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Archive for December, 2015

Room At The Inn

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 22, 2015


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“Room At The Inn” by Linda Martin Andersen

“Poverty’s Price,” is an outstanding recent series of articles by Greg Barnes of “The Fayetteville Observer.”  http://www.fayobserver.com/special/poverty/

This is a season of generosity.  Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting Operation Inasmuch in Fayetteville, NC where homeless are family.  This newsletter celebrates the organization’s plan to expand services.  A shelter will be built.

http://www.faoiam.org/

 

Operation Inasmuch in Fayetteville, NC. Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

Operation Inasmuch in Fayetteville, NC. Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

As this calendar year ends, let’s celebrate our blessings and extend a hand to others.  May this season of generosity be lived and celebrated every day.

Will your calendar reflect participation in projects that touch your heart?  Have a family meeting and discuss how you can make a difference for others.

Writing Prompt:  Consider writing about “Room at the Inn” or about a time you helped someone or someone helped you.

Happy Holidays!  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please leave a comment.  If you are 13 or under, please ask an adult to comment for you.   For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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A Letter to A Literary Agent–From a Dog’s Point of View

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 15, 2015


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“A Letter to A Literary Agent–From a Dog’s Point of View” by Linda Martin Andersen

This is the season for writing letters to Santa.  At this point in my writing career, it’s also the season to write letters to agents and publishers.  So, just for fun, and to help reduce stress while I wait for responses, I decided to write a letter to a fictitious literary agent from a dog’s point of view No, it won’t get mailed; however, it is available here if anyone would like to contact Bow-wow about representation.  😉 Gotta give me credit for trying.

Here’s a letter written from Bow-wow’s point of view:

Copyright 2015.Linda Martin Andersen. Poster at Quozio.com

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen. Poster at Quozio.com

Recently, I began following blogs written from a dog’s point of view.  I decided to give it a try myself.  How about you?  Have you ever written from a dog’s point of view?  Maybe you’d prefer to write something from a reindeer’s point of view, in honor of the season.  Try it.  It’s fun.

When I’m nervous, I often choose to write something humorous.  Exercise also helps me deal with stress.  What about you?

Thanks to my friend, Tracy Campbell http://www.tracycampbell.net/shop.html for insights with this post.  Check out her website to get to know her and her pet’s point of view.

Happy Holidays!  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please leave a comment.  If you are 13 or under, please ask an adult to comment for you.   For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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A Gift for You–To be Encouraged…

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 3, 2015


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“A Gift for You–To Be Encouraged…” by Linda Martin Andersen

Love quotes?  Try writing your own!

Here’s my latest–

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen. Poster made at Quozio.com

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen. Poster made at Quozio.com

 

Other posters I created in 2015:

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen. Poster at Quozio.com

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen. Poster at Quozio.com

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen. Poster at Quozio.com

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen. Poster at Quozio.com

 

 

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen. Poster at Quozio.com

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen. Poster at Quozio.com

 

Suggested Activity:  Do you have favorite family quotes you’d like to record for all time?  Why not design a poster in honor or memory of that person?  See:  http://quozio.com/

Or you can weave a family quote into a story.  What a great family treasure that would make and a terrific gift too!  Have fun!  And perhaps it will become a legacy.  See “legacy” here:  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/legacy

Need some inspiration before writing your own quotes?  Check the internet for quotes.  Here’s one suggested site:  http://www.brainyquote.com/

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  I look forward to your comments.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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Theme for December 2015: Stand Up for Yourself and Others

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 1, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “Theme for December 2015:  Stand Up for Yourself and Others” by Linda M. Andersen

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen. Quozio Poster site.

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen. Quozio Poster site.

December is a time to think of others.  In the poster above, I chose to spotlight days that represent the theme “Stand Up for Yourself and Others.” (Awards selected by me for this site only.)  As much as possible, the suggested activities below apply to that theme.

December is…

  • Bingo’s Birthday Month  Have you ever played Bingo?  Word Bingo and other versions of the game may be played to reinforce learning.  Church bingo has helped raised money for the needy and other causes.  Sometimes, it’s just played for fun and a chance to win a prize.  What games do you like to play?

 Special Weeks in December:

  • Cookie Cutter Week: 1-7 Decorate with old cookie cutters or use them to bake for others. A recent article in my local newspaper told of a woman who shared her love of baking with homeless individuals. How can you help others with baked goods this holiday season?
Cookie Press, biscuit cutters, cookie cutters. Copyright 2012 Linda Andersen

Cookie Press, biscuit cutters, cookie cutters. Copyright 2012 Linda Andersen

  • National Hand Washing Awareness Week: 6-12 Practice good hand washing practices to help prevent sickness this winter. What other good health practices can you name?
  • Computer Science Education Week: 7-13 Name ways computers can be used to help others.  Recently a local newspaper featured a family with special medical needs and a charity drive. The article was also appeared on Facebook.  This is one way computer science can help those in need.  What are other ways? Talk with your family about this or use it as a writing prompt.
  • Christmas Bird Count Week: 14-1/5 Sing of happiness. Sing of joy. Birds sing no matter the season. Let’s do the same.   Often, people who are sick or lonely enjoy watching and listening to birds.  Some nursing homes have feeders outside patients’ windows. 
  • Kwanzaa: 26-1/1 Kwanzaa is a “celebration of family, community, and culture.”  How can Kwanzaa help teach the theme of “Stand Up for Yourself and Others?”  Read more about Kwanzaa here:  http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml

