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sat ghosts

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. –2001 – A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke

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: Do you believe in ghosts? Have you had any experiences with them?

Art Prompt: Ghosts

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about an experience you had that cannot be explained logically.

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In the Ancient Near East along the Tigris–Euphrates river system there were many shrines and temples or “houses of heaven” dedicated to various deities documented by the Ancient Greek historian Herodotus in The Histories where sacred prostitution was a common practice. It came to an end when the emperor Constantine in the fourth century AD destroyed the goddess temples and replaced them with Christianity. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a sacred prostitute.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings about sex as a sacred act.

Art Prompt: Sacred prostitute

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of the houses of heaven and the women who worked in them.

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The interpretations of Freud are more and more successful because they are among the myths accessible to modern man. The myth of the murdered father, among others, reconstituted and interpreted in Totem and Taboo. It would be impossible to ferret out a single example of slaying the father in primitive religions or mythologies. This myth was created by Freud. And what is more interesting: the intellectual élite accept it (is it because they understand it? Or because it is “true” for modern man?) –Mircea_Eliade – No Souvenirs (1977) later retitled Journal II, 1957-1969 (1989)

Fiction Writing Prompt: Using a sensational news story, create a modern myth.

Journaling Prompt: What myth speaks to your soul? Why?

Art Prompt: Modern Myth

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a modern myth created from something that happened in your family.

Photo Credit: Max Halberstadt

ghost town jail

… Lily, Arizona, had never really been a ghost town because it had never been completely deserted. It had just fallen by the wayside. It had seen good times—when the mines yielded silver and there’d been a hint of gold, as well, and the saloons and merchants had flourished—and it had seen bad times when the mines ran dry. Still, it had the look of either a ghost town or the set of a Western movie. The main street had raised wooden sidewalks and an unpaved dirt street. Muddy when it rained, she was certain, but that was seldom in this area. –The Night Is Watching by Heather Graham

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story that is set in the town described in the reading.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someplace you visited that felt deserted.

Art Prompt: Ghost town

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic or humorous story about a visit to a ghost town.

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The Holy Pool of St. Fillan

At Strathfillan, there is a deep pool, called the Holy Pool, where, in olden times, they were wont to dip insane people. The ceremony was performed after sunset on the first day of the quarter, O. S.,* and before sunrise next morning. The dipped persons were instructed to take three stones from the bottom of the pool, and, walking three times round each of three cairns on the bank, throw a stone into each. They were next conveyed to the ruins of St Fillan’s chapel; and in a corner called St Fillan’s bed, they were laid on their back, and left tied all night. If next morning they were found loose, the cure was deemed perfect, and thanks returned to the saint. The pool is still (1843) visited, not by parishioners, for they have no faith in its virtue, but by people from other and distant places. –The Book of Days: A miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, etc , W & R Chambers

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a miraculous healing at a holy pool.

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe in miracles?

Art Prompt: Miracle

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of a pilgrimage to a holy place.

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Babe Ruth in a Red Sox uniform

The Curse of the Bambino was a superstition evolving from the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series in the 86-year period from 1918 to 2004. While some fans took the curse seriously, most used the expression in a tongue-in-cheek manner. This misfortune began after the Red Sox sold star player Babe Ruth, sometimes called The Bambino, to the New York Yankees in the off-season of 1919–1920. Before that point, the Red Sox had been one of the most successful professional baseball franchises, winning the first World Series and amassing five World Series titles. After the sale they went without a title for decades, even while the Red Sox won four American League championships from 1946 to 1986, as the previously lackluster Yankees became one of the most successful franchises in North American professional sports. The curse became a focal point of the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry over the years. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a sports rivalry.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a superstition that you have that may be holding you back.

Art Prompt: Cursed

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of The Curse of the Bambino.

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The world did not end with a bang, nor did it end with a whimper. It was more of a chomp. And a slurp. –The Complex by J Rudolph

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about the end of the world.

Journaling Prompt: How do you believe the world will end? Do you believe you’ll be around to experience it?

Art Prompt: The End of the World

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a touching story about something that happened that made you feel like your world was coming to an end.

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'Evening On The Estuary' - Dulas, Anglesey

The Great Storm of 1703 arrived from the southwest on 26 November (7 December in today’s calendar). In London, 2,000 chimney stacks collapsed. The New Forest lost 4,000 oaks. Ships were blown hundreds of miles off-course, and over 1,000 seamen died on the Goodwin Sands alone. News-bulletins of casualties and damage were sold all over England – a novelty at that time. The church declared that the storm was God’s vengeance for the sins of the nation. Daniel Defoe thought it was a divine punishment for poor performance against Catholic armies in the War of the Spanish Succession. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a devastating storm.

Journaling Prompt: Why do you think extreme weather happens?

Art Prompt: Storm!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of how man has attributed weather to various causes.

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dead cities

In the 14th century, the Black Death wreaked havoc in Europe. More than a third of the population died during the epidemic. This tiny island close to the Lido is reputedly haunted by the souls of thousands of exiled plague victims who were supposedly buried here.

As in many other places, the official record is somewhat different. Contrary to legend, there is no evidence that the island is home to a secret cemetery containing 160,000 bodies. But that doesn’t stop the story from continuing to be told. –Cursed: Take A Journey to the Scary Side of Geography by Simon Worrall

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story based in Lido during the time of the Black Death.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the scariest place you’ve ever been.

Art Prompt: Graveyard

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about the Black Death and its affect on Europe.

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The Oaks Revisited

Kalpavrikshas are wish-granting trees which fulfill the desires of people in initial stages of worldly cycle as per Jain Cosmology. … There are 10 Kalpavrikshas which grant 10 distinct wishes such as an abode to reside, garments, utensils, nourishment including fruits and sweets, pleasant music, ornaments, fragrant flowers, shining lamps and a radiant light at night. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who visits a Kalpavriksha to make a wish.

Journaling Prompt: If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

Art Prompt: Kalpavriksha

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the lore surrounding Kalpavrikshas and other wishing trees. 

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