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Nearly swamping a French trawler, the White Star Lines flagship RMS Titanic pulled away from its last ever contact with land at Queenstown in Ireland on the afternoon of April 11, 1912. –Caldwell Andrew, Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set on a doomed ship.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you lost to a tragic accident.

Art Prompt: Titanic

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a true story set on the Titanic.

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The basic principle behind asset forfeiture is appealing. It enables authorities to confiscate cash or property obtained through illicit means, and, in many states, funnel the proceeds directly into the fight against crime. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, cops drive a Cadillac Escalade stencilled with the words “this used to be a drug dealer’s car, now it’s ours!” In Monroe, North Carolina, police recently proposed using forty-four thousand dollars in confiscated drug money to buy a surveillance drone, which might be deployed to catch fleeing suspects, conduct rescue missions, and, perhaps, seize more drug money. Hundreds of state and federal laws authorize forfeiture for cockfighting, drag racing, basement gambling, endangered-fish poaching, securities fraud, and countless other misdeeds.
In general, you needn’t be found guilty to have your assets claimed by law enforcement; in some states, suspicion on a par with “probable cause” is sufficient. Nor must you be charged with a crime, or even be accused of one. Unlike criminal forfeiture, which requires that a person be convicted of an offense before his or her property is confiscated, civil forfeiture amounts to a lawsuit filed directly against a possession, regardless of its owner’s guilt or innocence. –TAKEN by Sarah Stillman

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone whose assets are forfeited.

Journaling Prompt: What would be the hardest thing for you to forfeit?

Art Prompt: Asset Forfeiture

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about  what happens during an asset forfeiture.

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It’s an ancient and honorable term for the final step in any engineering project. Turn it on, see if it smokes. –Falling Free by Louise MacMaster Bujold

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an engineering project gone horribly wrong.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about products that don’t work as advertised? How do you react? 

Art Prompt: On / Off

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a home repair gone horribly wrong.

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It was as though the lifeline on her palm had fallen between the cracks of the impossible and the arbitrary. –“In Search of a Metaphysical Rock Star” by Sheri-D Wilson

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a protagonist with an unstable life line.

Journaling Prompt: Without knowing anything about palmistry, how would you describe your life line?

Art Prompt: Life line

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about being stuck in a place between impossible and arbitrary.

Photo Credit: Mary Watkin on Flickr

Tuesday enclave

An enclave is a territory, or a part of a territory, that is entirely surrounded by the territory of another state. Territorial waters have the same sovereign attributes as land, and enclaves may therefore exist within territorial waters…

Enclaves exist for a variety of historical, political and geographical reasons. For example, in the feudal system in Europe, the ownership of feudal domains was often transferred or partitioned, either through purchase and sale or through inheritance, and often such domains were or came to be surrounded by other domains. In particular, this state of affairs persisted into the 19th century in the Holy Roman Empire, and these domains (principalities, etc.) exhibited many of the characteristics of sovereign states. Prior to 1866 Prussia alone consisted of more than 270 discontiguous pieces of territory.

Residing in an enclave within another country has often involved difficulties in such areas as passage rights, importing goods, currency, provision of utilities and health services, and host nation cooperation. Thus, over time enclaves have tended to be eliminated. For example, two-thirds of the then-existing national-level enclaves were extinguished on August 1, 2015, when the governments of India and Bangladesh implemented a Land Boundary Agreement that exchanged 162 first-order enclaves (111 Indian and 51 Bangladeshi). This exchange thus effectively de-enclaved another two dozen second-order enclaves and one third-order enclave, eliminating 197 of the Indo-Bangladesh enclaves in all. The residents in these enclaves had complained of being effectively stateless. Only Bangladesh’s Dahagram–Angarpota enclave remained. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in an enclave where the setting drives the plot.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you felt surrounded on all sides by something (by love, by fear, by obstacles, etc)

Art Prompt: Enclave

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience an historical story involving an enclave.

on the phone

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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sherlock holmes

One of Sherlock Holmes’s defects–if, indeed, one may call it a defect–was that he was exceedingly loath to communicate his full plans to any other person until the instant of their fulfilment. Partly it came no doubt from his own masterful nature, which loved to dominate and surprise those who were around him. Partly also from his professional caution, which urged him never to take any chances. The result, however, was very trying for those who were acting as his agents and assistants. –The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story inspired by Sherlock Holmes.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a boss with an annoying habit.

Art Prompt: Sherlock Holmes

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a mystery story.

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Limo in Times Square

I sat there, squeezed in between two guys on the back bench seat, facing a third man across a spacious length of plush black carpeting. In the interest of personal safety, I made a point of looking straight ahead. I didn’t want to be able to identify the two side kicks. The guy facing me didn’t seem to care if I looked at him or not. All three men were throwing out body heat, absorbed by the silence, which ate up all but the sounds of heavy breathing, largely mine.

The only lights on in the limo were small side bars. The floods from the parking lot were cut by the heavily tinted window, but there was still ample illumination. The atmosphere in the car was tense, as if the gravitational field were somehow different here than in the rest of the world. Maybe it was the overcoats, the conviction that I had that everybody in the car was packing except me. I could feel my heart thumping in my chest and the sick thrill of sweat trickling down my side. Often fear makes me sassy but not this time. I felt excessively respectful. These were men who operated by a system of rules different from mine. Who knew what they’d consider rude or offensive? –K is for Killer by Sue Grafton

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your protagonist is afraid. Describe the scene using internal monologue.

Journaling Prompt: What is the most frightening thing that ever happened to you?

Art Prompt: The smell of fear

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a dramatic story about a time when you feared for your life.

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Titan missile in its silo

On 26 September 1983, the nuclear early warning system of the Soviet Union twice reported the launch of American Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles from bases in the United States. These missile attack warnings were correctly identified as a false alarm by Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov, an officer of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. This decision is seen as having prevented a retaliatory nuclear attack based on erroneous data on the United States and its NATO allies, which would have likely resulted in nuclear war and the deaths of millions of people. Investigation of the satellite warning system later confirmed that the system had malfunctioned. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an alternate history where missiles were actually launched or where no missiles were launched but the Soviet Air Defense Forces believed they were.

Journaling Prompt: How do you find peace in a dangerous world?

Art Prompt: False alarm

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience this story and challenge them to re-evaluate their beliefs about how we ensure peace.

Photo Credit: Todd Lappin on Flickr

Project Focus video "An Age for Justice"

A new global review reveals that elder abuse — which includes psychological, physical, and sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation — is common among community-dwelling older adults and is especially prevalent among minority older adults. Older adults with cognitive and physical impairments or psychosocial distress are also at increased risk of elder abuse.

In North and South American epidemiological studies, the prevalence of elder abuse ranged from about 10% among cognitively intact older adults to 47% in older adults with dementia. In Europe, the prevalence varied from 2% in Ireland to 61% in Croatia. In Asia, the highest prevalence was found among older adults in China (36%), while the lowest was reported among older adults in India (14%). In Africa, the prevalence ranged between 30% and 44% –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about elder abuse.

Journaling Prompt: What is your reaction to this story? Could you imagine yourself as an abuser? As the abused?

Art Prompt: Elder abuse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the problem of elder abuse and give a suggestion as to how our society should address the problem.

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