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Wolf Pack

All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel. …Think about it. There’s escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist. –The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving wolves.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about wolves? Should they be reintroduced into wilderness areas or not?

Art Prompt: Wolves

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about why the human psyche is drawn to wolves and stories about wolves.

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Wolves, though now extinct in Ireland, were once numerous; the Irish were said to be plagued by the animals and bred a special type of dog, the Irish Wolfhound, to hunt them. As late as 1650, Coleraine was said to have been attacked by a pack of hungry wolves.[1] The wolf had a long-standing place in Irish culture, and Irish literature throughout the medieval period associated warriors with wolves. They invoked a combination of ferocity, frenzied behaviour, unpredictable and savage animal behaviour, sexual potency and martial prowess.

In the Irish literary mind, wolves were particularly closely linked with the practices of the fianna, warrior bands of landless young men who lived for much of their time in the wilderness and were thought of as living in close proximity to supernatural forces. Warriors were often depicted with canine attributes and shared a common motif of a wild, dishevelled or naked appearance. They were frequently portrayed as wolves, hunting both animals and humans, and may have worn wolf-skins or a lupine hairstyle as part of a ritual transformation. The wolf-warriors or luchthonn (literally “wolf-skins”) were said to “go wolfing” when they carried out raids. Such associations may have given rise to Irish legends of werewolves. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about the fianna.

Journaling Prompt: What animal do you most closely identify with? Why?

Art Prompt: Wolf Warrior

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about our relationship with the wolf, including ancient legends and practices.

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Healthy wolves and healthy women share certain psychic characteristics:keen sensing, playful spirit, and a heightened capacity for devotion. Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mates, and their pack. They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances; they are fiercely stalwart and very brave. –Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a healthy woman as described above as the protagonist.

Journaling Prompt: How are you like a wolf?

Art Prompt: Women and wolves

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the traits that women share with wolves and include a personal story about yourself or a woman that you know.

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This reading surprised me by flipping the idea of dangerous animals into the idea of protectors.

‘Poisonous ‘ plants and creatures can be evoked as protectors, protectors of place. Within a bioregion, they protect the deeper forest and are allies to their ecologies. As allies of human beings, they protect against drowsiness and insensitivity, preventing us from charging through fragile terrain with a heavy foot and blind eye. They teach alertness and respect as we interact with place. They also evoke certain qualities within humans. One can like the jaguar stalk and enjoy the night, blend with the environment and disappear into its body. Protectors teach humans to sing like wolf, to go inside like bear, and to relax like snake. -Joan Halifax, The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom

Writing Prompt: Write a scene showing how danger protects your character.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings toward dangerous plants and animals.

Art Prompt: Dangerous protector

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I grew up among cats. My parents tried dogs, but failed to house train them or break them of chasing cars. Cats are easier. I stuck with cats for years as an adult, but about 8 years ago, a beautiful Catahoula came into my life. Now I have 2, and I’ve never been happier. I like how my dogs care about how I’m feeling and what I’m doing. Here’s a quote from an interesting study on dogs and wolves:

They showed, for the first time that wolves, like domestic dogs, are capable of begging successfully for food by approaching the attentive human. This demonstrates that both species — domesticated and non-domesticated — have the capacity to behave in accordance with a human’s attentional state. In addition, both wolves and pet dogs were able to rapidly improve their performance with practice. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write about a human-wolf or human-dog interaction.

Journaling Prompt: How have pets impacted your life?

Art Prompt: Wolves

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous and/or touching story about one of your pets.

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