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Samantha Reed Smith (June 29, 1972 – August 25, 1985) was an American schoolgirl, peace activist and child actress from Manchester, Maine, who became famous in the Cold War era United States and Soviet Union. In 1982, Smith wrote a letter to the newly appointed CPSU General Secretary Yuri Andropov and received a personal reply with a personal invitation to visit the Soviet Union, which she accepted.

Smith attracted extensive media attention in both countries as a “Goodwill Ambassador” and became known as “America’s Youngest Ambassador” participating in peacemaking activities in Japan.[1] She wrote a book about her visit to the Soviet Union and co-starred in the television series Lime Street, before her death at the age of 13 in the Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808 plane crash. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Tell the story of a remarkable child.

Journaling Prompt: What did you do as a kid that you are still proud of?

Art Prompt: Peace

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Samantha Smith and draw some lessons that we can learn from her.

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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.

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Just before the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, a report went out to people at the highest levels of power. It predicted an arms race, a policy of mutually assured destruction, and it recommended that we keep the bomb secret. What if we had? –Esther Inglis-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a world where we kept the bomb secret.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about war – is it necessary?

Art Prompt: The world without the Bomb

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Read the entire article and craft an article / speech about the decision to drop the bomb.

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From the Oxford Dictionary of English, this week’s word:
ahimsa n. [mass noun] (in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist tradition) respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others. Sanskrit, from a ‘non-, without’ + hisā ‘violence’.
Writing Prompt: Create a world where the practice of ahimsa is part of the foundation of society. What is different about that world than ours?

Journaling Prompt: In what ways do you practice ahimsa? In what ways do you not practice ahimsa?

Art Prompt: Ahimsa

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