Use This Line For A Creativity Prompt

Use This Line For A Creativity Prompt

I love the movie The Hunt For Red October.  A young Alec Baldwin played Jack Ryan and Sean Connery as the defecting Russian sub Commander.  Tense sea battles, a satisfying ending, and a line that sticks in my head.  “You arrogant ass.  You’ve killed...
I Was Never Kinder To The Old Man

I Was Never Kinder To The Old Man

The 19th is a special number for me. Important things happen on that day. One August (1991) it was when I was hired at a company that I worked at for 25 years. In May it was both a day that I quit smoking (2002) and got married (2011.) In January it was the birth of...
It’s All In The Family

It’s All In The Family

47 years ago today All In The Family debuted on television.  It was 1971.  I was 10 years old.  I remember being shocked even as I was laughing at the show.  It was so controversial at the time.  Here was the main character, Archie Bunker,  who showed the worst of...
It Would Be The Last Time

It Would Be The Last Time

This is an old creativity prompt.  I might have gotten from Writer’s Digest or somewhere else back in the day.  The prompt was to just write as many lines as possible that started with “The last time…”  I changed it up a little bit and added to...
Why Is That Teddy In The Corner?

Why Is That Teddy In The Corner?

Christmas reminds me of children’s toys.  The church I used to go to would hold a Christmas Bazaar every December.  One of the parishioners would collect used toys.  He would fix them and clean them up and resell them at the Bazaar and then donate the money to...
The Delight In Lighting Up Christmas

The Delight In Lighting Up Christmas

Remember when the day after Thanksgiving didn’t mean Black Friday sales?  Remember when the day after Thanksgiving meant waiting for Santa to arrive and the delight in lighting up Christmas?  Santa would turn the key that lit up the tree and all the lights in...
Suddenly There Was A Ring At The Door

Suddenly There Was A Ring At The Door

Once there was a little girl called Sophie. She was having tea with her mummy in the kitchen. Suddenly there was a ring at the door. Sophie’s mummy said, “I wonder who that could be?” The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr I love opening lines in books,...
Why Should I Love This Typewriter?

Why Should I Love This Typewriter?

Why Should I love this typewriter?  Because it’s mysterious.  Because I know it well.  Because it was just randomly sitting in a corner in the Palacio de la Artesania in Havana, Cuba.  Upon seeing it, my mind immediately jumped to Hemingway, but this...
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