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July 4, 2018

July 4th

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:48 pm

dad&uncle  Here I am with two of my top favorite men: my father on my right and my uncle on my left. They fought in WW II and put the American flag out for every holiday that honored our country. They were proud of their military experience and proud to serve their country so that democracy remained secure.

Write about those in your family who served, or not, in the military. How did they feel about it? Did they give their lives for America? Tell it all. Honor them!

Keep the pen moving,



July 3, 2018

Old Friends

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:33 pm

JanandPeter2015 Here is my friend Peter. We have been friends since we were eight. Our birthdays are on the same date, I am three hours older. The first time I met him I was in love. I had run up the street to find out who was moving into one of the apartments and asked a huge man retrieving something from his truck. “Whose moving in?” I asked. He said something like, “He is.” I turned to see who was behind me and fell into the deepest green eyes and a face full of marvelous freckles. His red hair had become his halo and at eight I was in love. We have remained friends and I won’t go into how we found each other again but it has been wonderful to keep in touch with him and his new wife. I have been friends with him longer than with anyone.
Write about a friend you have had the longest.

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July 2, 2018

Summer Treats

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 6:06 pm

Child Eating Strawberrie Summer is a time of fresh fruits from the garden. But there are many summer treats. My dad and I used to drive to Carvel for their lemon ice. On a hot summer evening when the humidity was high, we would enjoy the cool, fresh taste of lemon ice.

What summer treat did you and do you look forward to?

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July 1, 2018


Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 1:05 pm

Girl On Unicycle Courage is the overcoming of fear. What experiences have you had that filled you with fear? How did you bring up your courage and conquer the fear?

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June 30, 2018

The Act of Writing

Filed under: writing techniques — freethepen @ 1:43 pm

Janhawaii2015 Wherever I go I take my journal and when I can find a second I sit and write. The act of writing is a way to meditate on your experience in the moment. It is a way to resolve the past. It is a way to dream of the future. Best of all it is a way to get to know the self that lives within you. All this and more can be accomplished through the use of your pen, not the computer, but the pen. The process is not the same. The pen vs. the computer use different parts of the brain.

When you write, write without stopping, no censorship, nor editing. Let the self speak. Let the mind have its space to move around on the page. Write and watch the mind unfold.

Take a deep breath. Pick up your pen and start with where you are in this moment, this very moment. Breathe in and out and in and out and let thoughts show up on the page. This might take some practice but if you are not writing, you are in the way. Get out of the way and let whatever thoughts you have right now show up on the page. Now, keep going.

Keep the pen moving,


June 29, 2018

Have You Had Enough?

Filed under: writing and healing — freethepen @ 2:39 pm

bigstock-Vogue-style-vintage-portrait-35629610 We have our personal lives, community lives, national lives. There is so much going on in many areas of our lives right now that it is difficult to manage it all. Write out your stressors and what you would like to do about them. Who can help you with these burdens? Who needs to hear your voice on your point of view? Make a list, write letters, take action, take time to take care of yourself. How are you going to do this?

If you want to write fiction on this topic, develop a character who is drowning in stress. Write her out of it.

Keep the pen moving,


June 28, 2018


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KODAK Digital Still Camera I’ve heard that in certain spiritual practices bowls should never be empty. If they aren’t filled with fruit or other food items, they should be filled with blessings for others. What would you put in this bowl? What would it mean to put those items in the bowl? Are there certain intentions you would be utilizing?

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June 27, 2018

Wild Writing

Filed under: writing techniques — freethepen @ 12:59 pm

babywithbook Take your favorite book whether poetry, fiction, non-fiction or any other genre and find a sentence that makes you think, feel, or experience. Write that sentence on a clean page. If it reminds you of something you lived continue the sentence into a piece of your own. If the sentence makes your imagination run wild, write out scenes you are imagining.

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June 26, 2018


Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 12:57 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera Don’t we love surprises? When was the last time someone surprised you with flowers? How did it feel? Who was it? What flowers were sent? Was it a holiday or for no particular reason? Write out the experience in all its details.

If you have never received flowers as a surprise, did you send flowers to surprise someone? If you haven’t done that either, then who would you like to receive flowers from or who would you like to send them to?

Keep the pen moving,


June 25, 2018

Moonlit night

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 1:06 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera Okay, so I’m not a good photographer. Even so, you can see the power of the moon coming up on a quiet evening. The stillness is soul food. The moon is a reminder that nature is powerful and the universe is magnificent. I love staring into the full moon. It cleanses me of my day. It restores me like a prayer.

When I lived in Ca. I would often slip out of the house in the middle of the night and drive a mile to the ocean to watch the full moon slink across tiny waves touching the shore. That scene gave me the most inner satisfaction of peace I had ever known. It took me away from working and going to school full time, it took me away from an emotionally abusive boyfriend, it took me away from it all.

Write about your experience of a full moon. Write it all.

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