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The Statue of Liberty was unveiled at a ceremony attended by Presi­dent Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. The New York Herald de­scribed the scene: ‘Amid the uproar and excitement that succeeded the consecration of the statue, there glided through the Narrows a huge steamship crowded with European immigrants. From her decks the eyes of the strangers were fixed upon the wonderful drama in progress before them. The cannon smoke and vapor rolled up, and ringed in a huge, fire-fringed semicircle, they saw before them the mighty figure of Liberty. Imagination can only conceive of what to their tired eyes, weary with the hardships, the hopelessness and the cruelties of the Old World, this ap­parition must have conveyed. -Michael Lind, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a character coming into the US who sees the Statue of Liberty before making landfall.

Journaling Prompt: What does liberty mean to you?

Art Prompt: Statue of Liberty

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about liberty and how the meaning has shifted over time.

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Ask a few of your friends what animal would they like to be, and many of them will pick an animal that can fly. 
Wings have always been the symbol or attribute of volition, of mind, or of the spirit or air. -John Vinycomb, Fictitious And Symbolic Creatures In Art

Writing Prompt: Create a character who wants to fly and write a story or poem about him or her.

Journaling Prompt: What animal would you like to be and why?

Art Prompt: Wings

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of man’s quest for flight.

Photo Credit: Ken Slade on Flickr


When I read this story, I was shocked. I have no idea how these people ever sleep!

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the very archetype of a “closed society.” It ranks dead last—196th out of 196 countries—in Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press index. Unlike the citizens of, say, Tunisia or Egypt, to name two countries whose populations recently tapped the power of social media to help upend the existing political order, few North Koreans have access to Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube. In fact, except for a tiny elite, the DPRK’s 25 million inhabitants are not connected to the Internet. Televisions are set to receive only government stations. International radio signals are routinely jammed, and electricity is unreliable. Freestanding radios are illegal. But every North Korean household and business is outfitted with a government-controlled radio hardwired to a central station. The speaker comes with a volume control, but no off switch. In a new media age awash in universally shared information—an age of planet-wide instant messaging and texted manifestos—the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea remains a stubborn holdout, a regime almost totally in control of its national narrative. –North Korea’s Digital Underground by Robert S. Boynton (The Atlantic, April 2011)

Writing Prompt: Put your character in a situation where the radio never turns off. What is on the radio? What is your character’s reaction? How does your character cope?

Journaling Prompt: What media outlet do you wish you could turn off forever and why?

Art Prompt: Propaganda

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