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I am dust. Particles in a shiny urn. But I’m not alone in here. There are a few fragments left over from the previous inhabitants of the ferocious incinerator. I don’t mind; it’s nice having some company. –Disposition of Remains by Laura T Emery

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe happens after you die?

Art Prompt: Urn

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about different cultural practices about handling the body after death.

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foment 

  • To nurse to life or activity; to incite; to abet; to instigate; — often in a bad sense.
  • Fomentation; the act of fomenting.
  • State of excitation.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react when someone is trying to stir the pot?

Art Prompt: Foment

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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Players who received the highest number of penalties — those in the top 10 percent of penalties — had an average of 1.5 arrests per player, including violent and nonviolent arrests. Each player with one arrest averaged 11 penalties and 95 penalty yards. The numbers were higher for those with two or more arrests: Those players averaged 16 penalties and 133 penalty yards each.

“Since our findings revealed a link between workplace behavior and off-duty behavior, it is important for organizations, especially those with a high profile like the NFL, to take seriously their personal conduct policies and to properly screen those they hire for employment, as the actions of any one individual has consequences, both negative and positive, not only for the individual involved but also to the image of the organization,” Nicole Piquero said.

The study found no link between penalties and violent arrests, which, contrary to popular belief, represent a small number of overall arrests among NFL players. In addition, researchers found that players had very few penalties during postseason games, which they believe could be due to the high stakes involved in those games or the fact that referees tend to call fewer penalties during that time. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a pro athlete whose behavior on and off the field is questionable.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about professional athletes who are violent off the field?

Art Prompt: NFL

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the correlation between on and off the field behavior in pro football players.

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If I am honest, we are strangers sitting together. Though we lived in the same house, survived similar ordeals, we have each grown to become our own women. With time we have learned to hold our secrets close rather than share. –Sejal Badani, Trail of Broken Wings

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of siblings who endured abuse and their relationship with each other.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with your sibling(s).

Art Prompt: Sisters

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about something you and one of your siblings went through together.

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Personal technology such as fitness trackers and smartphones that record users’ daily activities are likely to be used increasingly in criminal investigations, raising questions about individuals’ rights that the legal system is not yet fully prepared to address, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Information such as location, travel patterns and even physiological details such as heart rate and activity levels could be retrieved from devices as a part of criminal investigations. Such technology offers new tools to law enforcement, but raises unique issues regarding important constitutional rights such as self-incrimination, according to the report.

Courtrooms also are poised to change because of technology, with teleconferencing, digital records and even virtual reality entering the scene — all intended to speed up proceedings and reduce the cost to the justice system. These technologies raise issues of fairness for defendants and may change the notion of whether a trial by videoconference is equal to proceedings where everyone appears in person, according to the report. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which personal technology may incriminate your protagonist.

Journaling Prompt: What personal technology do you use?

Art Prompt: Personal tech

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the unexpected ways other people can access your personal tech.

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Away! away! for I will fly to thee,
Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,
But on the viewless wings of Poesy,
Though the dull brain perplexes and retards: Already with thee! tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays;
But here there is no light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story behind this verse.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a night vision you had.

Art Prompt: Queen Moon on her Throne

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story set by moonlight.

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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