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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) reported on January 18, 2017 that electricity blackouts from an extreme space weather event – generated by a super-storm on the sun – could cost the U.S. up to $40 billion daily, or more. The AGU journal Space Weather published a new study on this subject, which indicates that more than half the financial loss would happen outside the blackout zone. –$40 billion a day for solar super-storms by Deborah Byrd

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a day when all the electricity goes out due to a solar storm.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react to the loss of electricity?

Art Prompt: Solar storm

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the dangers of an extreme space weather event.

Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Flickr

What’s happening in Siberia’s thawing permafrost and Greenland’s melting glaciers sounds borderline supernatural. Ancient viruses, bacteria, plants, and even animals have been cryogenically frozen there for millennia—and now, they are waking up. –After Thousands of Years, Earth’s Frozen Life Forms Are Waking Up by Maddie Stone

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an ancient virus set free by the melting ice.

Journaling Prompt: What do you think will be the worst thing that happens as the ice melts?

Art Prompt: Global warming

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about global warming and what you believe about it.

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spring

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Photo Credit: Bernhard Friess on Flickr

thurs thunder storm

A spectacular thunderstorm raged like battling dragons outside. We didn’t even try to sleep. We sat in the kitchen across from each other, hands cradling mugs of hot chocolate. Rick had put marshmallows in it, and whipped cream, and just enough cinnamon to give off a delicious scent –Mom and Dad at the Homefront by Sherwood Smith

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a family waiting out a storm.

Journaling Prompt: What does your family do when the lights go out during a storm?

Art Prompt: Hot cocoa

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a dramatic story about a storm you survived with your family.

Photo Credit: Saša Mutić on Flickr

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The Jeannette Expedition of 1879–81, officially the U.S. Arctic Expedition, was an attempt led by George W. De Long to reach the North Pole by pioneering a route from the Pacific Ocean through the Bering Strait. The premise was that a temperate current, the Kuro Siwo, flowed northwards into the strait, providing a gateway to an Open Polar Sea and thus to the pole. This theory proved illusory; the expedition’s ship, USS Jeannette, was trapped by ice and drifted for nearly two years before she was crushed and sunk, north of the Siberian coast. De Long then led his men on a perilous journey by boat and sled to the Lena Delta. During this journey, and in the subsequent weeks of wandering in the Arctic wastes before rescue, more than half the ship’s complement died, including De Long. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an arctic expedition gone wrong.

Journaling Prompt: If you had unlimited resources and time, where would you like to explore?

Art Prompt: Arctic exploration

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience of the Jeannette Expedition.

tuesday summer rain

Luna anticipated the cold dollops of summer rain, the torrents of water running in the washes, and the scent of the creosote bushes after the storm. She loved to be inside when the giant cloud beings grumbled and heaved their lightening swords onto the earth. –THRESHOLD – A Sky Island Story by Susan Feathers

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene set during a summer thunderstorm.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about thunderstorms?

Art Prompt: Summer Thunderstorm

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about something that happened during a thunderstorm.

Photo Credit: Holly Lay on Flickr

ship in fog

Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in, and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? –Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, poem, or haiku about being surrounded by fog.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how fog makes you feel.

Art Prompt: Fog

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or dramatic story involving fog.

Photo Credit: In Transit on Flickr

friday boreas

Boreas proper noun
(Greek mythology) The god of the North Wind.
(poetic) The north wind personified.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about the winter winds and how you feel about them.

Art Prompt: Boreas

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

Photo Credit: violscraper on Flickr

dewey hill

I stood tip-toe upon a little hill,
The air was cooling, and so very still,
That the sweet buds which with a modest pride
Pull droopingly, in slanting curve aside,
Their scantly leaved, and finely tapering stems,
Had not yet lost those starry diadems
Caught from the early sobbing of the morn.
I Stood Tiptoe by John Keats

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story that begins on the little hill described above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the joys of an early morning walk.

Art Prompt: Early morning walk

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Share a story about an early morning walk. Describe your surroundings in a way that appeals to all the senses.

Photo Credit: USDA NRCS South Dakota on Flickr

noseburn_from_hell

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Photo Credit: Big Happy Fun House