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August 22, 2017

Appearances

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:40 pm

moonkissingtheseaThings aren’t always what they appear to be. For instance, this moon is not sitting on the ocean, even though we refer to it as that. How often do you have to explain facts about your life, your personal qualities, actions you take? How often do you get challenged or misunderstood? Write about one situation that you want to clear up. Why is it important to clear it up? Who are you wanting to understand the truth?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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August 21, 2017

Science

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 4:34 pm

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,

Jan

August 20, 2017

Daughters and Their Mothers

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 5:02 pm

meandmom70s Daughters and their mothers is a most enigmatic relationship. It is like no other relationship women have and it doesn’t matter if her mother raised her, gave her away for adoption, died in childbirth or left her on a doorstep.

Every daughter wants one thing of her mother: to be healthy in her own right. For every mother who takes her own health, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically, seriously, she gifts her daughter permission to be healthy too. When mothers refuse to be healthy, or is indifferent to the many areas health involves, that burden falls upon her daughter.

How healthy was your mother? How burdened did you feel by the way she took care of herself? Or, did she set you free by taking care of herself?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

August 19, 2017

Heat

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:22 pm

thermometer Summer heat! If you live in Texas or some other state where the heat is off the charts, then you know summer heat. What do you do when it is sweltering hot? What can’t you do? Are there activities you can only do in the heat beyond heat? Tell it all.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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 . . .

Keep the pen moving,

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?

Keep the pen moving,

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.

Keep the pen moving,

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?

Keep the pen moving,

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?

Keep the pen moving,

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?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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