Do You Have A Safe Haven?

Everyone needs a safe place, or safe haven, they can go to when they need to catch their breath and find a few moments refuge from the stresses that come from outside or within. For me, such a place has always been the public library which I would retreat to as a boy to get away from the turmoil of an unhappy home. I was always happiest among the book shelves. Other times my safe haven has been my kitchen table where I write my books or read my beloved books. Sometimes, it is a quiet corner in a museum.
Share with us: Where do you find your safe havens — what places or people do you retreat to in search of peace and safety?

Writing About Hope, Eternal Hope

When I read that the ivory-billed woodpecker, once thought to be extinct, had been seen in Arkansas, I thought of the words in a beautiful poem by American poet Emily Dickinson in which she wrote:”Hope is the thing with feathers. — that perches in the soul…”
Share with us: How does ”hope” look to you? What are the things that give you hope? What are some of your own hopes?
Write about them and remember what you write so you won’t ever forget hope, no matter what life brings to you.

Please Send Us Your Thoughts for A New Book

Dear readers,
I am now working on a book of comfort, to help people as they age, as they deal with different health and life issues, and to encourage them to find as much joy as possible in their precious lives.
If I were to hand you such a book of comfort and hope, what kinds of things would you like to find in it? Good thoughts? Prayers? Nuggets of Hope? Humor? Writing prompts to elicit happy memories? Something more? What do you need? Perhaps you can ask this question, too, of elders in your own life, such as your parents or grandparents — they may have some reach ideas about what they need which you can share with me.
I would welcome your ideas which would be helpful to me as I work on this important project. You can send your ideas to billz@makebeliefscomix.com or to this page.
In the past I have written other books of hope, such as LifeLines: A Book of Hope and MakeBeliefs: A Gift for Your Imagination, both of which can be found at www.billztreasurechest.com.

But I am older now than when I wrote these, and I am seeking to do something richer to go with wise aging. I truly welcome your thoughts. Please write.
Sincerely,
Bill Zimmerman

Create Your Own Secret Library

A group of people in Syria who love books are worried that the war’s bombs and fires will destroy the books in their ruined homes. They wrap them in blankets just as they would victims of the war ranging around them. They bring them into the basement of a building and set up a library. This new underground book collection surrounded by sandbags functions, as one user puts it, as an ”oasis of normality in this sea of destruction.” A 14 year-old boy named Amjad appoints himself as chief librarian and writes down the names of people who borrow books and returns to his seat to continue reading. He tells his friends, ”You don’t have TV now anyway, so why not come here and educate yourself? It’s fun.”

Write about Amjad and the people who come visit the library. Write about how they overcome their fears, the books they read, what they learn, what their lives are all about. Write about their courage and their hunger to learn from books. Imagine yourself being a member of this wonderful community.

This is a true story: You can read more about Amjad and his community in a new book, ”Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege,” by Mike Thomson at: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=syria%27s+secret+library+reading+and+redemption+in+a+town+under+siege&i=stripbooks&crid=QNXP36K6VG3N&sprefix=syria%27s+sec%2Caps%2C130&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_11

Write your own inspiring story about what this community did to save their books.

What’s Your Best Ghost Story?

You know it’s that time of year you love when you’re planning what kind of costume to wear at Halloween, what kind of treats you’re hoping for so that you don’t do mischievious deeds. You’re looking forward to the time when you’ll gather with your friends and begin to weave together a ghost or scary story with ghoulish details that will set you on edge. Here are a few openers to help you imagine your own story:

.There was a loud knock on the door this rainy,dark night and when you opened the door you saw…

.At night, shuddering in his bed, the boy heard some creaks on the stairs that led to his room; suddenly the door opened and a bloody hand reached out…

.”I’ve come to take your life” was the message on the girl’s cell phone, causing her to drop the device. What had she done to deserve such a message?

.Their mother and father sat them down on the soft and the children heard the words, ”We never told you this before, but years ago…”

Have fun; be scary or silly. Just enjoy the act of creating something special from your imagination. Trust in your ability.

Use These Five Words to Write A Story

Great writing idea from 100 Word Challenge, a writing prompts site at https://100wc.net/:

We have 5 words for you this week. They all have to be included in your writing but can be in any order. They are:

Bicycle Desperate Yellow Warned Greedily

Can you create a 100-word story or paragraph using all the words and making them as interesting as possible to wow your friends? Please try. You can do this exercise, too, with any other words of your own choosing that interest you. Go to it and have fun!