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Prompt Jar: Week of April 10 – First Lines

April is National Poetry Month, and all of this week’s prompts are first lines from poems that appear on the Library of Congress’ brilliant Poetry 180 website. This was the project US Poet Laureate Billy Collins took on for his 2001-2003 tenure. He

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Prompt Jar: Week of March 12 – Caring for my Body

At my last doctor’s appointment three months ago, my blood work came back showing elevated numbers and I was told that I needed to watch that to prevent diabetes. I was also told it was my time to schedule a colonoscopy. This news bothered me so

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Prompt Jar: Week of January 23 – Holy Outrage

How is the human spirit called to respond within this age of shifting paradigms and transformation? Is there a creative invitation within the chaos? Join us this Thursday, 1/26, at 2 MT, on LIVE! with Kay, as Sibyl Dana Reynolds discusses her passion of providing nurturance for the feminine sacred

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Prompt Jar: Rules of Improv

I’ve been a fan of improv theater since my son joined his high school troupe a few years ago. Around that same time, I listened to Tina Fey’s book titled Bossypants where she outlined her rules of improvisation. Those rules are the muse for these prompts. Read the preceding excerpts

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Prompt Jar: Thanking our Veterans

When I was in my 20’s, I had a corporate communications job at an airline based out of Phoenix. A pilot at the airline, who was a Vietnam veteran, came up with the idea to fly 50 local vets –at no cost to them– to Washington D.C., to participate in

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Prompt Jar: PostSecret

In 2005, Frank Warren started an experiment by distributing postcards asking people to anonymously share their secrets with him. His experiment grew into a popular blog website called PostSecret. Every Sunday selected secrets that have been mailed anonymously to Warren on a homemade postcard are

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Prompt Jar: The Human Family Commercial

  Have you seen the iPhone commercial with the voice-over by the late Maya Angelou reciting her poem The Human Family? The combination of her distinctive voice, words, beautiful images and the music stops me dead in my tracks when it comes on the TV.  It’s the muse for this week’s prompt jar:

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The Prompt Jar: Banned Book Week and the First Amendment

Yes, people still try to ban books and honestly, it makes me mad and laugh at the same time. Banned Books Week is an annual campaign, held the last week of September, and hosted by the good folks at the American Library Association.  The campaign is designed to build awareness

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Prompt Jar, Week of September 12 – Giving Sorrow Words

This week’s prompts arose from  Giving Sorrow Words: Poems of Strength and Solace, edited by Karen vanMeenen and Charles Rossiter, with a preface from our own Kay Adams.  It was compiled, produced, and distributed free of charge by the National Association for Poetry Therapy (Kay was president at the time) to

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Prompt Jar, Week of August 29: Back to School

This week’s Prompt Jar is provided by Journalverse manager Lynn Southard. It’s that time of year when “Back to School” ads fill the flyers, along with hints of cool fall breezes during dusk and dawn. It’s an annual tradition for my family to do a weekend get-a-way right before school

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