"Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success."
— Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)
In the comments section below, start an argument in 4 words.
Here's mine: THERE WAS ENOUGH ROOM.
You can choose any topic, doesn't have to be about the Titanic :)
Modern families frequently shift to an old-fashioned tool when it comes to babysitting: family members. My niece asked me to look after her son and the arrangement seemed like a natural fit since I used to watch her and her siblings when I was a teenager.
Parenting is amazing but it isn’t easy. Sleep deprivation, nighttime feeding, crying, teething tantrums, the list goes on. The great Paulo Coelho once said that, “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” That's the joy of parenthood. For the next 5 years at least, nurturing will be a full time job of at least 1 ...
The best stories engage all of the senses. The more senses that are stimulated, the more people will not only relate to your story, but be moved by it.
Music is an art form universally recognized for its mood-altering qualities and it’s ability to effect behavior. Music gives you the opportunity to tell your story in a different way.
This week, turn the last song you listened to into a story. Tag your open letter, "Music".
Write your birthday down the left hand side in this format mm/dd/yyyy and write a poem based on the illustration below, in which each line contains as many words as the number opposite it. For example,
February 25, 1980 is 02/25/1980
Zero "0" is a wild card. You can write as many words as you'd like.
Tag your open letters "birthdaypoem"
Names etched on
the head of a pin.
One name spanning
a bridge, another
undergoing a tunnel.
A blue name needled
into the skin.
Names of citizens,
daughter, the quick son.
Alphabet of names in
a green field.
Names in the small tracks of birds.
Names lifted from a hat
Or balanced on
the tip of the tongue.
into the dim warehouse
So many names, there
is barely room on
the walls of the heart.
By BILLY COLLINS
We love to look at the dark side of human nature most times. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are after all more interesting than chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, forgiveness, kindness, and humility. We don't talk of poor little Bo Beep who lost her sheep, we want to talk of the Big Bad Wolf who preys on little succulent children. It's like when we gossip we don't talk about the good things people do. The more disgusting and bizarre a thing is, the more hoopla there is.
Society up to a certain level constraints us from consuming or destroying one another physically through social devices we have so conveniently invented. Gossip is passive aggression basically...
Writing Prompt | NAME POEM
Write a POEM about a specific topic based on the FIRST LETTER of your NAME. Tag your open letters "poetry" and please don’t forget to comment “done” below so we can read your work. Have fun!
A - Suffocation
B - Having an affair, or discovering your partner is having one
C - Drowning
D - You're in a pitch-black room
E - Any type of abuse
F - The color blue
G - Jealousy
H - The ocean
I - A plane ticket
J - Long distance relationship
K - Driving with the radio on
L - Forgiveness
M - Second chances
N - Letting go
O - Standing at the crossroads
P - An important life choice you've made
Q - Your greatest fear
R - Intimacy
S - Running out of ...
The first step is always the hardest. The next step is easier, but still scary. The edge of the ledge is the struggle — you look down and hear all the reasons why you shouldn't fall. You remember how frail your body is, you remember your bones will be crushed by the impact, you remember gravity and how there's no way you'd go up — you always hit the ground.
The free fall is scary, they say. No one wants to welcome the uncertain with open arms. And somehow, the fear gets bigger, louder and more reasonable. Until the only thing that makes sense is turning around, cutting your losses and staying huddled in the dark corner, ashamed yet relieved because you are safe.
Sometimes, the perso...
“Never give up on a dream
just because of the time
it will take to accomplish it."
our love was built on
emotions that were
devoid of anything real.
now all i'm left with
are the memories of
kisses that you
pretended to feel.
In the comments section below, write a 13 word story based on this illustration.
You and I
will remain in the books.
Some mere piece of history,
a myth —
like all the poetry
of past lovers and
MID YEAR REFLECTION
In the comments section below, list 6 blessings you have received in the first 6 months of 2019.
This one thing is keeping you from making the leap, it’s keeping you from leveling up — it’s not outside of you, even if it’s another person — it’s still ALL YOU.
It has nothing to do with anyone else but you, your decision to move differently.
You know exactly what it is.
When are you going to stop fooling yourself?
See through the illusion and realize you’re the one in control.
If you could travel back in time, when and where would you go and why?
According to the dictionary, Prayer is an act of communication by humans with the sacred or holy. It is an invocation and an integral component of everyday life.
“Prayer is our treasure, to which we draw in accordance with our respective traditions, to ask for the gifts for which humanity years,” Pope Francis said at his general audience at St. Peter’s Square.
In the comments section below, type your prayer. I hope as a community, we can help each other by praying for one another.
In the comments section below, write a 13 WORD STORY based on the illustration.
We walk on a tightrope our whole lives. When it comes to everything: not too much, not too little. We find our center or fall off.
And that's why no one's perfect. People carry things on their shoulders every day, and the best of us can balance them well, but no one balances everything perfectly.
The Story of My Life
If you had to name this chapter in your life, what would you call it?
Use the comments section below.
Funny how some friendships can take you completely by surprise. You create undeniable relationships solidified over the decades then sometimes you create them much later on in life, spawned by an interweaving of a better understanding of who you are as a person and knowing exactly the kind of people you want to take in. You develop a seasoned, instinctive bullshit radar fine-tuned by experience that sifts through the bad, keeps the good, and magnetizes the love.
Hilariously sad that there are people that call each other friends and then take turns pulling each other down whenever one succeeds. Jealousy in friendship is something I never understood. And it's ridiculous - almost cartoonis...