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wed boy and horse

One day, back there in the good old days when I was nine and the world was full of every kind of magnificence, and life was still a delightful and mysterious dream, my cousin Mourad, who was considered crazy by everybody who knew him except me, came to my house at four in the morning and woke me up by tapping on the window of my room.

“Aram,” he said.

I jumped out of bed and looked out the window.

I couldn’t believe what I saw.

It wasn’t morning yet, but it was summer and with daybreak not many minutes around the corner of the world it was light enough for me to know I wasn’t dreaming.

My cousin Mourad was sitting on a beautiful white horse. –“The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse” by William Saroyan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a boy and a horse.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an experience you had with horses.

Art Prompt: Horses

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about an experience you had with a horse.

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chariot

Chariot racing (Greek: ἁρματοδρομία harmatodromia, Latin: ludi circenses) was one of the most popular ancient Greek,Roman, and Byzantine sports. Chariot racing often was dangerous to both driver and horse as they frequently suffered serious injury and even death, but generated strong spectator enthusiasm.
Chariot races could be watched by women, while women were barred from watching many other sports. In the ancient Olympic Games, as well as the other Panathenaic Games, the sport was one of the main events. Each chariot was pulled by four horses.
In the Roman form of chariot racing, teams represented different groups of financial backers and sometimes competed for the services of particularly skilled drivers. These teams became the focus of intense support among spectators, and occasional disturbances broke out between followers of different factions. The conflicts sometimes became politicized, as the sport began to transcend the races themselves and started to affect society overall. This helps explain why Roman and later Byzantine emperors took control of the teams and appointed many officials to oversee them.

The sport faded in importance after the fall of Rome in the West, surviving only for a time in the Byzantine Empire, where the traditional Roman factions continued to play a prominent role for some time, gaining influence in political matters. Their rivalry culminated in the Nika riots, which marked the gradual decline of the sport. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about chariot racing.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about politics in sports? Does it matter to you or not?

Art Prompt: Chariot racing

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of chariot racing and compare to a modern sport involving racing.

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pony express

The Pony Express was a mail service delivering messages, newspapers, mail, and small packages from St. Joseph, Missouri, across the Great Plains, over the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada to Sacramento, California, by horseback, using a series of relay stations.

Officially operating as the Leavenworth and Pike’s Peak Express Company of 1859, in 1860 it became the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company; this firm was founded by William H. Russell, Alexander Majors, and William B. Waddell, all of whom were notable in the freighting business.
During its 19 months of operation, it reduced the time for messages to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to about 10 days. From April 3, 1860 to October 1861, it became the West’s most direct means of east–west communication before the telegraph was established and was vital for tying the new state of California with the rest of the United States. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving the Pony Express.

Journaling Prompt: What do you depend on for your news? 

Art Prompt: Pony Express

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the history of the Pony Express.

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Refuge rue de Sèze 1877

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Two equestrian riders, girls on horseback, in low tide reflections on serene Morro Strand State Beach

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