On Beauty

On Beauty   “Beauty is a form of Genius.” -Oscar Wilde   “The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.” -Havelock Ellis   How would you describe your personal experience with beauty? What is the true essence of beauty? Try to set aside the falsehoods of how our society expects us to perform beauty. Or respond.

Embiggen Your Soul

Embiggen Your Soul   “Little triumphs are the pennies of self-esteem.” -Florence King   “Do not despise your inner world.” -Martha Nussbaum   “Be proud of your body and the bodies of others.” -William T. Vollmann   “Tragedy isn’t getting something or failing to get it, it’s losing something you already have.” -Euripedes  

The Value of Travel

  The Value of Travel     “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.” –Lao Tzu     Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. -Mark Twain     “We wish to learn all the curious, outlandish ways of all the different countries, so that we can 'show off' and astonish people when we get home. We wish to excite the envy of our untraveled friends with our strange foreign fashions which we can't shake off. All our passengers are paying strict attention to this thing, with the end in view which I have mentioned. The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become, until he goes abroad.” -Mark Twain (from Innocents Abroad)  

Poetry as Emotion + Thought yielding Speech

Poetry as Emotion + Thought yielding Speech   “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” -Robert  Frost   “You can’t talk about an emotion, you can only describe what you see while in that emotion” -Allen Ginsberg (1981 lecture)  

The Illusion of Chaos

The Illusion of Chaos   “Chaos, like order, is in art a concertedly crafted illusion.” -James Longenbach (The Virtues of Poetry)

Prompt: Pocket Inspiration

Prompt: Carry a gemstone around for a week.  Write about how the meaning of it evolved. Try this with a Tarot card.

Prompt: Fall in love

~ Use the "Fall in love" questions as a prompt ~    Fall in love.   Set 1 1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? 2. Would you like to be famous? In what way? 3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why? 4. What would constitute a "perfect" day for you? 5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else? 6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want? 7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die? 8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common. 9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful? 10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be? 11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible. 12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one qualit