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June 16, 2020
 


We are creatures of habit. We stick to our daily routine yet sometimes things don’t end up the way we intend them to. No matter how carefully we plan everything, life still gets in the way. But as the resilient beings that we are, we adjust, we adapt and we compromise. We move forward carrying this heavy load, and then we thrive.

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STRONG PEOPLE
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June 15, 2020
 

WEEKLY CHALLENGE
lettrs Debate

TOPIC: Is social media ruining society?

In 2019, an estimated 2.95 billion people were using social media worldwide, a number projected to increase to almost 3.43 billion in 2023. Reports continue to surface on the link between social media and feelings of loneliness, depression, jealousy and anxiety. With this, the question on everyone’s lips is whether social media is bad for us. Has it impacted our humanity negatively? Irreversibly?

This week, think about the effects of social media - positive or negative. Write an argument in the comments section below and let other users challenge your statement or make a rebuttal.

LINE MODE
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June 14, 2020
 










You.
Me.
Never US.
Never WE.

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June 14, 2020
 


You're a story,
I'll never forget.

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April 23, 2020
 

#StayHome

HELP STOP THE SPREAD

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DO RIGHT
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January 27, 2020
 

"Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success."

— Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)

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WUT
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December 1, 2019
 

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 :)

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CHISME
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November 10, 2019
 

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 ...

LIVE AND LEARN
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October 21, 2019
 

WRITING PROMPT

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".

MUSIC IS POETRY
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October 7, 2019
 

Writing Prompt
BIRTHDAY POEM

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

0
2
2
5
1
9
8
0

Zero "0" is a wild card. You can write as many words as you'd like.

Tag your open letters "birthdaypoem"

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MADE WITH LOVE
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September 11, 2019
 

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,
workers, mothers,
and fathers,
The bright-eyed
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.
Names wheeled
into the dim warehouse
of memory.
So many names, there
is barely room on
the walls of the heart.

THE NAMES
By BILLY COLLINS

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#REBUILD PATRIOT'S DAY
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September 8, 2019
 

CAPTION THIS in two sentences. Use the comments section below

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September 5, 2019
 


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...

SIMPLICITY DAY
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September 2, 2019
 

What are you searching for?

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QUESTION
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August 25, 2019
 


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 ...

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August 16, 2019
 

What is your favorite quote from any movie?

Use the comments section below

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QUOTE
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August 17, 2019
 


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...

JUST LOVE
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August 1, 2019
 

“Never give up on a dream
just because of the time
it will take to accomplish it."

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STAY PATIENT, TRUST YOUR JOURNEY
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July 30, 2019
 

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.

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HURT
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July 28, 2019
 

In the comments section below, write a 13 word story based on this illustration.

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STARS
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July 16, 2019
 

You and I
will remain in the books.
Some mere piece of history,
a myth —
like all the poetry
of past lovers and
near destinies.

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200TH SKYLARK CHALLENGE
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July 8, 2019
 

What is one TV show that you will literally never get sick of?

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ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS
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July 4, 2019
 

you’ve gone through
hell to get here

give yourself credit
for not giving up

STRONG PEOPLE
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July 1, 2019
 

MID YEAR REFLECTION

In the comments section below, list 6 blessings you have received in the first 6 months of 2019.

EVERY DAY IS A GIFT
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June 27, 2019
 

it is easy
to be critical,
it is far more difficult
to be appreciative.

LIVE AND LEARN
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June 27, 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.

It’s time.

LET GO.

SIMPLICITY DAY
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June 23, 2019
 

If you could travel back in time, when and where would you go and why?

Comment below.

RAILROADS
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June 16, 2019
 

HOW DO YOU EXPRESS YOUR LOVE FOR OTHERS?

Comment below.

SHOW LOVE
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