Mary is a survivor of three cancer operations and chemotherapy. She and and her husband had booked a trip to South Africa for next winter, but were considering backing out before it was too late. The trip would be expensive, strenuous and scary, especially in light of mandated six month CT scans and a problematic mammogram.
Then Mary received the Home Prompt for our next meeting. It asked members to read an excerpt from Judy Rohm’s poem, “A Lesson”, then comment on it.
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That was the Home Prompt at our last meeting. Most of the responses were what you’d expect- a serious reflection on dealing with physical and emotional problems. Successes and failures, happy and sad, from abuse to cancer, from grief to acceptance of “what is”, the stories just poured out.
And then came Kathie’s poem. I wish you could have heard the laughing, laughing that increased with each succeeding stanza. Crying and laughing, sorrow and joy, a wondrous mix that helps our [ … ]
If your Writing for Wellness group is an ongoing one (ours is about five years old) coming up with fresh prompts can pose a problem. Newer members wouldn’t notice if some prompts are repeated, but I like to keep them shiny and new for those original members still with us.
One option is to draw from real life situations, either from the daily newspapers or from our members’ own lives (always with their permission). Seldom are these personal stories, when used [ … ]
Did you ever use a prompt that elicited a powerful response from each and every participant? Did you ever spend the entire meeting reading and discussing the written responses to just one prompt, the homework assignment? I did, this week, leaving no time for any in-class writing exercises, usually one or two prompts.
It was a very simple request- write about your regrets.
Wow! The twelve participants used over ninety minutes for everyone to read to the group, then get feedback-words of [ … ]
Home Prompt for 3-9-15. Has a book ever changed your life?
– “Fire in the Soul”, tenets of all religions are the same…
– “The White Heron”, short story of the soul versus desires…
– “Terminal Man”, read Bible cover to cover…
– “The Mature Mind”, a religious conversion, but in reverse…
– “House of Seven Gables” and Zane Grey westerns were responsible for two member’s lifelong love of reading…
Prompt 1. Look at this statue by Edgar Degas (1834-1917), “The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer. Her [ … ]