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A strange appearance, known as the “Scanlan Lights,” is connected with the family of Scanlan of Ballyknockane, Co. Limerick, and is seen frequently at the death of a member. The traditional origin of the lights is connected with a well-known Irish legend, which we give here briefly. Scanlan Mor (died A.D. 640), King of Ossory, from whom the family claim descent, was suspected of disaffection by Aedh mac Ainmire, Ard-Righ of Ireland, who cast him into prison, and loaded him with fetters. When St. Columcille attended the Synod of Drom Ceat, he besought Aedh to free his captive, but the Ard-Righ churlishly refused; whereupon Columcille declared that he should be freed, and that that very night he should unloose his (the Saint’s) brogues. Columcille went away, and that night a bright pillar of fire appeared in the air, and hung over the house where Scanlan was imprisoned. A beam of light darted into the room where he lay, and a voice called to him, bidding him rise, and shake off his fetters. In amazement he did so, and was led out past his guards by an angel. He made his way to Columcille, with whom he was to continue that night, and as the Saint stooped down to unloose his brogues Scanlan anticipated him, as he had prophesied. –St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour, True Irish Ghost Stories

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving supernatural intervention in the events of humans.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about stories like the one above?

Art Prompt: Angel on call

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about St. Columba (Columcille) and his exploits.

Photo Credit: Saint Columba converting the Picts on Wikimedia

effulgence: noun
a brilliant radiance; a shining forth.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What was effulgent in your world today?

Art Prompt: Effulgence

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

Photo Credit: (OvO) on Flickr

Tenebrous Entrance and Moon

tenebrous: adjective
  1. dark; gloomy; obscure.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were afraid of the dark.

Art Prompt: Tenebrous

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

Photo Credit: Jason Matthews on Flickr

candle on the christmas tree

Not only at Christmas are ceremonial “trees” to be found in Germany. In the Erzgebirge there is dancing at the summer solstice round “St. John’s tree,” a pyramid decked with garlands and flowers, and lit up at night by candles. At midsummer “in the towns of the Upper Harz Mountains tall fir-trees, with the bark peeled off their lower trunks, were set up in open places and decked with flowers and eggs, which were painted yellow and red. Round these trees the young folk danced by day and the old folk in the evening”;? while on Dutch ground in Gelderland and Limburg at the beginning of May trees were adorned with lights.? –Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan by Clement A. Miles

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene that involves a ceremonial tree of your own invention or from history.

Journaling Prompt: What do tress mean to you?

Art Prompt: Ceremonial tree

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience something personal about what trees symbolize to you.

Photo Credit: Christoph on Flickr

Blackout New York Hurricane Penthouse Sandy Manhattan City

The lights have gone out before, but they have always come back on. –Combustion Hour by Yoon Ha Lee

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene set during a blackout.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time that the lights went out in your life.

Art Prompt: Blackout

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous or dramatic story about a blackout.

Photo Credit: Michael Tapp on Flickr

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A shadow cast is real, and so’s the caster, though each is of a different order. Cast a shadow complex enough, and one day it will look up. One day it will tear free from the wall to seek the one who gave it form. –Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a shadow that comes alive.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an experience you had with scary shadows when you were a kid. Do shadows ever seem threatening to you now that you are an adult?

Art Prompt: Shadows

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about an experience you had with shadows where they seemed to be alive.

Photo Credit: Riccardo Cuppini on Flickr

Quito by Night

The city sleeps with the lights on. –Frederick Seidel, Nice Weather

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 your favorite spot to watch the lights at night.

Art Prompt: Sleeping city

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about your favorite night view.

Photo Credit: Fernando X. Sanchez on Flickr

Light Walk in October

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Photo by h.koppdelaney on Flickr.

Candles

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Do you have any phobias? Not me. Oh no. I’m just absolutely fine with heights, spiders, and snakes.Oh my!

Fear is a natural mechanism for survival. Some fears — such as of loud noise, sudden movements and heights — appear to be innate. Humans and other mammals also learn from their experiences, which include dangerous or bad situations. This “learned fear” can protect us from dangers.

That fear also can become abnormally enhanced in some cases, sometimes leading to debilitating phobias. About 40 million people in the United States suffer from dysregulated fear and heightened states of anxiety.

“Studies show that light influences learning, memory and anxiety,” Wiltgen said. “We have now shown that light also can modulate conditioned fear responses.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: What is your character afraid of? Write a scene that shows when and how your character developed this fear.

Journaling Prompt: What are you afraid of? Why? When did it start? Describe the scene.

Art Prompt: Fear and Light

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about facing your biggest fear.

Photo Credit: angelocesare on Flickr