Recap of a Writing for Wellness meeting, Ocean Pines, Maryland, 3-9-15

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Home Prompt for 3-9-15. Has a book ever changed your life?

Responses included:

–  “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 eyes are closed- what is she thinking?

Responses included:

– “I’d rather be outside playing a sport…”

– She’s thinking of an upcoming date…

– She’s quietly waiting for her teacher’s comments…

– She’s daydreaming about her next dance recital…

– She’s completely in the moment, the dancer becomes the dance…

– She’s very proud of her performance…

Prompt 2. . It’s March, it’s cold, but people still go out to sit on the beach. Here’s a painting of four women sitting on beach chairs on cold Ocean City Beach. Why are they out there, what are they talking about? What would your story be? Happy, sad, other?

Responses included: 

 – Enjoying the sun, catching up on their lives…

– Friendships hibernate in the winter…

– Our friendship will always be there…

– After his funeral, three close friends stayed, and listened to her…

– They’re alone, but there for each other…

Home Prompt for 3-23-15. Regret, researchers suggest, is second only to love in the emotions we most often feel and reference. Think about regrets, about all the times you’ve said or wondered “if only…”  How have you harnessed those regrets and moved forward differently?  What have you learned?  What has your life taught you about regret?  Write about regret.  Write about “if only.”  See where it takes you.

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The discussion of religion after the 1st prompt responses was very powerful, demonstrating that people of many differing views and beliefs can have a calm, meaningful and interesting conversation. Bravo!

              

 

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