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Aloysius Hudon Beaulieu created marvelous blue ravens that stormy summer. –Blue Ravens by Gerald Vizenor

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: If you could create anything, what would you create?

Art Prompt: Ravens

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell  your audience about the most magical creation you’ve ever heard of.

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We might, had we time, consider the birds of Irish folk legend from many other points of view besides that of storytellers and historians. There are the seabirds at whom Cuchulain aims his sling stone and who turned into maidens the most beautiful that the world had ever seen. There were the lovely birds of varied plumage who flew two and two linked together with silver chains to guide the Ulster heroes to the place where Cuchulain was to be born and who, flinging off their bird skins, showed themselves as Dechtire, his mother, and her 50 companions. There were the scall crows and ravens into which the goddesses of war, Badb and Morrigu, transform themselves when they follow the march of armies or hovered over a battlefield.

And there were the birds of fairyland, singing everlastingly from the pure purple trees which stand at the eastern door of the haunts of the blessed. It is but a short step from this conception to that of the birds of paradise, where a bird of red gold with its hundred wings sings from the very golden cross which guards the entries, and the splendid bird flock sustains a perfect melody from the flowering tree of life within the heavenly bounds. -Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom by Caitlin Matthews

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which a bird plays a prominent role.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your favorite bird.

Art Prompt: Birds

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about birds in folklore.

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Duck Eggs

In 1895, rumors started swirling that duck nests were being raided. Companies needed the albumin in eggs for industrial applications, and were grabbing up eggs from nesting grounds. If things kept going, most species of ducks would soon be extinct! The rumors made it to Congress, and stirring speeches about shadowy corporate conspiracies were made. Fingers were pointed. Hunters were mobilized. Environmentalists were asked to speak up. How would this terrible practice be stopped?
The problem solved itself when Forest and Stream, a magazine, pointed out the fact that none of it was true. Companies that needed albumin were happy to get it from farmed sources – most of them foreign. No one was going around raiding wild nests for a few teaspoons of liquid. The question remained, who cooked up the hoax in the first place? –Esther Ingliss – Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a hoax and write a story about how it plays out.

Journaling Prompt: What is the most interesting hoax you’ve heard of? Why is is particularly interesting to you?

Art Prompt: Duck eggs

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about hoaxes through history and why we are susceptible to believing them.

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