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I’ve heard it said that everything you need to know about life can be learned from watching baseball. –Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

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 have you learned from watching baseball?

Art Prompt: Baseball

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a life lesson  you learned from watching baseball.

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The Ouija board debuted in 1890 and it was the next in a long line of devices that had been invented to allow people to communicate with spirits. These weren’t intended to be pretend; they were deadly serious…
These were religious tools used with serious intentions. Entrepreneurs, however, saw things differently. They began marketing them as games and they were a huge hit.
Mediums resented this, so they kept innovating new and more legitimate-seeming ways of communicating. In addition, the planchette scribbles were often difficult to read. The idea of using an actual alphabet emerged and various devices were invented to allow spirits to point directly to letters and other answers.
In the 1920s, mediums came under attack from people determined to prove that they were liars. Houdini is the most famous of the anti-spiritualists and Hodge argues that he “ravaged spiritualism.”… Most mediums ended up humiliated and penniless.
“But the Ouija,” Hodge says, “just came along at the right time.” It was a hit with laypeople, surviving the attacks against spiritualists. And, so, the Ouija board is one of the only widely recognized artifacts of this time. –Lisa Wade

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving an Ouija board.

Journaling Prompt: Did you ever play with an Ouija board? What was the experience like?

Art Prompt: Ouija board

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or dramatic story about trying to talk to the dead.

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Blue Gold Game 2013 - University of Notre Dame

Games are like any unscripted situation in which no one knows the results until they occur. Although this is what makes sports (and reality shows) so exciting, it’s also what drives fans to distraction. They want to know the outcome, and they want that outcome to be favorable. They also know realistically that they can’t control it, though, and this is the crux of the superstition. If I can’t actually influence an event’s outcome, but I think I can (through my superstition), I’ll at least feel a little bit less anxious.
For many people, not having control over an outcome is a frightening proposition. For these uncontrollable situations in life, the more important it is, the more likely you will be to try to dream up ways to control its outcome even though it may be unrealistic for you to do so. –Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Put your protagonist in a situation where he or she has no control over the outcome. Show  us the internal monologue, especially the magical thinking.

Journaling Prompt: What are your rituals in situations where you have no control over the outcome?

Art Prompt: Superstitions in times of no control

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about the superstitions and rituals that influence you on game day.

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Aspects of Amman Valley life before the Urdd Eisteddfod was held there in 1949

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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Hide and go seek!

“Twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine—thirty.” Pippa took in a deep breath and yelled as loud as her six-year-old lungs would allow. “Ready or not, here I come!” Anthony Eglin, Garden of Secrets Past

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene beginning with the First Line of the Week.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your memories of childhood friends and the games you played.

Art Prompt: Hide and Go Seek

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the lessons you learned from the games of your childhood.

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