Tuesday, March 30, 2010

WordPlay! WriteNet Week 11

Last night there was an incredible full moon. Every month, the full moon signals a time of fertility, ripeness, energy ready to burst forth and enlighten, change, heal. The full moon after the Vernal Equinox is also the determinant of two of the world's most significant religious holidays: Passover and Easter.

Even as a child, I was struck by the connections between these two events, choosing to discuss them in my first sermon as a junior minister on Palm Sunday. I have always been mindful of the traditions associated with the Passover Seder, which was the Last Supper. Both Jewish and African-American history contain periods of cultural adversity that ultimately forged a strong people.

Although American society reshapes such powerful and emotional occasions into Halmark moments and retail frenzy (Easter baskets and candy), there is still a compelling beauty and power in the true meaning and values of Easter and Passover. The equinox, when night and day are of equal length, is a perfect time to bring one's life into balance. My writing this week will evolve from my thoughts of Spring and the equinox.

Writing Exercises

External Exercises
(Detailed Instructions are in prior posts.)

1. Observation Exercise
2. Reading Report
3. Writing Journal
4. Sensory Details

Weekly Exercises March 29, 2010

1. Describe a holiday meal in detail. Be sure to include the various items, how they were prepared, who was present at the meal.
2. Tell a story that members of your family repeated on a regular basis. Start with the line, "I remember the time..."
3. If you could travel to one place in the world that has powerful meaning for you, where would you go? Be sure to give a full description of the place as well as its importance.
4. What book has had the most impact on your life (and why)?

There is no wrong way to do it: just WRITE!

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