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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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Alexanderstraße / Bayreuth

… if parents consider their neighbourhood to be safe, so do their kids. However, kids’ feelings are not drawn from their parents alone. Children see the objective factors in their environment differently from their parents. “Parents consider high-rates of single parent families, a lack of trust amongst neighbours, and the presence of graffiti, rundown buildings and heavy traffic as being indicative of an unsafe environment, while children feel safer than their parents if the streets are better lit and if there is more greenery,” Côté-Lussier explained. She believes this is due to the fact that children are scared of the dark and because vegetation can reduce stress. “Planting trees is not just good for the environment, it also has a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of the population,” she said. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Describe the neighborhood your protagonist grew up in. How does that affect his/her perception of the safety of his world as an adult?

Journaling Prompt: Describe the neighborhood you grew up in and how it made you feel

Art Prompt: Safe neighborhood

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how to create the feeling of safety for children in their neighborhoods.

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Padarn misty sunrise reflection.

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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.

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The Swamp

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tree-climbing, Greenwich Park

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Misty autumn dawn

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Photo by James Jordan.

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