to enjoy some winnings. Where were you? What did you win? How did it feel? Was it an abundant winning?

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Jan

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July 12, 2017

First Thing

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:02 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera Write the first thing on your mind this morning. Was it a dream you had last night, a problem you need to solve, an emotion that is being carried through each day, perhaps grief or struggle? Write it out in detail slowing down your mind to get it all on the pages.

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Jan

July 11, 2017

Being Prepared

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:25 pm

Cute Little Girl  Puts Her Shoes What is the one thing you always want to be prepared for? Some women have to have shoes for any occasion that arises, just in case. Some have to make sure their gas tanks are always full in case they suddenly have to take a long trip. We each have something we do to be prepared for something that might happen. What do you do? Who taught you to do that? What would happen if you didn’t keep yourself prepared? Write out your story.

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Jan

July 10, 2017

Favorite Artist

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:02 pm

Thinking Cute Kid Girl Looking. Instagram Effect Portrait Think for a minute. Who is your favorite artist? What is your favorite piece of art and what about the artist’s work do you enjoy?

Years ago, I went to the De Young Museum in San Franscisco to see a Picasso exhibit. As I stared at one of his paintings, I turned my head to the left and nearly fell apart. A huge painting, titled, Two Women, (as I remember the name) had a profound impact on me. I must have stood in front of it for 20 minutes fighting back tears. It gave off an endearing, tender, powerful punch. Rectangles and cubes, circles and twists, came together in a revealing sense of the female, but not just that. It was the tenderness of the two women connecting with each other. Whether he was depicting sisters, mother with daughter, friends, it was difficult to decipher. It captured the feminine essence and I was deeply touched.

Although I have many favorite authors, this one piece, and the experience it gave me, will remain with me forever. What is the piece of art that has moved you?

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JanMa

 

July 9, 2017

Sweet 16

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:57 pm
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Long Stem Red RoseDo you remember being sweet 16? What were you like back then? What mistakes did you make? What wisdom did you have at such a young age? What was happening in your family? Write it all.

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Jan

July 8, 2017

It was once said that . . .

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 2:18 pm

bigstock-Happy-Teens-35243588 You’re sitting around with your best friend making up stories. You start with, It was once said that …. Where do you go from there? Write out a story starting with those words. Keep writing. Let your imagination run wild. You never know where the pen will go if you just,

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Jan

July 7, 2017

Using a Quote

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:45 pm

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A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill. -Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (7 Jul 1907-1988)

This quote set my mind to working! What does it do for your mind? What comes to mind when you read this quote?

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Jan

July 6, 2017

The Delightful Interruption

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

bigstock-feather-icon-41376454Have you ever had a delightful interruption of something you were doing or about to do? What was it? Remember to include the five senses and any emotions you experienced.

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Jan

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