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thursday immigration

Choosing to emigrate was not an easy decision. In a culture in which family and community ties were so strong, the decision to leave it all behind was heart-wrenching. Emigrants knew that they would probably never see their loved ones again. Friends and family often held mock wakes for emigrants on the night before their departure, symbolic of the permanent separation that was coming between them. –101 Things You Didn’t Know about Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle by Ryan Hackney and Amy Hackney Blackwell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who decides to leave their home and culture to go to a new place.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about the immigrants that come into your country?

Art Prompt: Emigrate

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a wave of emigrants – historical or current.

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Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. –The Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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: Write about the biggest change happening in your life right now.

Art Prompt: Change

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Give your audience some tips for handling change.

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It was odd how the world could change you just by changing around you. –Children of the After: Awakening by Jeremy Laszlo

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. How have changes in the world affected your character? What is the most significant event in his/her life?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a big event that changed your life.How does it still affect you today?

Art Prompt: Changes

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Choose a world event and tell your audience about how it changed your life or way of thinking.

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19th Century justice - Victorian Crime and Punishment

A series of experiments conducted by researchers affiliated with Princeton University has found that punishment is only satisfying to victims if the offenders change their attitude as a result of the punishment.
“Revenge is only ‘sweet’ if the person reacts with a change in attitude, if the person understands that what they did was wrong. It is not the act itself that makes punishment satisfying,” said Friederike Funk, a Princeton graduate student in psychology and one of the researchers. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about revenge that backfires.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when someone hurts you? What do you want to happen?

Art Prompt: Revenge

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about wanting revenge, then finding out that it didn’t satisfy you.

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He’d have done it faster if all the other things in his life hadn’t gotten in the way. Oh well, that was life everywhere. Always getting in the way of the important stuff. –P.S. Power, The Builder

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where an unexpected life event throws your character off course.

Journaling Prompt: How have unexpected occurrences changed the course of your life? Do you use them as excuses or springboards?

Art Prompt: Life gets in the way

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about how something happened to you that changed the course of your life.

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…change is all too often only a word to signify chaos. -Kate Elliott, Shadow Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the chaos of change.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a change that was chaotic for you.

Art Prompt: Change or Chaos

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the chaos of change. Inform your audience about how they can harness that energy to move forward.

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the train will be leaving soon (annoyed gentleman next door)

When Emily Daggett Weiss boarded the Twentieth Century Limited in the spring of 1913, bound for a brief sojourn in the West, one or two old biddies gave her the hairy eye. Woman traveling alone. No better than she should be, as her mother used to say about young women of low moral standards. Worse than the biddies, a traveling salesman winked at her. -Irene Fleming, The Brink of Fame

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: Imagine traveling a century back in time. What would be the most difficult thing for you to get used to?

Art Prompt: 1913

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about how women’s place in society has changed in the last century.

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Resistance increases the more people sense that they cannot influence what is happening to them. -Ken Blanchard, Leading at a Higher Level

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a resistance movement fighting against a conspiracy.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you respond to change. Does your level of resistance change if you have some control in the process?

Art Prompt: Resistance

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write an article informing your audience about ways that they can decrease resistance to change.

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Elderly Woman Seated on Steps - Santiago de Cuba - Cuba

“I am not as I once was.” — N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem starting with the first line of the week.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you have changed in the last year.

Art Prompt: Create art inspired by the first line of the week.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about your system for creating change in your life.

Gay Marriage - Opposing Headlines

“Most public policy is based on offering people incentives and disincentives,” Berns says. “Our findings indicate that it’s unreasonable to think that a policy based on costs-and-benefits analysis will influence people’s behavior when it comes to their sacred personal values, because they are processed in an entirely different brain system than incentives.”

Research participants who reported more active affiliations with organizations, such as churches, sports teams, musical groups and environmental clubs, had stronger brain activity in the same brain regions that correlated to sacred values. “Organized groups may instill values more strongly through the use of rules and social norms,” Berns says…

“As culture changes, it affects our brains, and as our brains change, that affects our culture. You can’t separate the two,” Berns says…

Future conflicts over politics and religion will likely play out biologically, Berns says. Some cultures will choose to change their biology, and in the process, change their culture, he notes. He cites the battles over women’s reproductive rights and gay marriage as ongoing examples. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem based on a cultural shift that challenges people’s sacred values.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your personal values and how you feel if they are challenged.

Art Prompt: Brain and Societal Change

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