Special Days in December…

  • Basketball Day: 1 Earlier this year, I read a newspaper article about Austin Lehmann, a PE teacher who had set a goal to make a million free-throw shots.  He achieved his goal.  Mr. Lehmann encourages his students to set and reach goals of their own.  Read more here:  http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/cumberland-county-pe-teacher-hits-millionth-basketball-shot/article_fc45d374-d5ab-5624-b57a-67ebd828d9f3.html
  • What goals can you set to help yourself?  To help others? 
  • Day With(out) Art Day: 1 Art tells a story, often without words. How can art be used to help others?
  • Rosa Parks Day: 1 Tell how Rosa Parks stood up for herself and others.
  • Giving Tuesday: 1 Name ways you can help others without spending money. What can you give?
  • Special Education Day: 2 Do you know anyone with special needs? Name ways we are alike. What can be done to help with any differences?
  • International Day of Persons With Disabilities: 3 Name types of disabilities. Are handicaps the same as disabilities? What can you do to help someone you know with disabilities? Ask an adult to discuss this with you.
  • National Cookie Day: 4 Children in my church gathered on Veterans Day and baked cookies for Wounded Warriors. What could you and friends do for a special group with needs?
  • World Wildlife Conservation Day: 4 Learn about programs for wildlife rescue or other programs to help wildlife.
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: 7 Read and study about this day in history. What is a way to help heal these wounds?
  • National Cotton Candy Day: 7 Thoughts of cotton candy at fairs, circuses, and festivals brings smiles. How can you bring smiles to others?
  • Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day: 8 If you could travel back to an earlier time in your life, what time would that be and why? Was something special done for you? What is something special you could do in the future for someone else?
  • Nobel Prize Day: 10 Nobel Peace Prize is the one I chose to spotlight.  Awards are presented for other categories.  Can you name other categories?  If your teacher says, “That’s Nobel Prize behavior,” what does she mean? 
  • National Cocoa Day: 12 Do you like a cup of hot chocolate? By the fire? On a hayride? Other times? What made this a special time? How can you help others enjoy special times?
  • National Re-gifting Day: 17 What does it mean to re-gift? If I give you a good laugh, could you do the same for someone else? Would this be an example of re-gifting? Can you re-gift items other than purchased presents?
  • Wright Brothers Day: 17 What gift did the Wright Brothers give to the world? Name ways that flight has brought joy to others.
  • International Migrants Day: 18 What is a migrant worker? What are some ways people have stood up for migrants? What ways have people helped migrant workers?
  • National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: 18 Some people have parties where guests wear an ugly Christmas sweater. At other events, guests may be asked to bring canned goods for the needy as an admission fee. What are other ways to remember those in need while partying?
  • Underdog Day: 18 What is an underdog? List ways you can help an underdog.  Could the needy be considered as underdogs? 
  • Poet Laureate Day: 20 Research for names of poet laureates. Can you name a poet who writes about showing concern for others.
  • World Day of Prayer and Action for Children: 20 “Working to create a world where children are free from violence.”  Read more here:  https://prayerandactionforchildren.org/
  • Crossword Puzzle Day: 21 Consider creating a crossword puzzle about caring for the needy. Check this site for help: www.puzzlemaker.com
  • Humbug Day: 21 What does “humbug” mean? Who made this word famous? When might someone use this word when asked to help with charities?
  • National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day: 21 Read about this day here:  http://nationalhomeless.org/about-us/projects/memorial-day/
  • World Peace Day/Winter Solstice: 21 What would world peace look like? How can you stand up for peace?
  • Christmas: 25 Many people donate to a charity at Christmas. What other ways can you help the needy?
  • Boxing Day: 26 (Canada) I recently saw a rerun of a MASH television program where people were participating in Boxing Day. On this day, people trade jobs with someone. This reminds me of “walking in someone else’s shoes.”  Do you think job trade for a day could be helpful?  In what way, if any?
  • National Candy Cane Day: 26  Read The Legend of the Candy Cane here:  http://www.spanglercandy.com/our-brands/candy-canes/legends
  • National Thank-you Note Day: 26 Do you write thank-you notes? Who do you need to thank for a gift? Have you ever received a thank-you note?
  • Visit The Zoo Day: 27 What is your favorite animal? Read about animals you like to visit. Visit the zoo if you can. This time of year, could be too cold for some animals to be outside.  Spending time at the zoo brings pleasure to many. 
  • New Years Eve: 31 How will you spend New Years Eve? Do you have a goal(s) set for 2016?
  • Universal Hour of Peace Day: 31 An hour of peace is doable. What will you do to keep the peace in your life for an hour? 
  • World Peace Meditation Day: 31 Plan a day with peace as the goal. What things will you do differently? Could you continue to do these things beyond the day?

For archived activities for December, see here:

https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/december-2012-activities/

https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/wrap-up-the-year-with-december-activities/

https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/december-activities-and-the-ho-ho-ho-spirit/

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I look forward to reading them. Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

 

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