Blog: The Inquiring Mind

Observations on resilience, writing, and life

Exploring your life, one month at a time

This month’s prompt is from My Journal, My Voice, a guided journal I wrote to support Family Shelter Service, a Chicago-area organization that brings crisis help and long-term healing to families contending with domestic abuse. If you are looking for the chance to explore, a little bit at a time, challenges of any kind, the book is available here In journaling, it is important to forget freshman English class and the expectation of red pens and grades. Better to just write with abandon, to tell your story in the freshest way. If you like, revisit it after a week or two and jot down two or three things it helps you know. Don’t worry about length; the tale will be as long or short as it needs

The Sisters’ Writing Club and a writing prompt

Today’s writing prompt comes from a new development in my writing life: The Sisters’ Writing Club. The brainchild of sister-in-law Nan, the club invites all five of us to write a brief piece once a month on the same topic. We share our pieces via email, then respond with delight to each one as it comes up. A recent prompt, “When I was nine…” yielded stories about a cousin ‘s baptism (in a river!) in North Carolina, a birthday visit to the family farm in Illinois, a mean but inspiring teacher in New York, and another teacher who was tormented by unruly students despite (or because of?) her great kindness. (The geographical differences are explained by the fact that none of us are blood sister

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