618. “What Would You Risk Your Life For?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   618. “What Would You Risk Your Life For?”   In Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis writes that there are two ways to live: as if every moment were your first, or as if at […]

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609. “How Green Are You?”

(Image from Miniature Photography)   In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   613. “How Green Are You?”   Yesterday we lost a plant. His friend the Golden Devil and I mourned with our fingers in the soil. Dolefully we entered a […]

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589. “What’s Your Sunday Routine?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   589. “What’s Your Sunday Routine?”   Sundays are holy. Sundays are sacred. Sundays are my favorite days.   Friends call me disciplined. My family talks about my routines. But to me, I just find […]

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526. “Do You Like to Exercise?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   526. “Do You Like to Exercise?”   “Yo, bro, can we work in a set with you?”   “Yuh, jus give me a sec.”   We’re in the downtown YMCA stepping down from the […]

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513. “What’s Your Favorite T-Shirt?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   513. “What’s Your Favorite T-Shirt?”   Ode to my favorite shirt: “Follow me to EL COSMICO,” it says, and features some Hindu divinities (Vishnu with a pair of Laxmis). They ride an orange and […]

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502. “How Has Travel Affected You?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   502. “How Has Travel Affected You?”   Out past my window I see the World Trade Center tower, red brick warehouses, and two stacks of smoke, a New York City skyline glowing gray and […]

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483. “Does Being a Fan Help Define Who You Are?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   483. “Does Being a Fan Help Define Who You Are?”   “No se cambia la camiseta.”   My uncle taught me that you can’t change your jersey. Sometimes you pick it, sometimes you are […]

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471. “Have You Ever Been In Love?”

(Blurry, soft image taken as a screen shot from Disclosure — “You & Me” Flume Remix video on Youtube)   In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   471. “Have You Ever Been In Love?”   What am I going to say, […]

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461. “Do You Have a Best Friend?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   461. “Do You Have a Best Friend?”   If I could, I would make an edifice to friendship: a big round stone carved like an emoji, with a hundred different faces, each of the […]

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451. “What Have You Made Yourself?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   2:31 PM. Brooklyn cafe, big windows. Lots of sunlight, rain and snow flakes. A friend of mine commented on a guy she likes and said he only concerns himself with his work. “I want […]

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403. “What Would You Like To Have Memorized?”

(Feature photo: “The Guidonian Hand,” a mnemonic device to aid the learning of sight singing; a precursor of Tonic Sol-fa; devised by the Guido di Arezzo.) In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   403. “What Would You Like To Have Memorized?” […]

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Language and Speech Questions 353-370

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   353. “What Words Do You Hate?”   The Cambridge University Press textbook we use to teach English to intermediate students has a list of the top 500 most used words in the English language. […]

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