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On a day when the sun failed to shine, Mourning Doves gathered on tangled branches of a weeping cherry. With feathers fluffed and appendages pulled in tight, they longed for the warmth of each other, but found the distance between them too great. As I read over these sentences, I’m thinking about how to improve them. They need to be more descriptive, yet tighter. Here’s my challenge to you – send me your best, brief description of or story about (three sentences or less) the photo above and I’ll share some of them in an upcoming post! Give it a try . . . it’ll be fun!

#1 – One Sentence Stories
Don’t underestimate the impact of a single sentence. Can a story be told in one sentence? As a matter of fact, yes. With just six words Hemingway wrote this story: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

Here are some great examples of Hemingway-style, six word stories by other well-known writers:

“It cost too much, staying human.”
– Bruce Sterling

“From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.”
– Gregory Maguire

“The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.”
– Orson Scott Card

“Wasted day. Wasted life. Dessert, please.”
– Steven Meretzky

“Streets full of water. Please advise.”
– Robert Benchley

“Starlet sex scandal. Giant squid involved.”
– Margaret Atwood

Feeling inspired now? Go to One Sentence and challenge yourself to submit a sentence or just enjoy reading others’ efforts.

#2 – Save Trees
You probably already save trees by carrying your own grocery bags into the market. Another way to save trees is to decline printed catalogs. It seems every time I pick up my mail, it’s loaded with catalogs that just end up in my recycled paper bin.

According to an article in Earth 911, Nineteen billion catalogs are mailed out to American homes each year. The production of these catalogs requires 53 million trees, 53 billion gallons of water and emits 5.2 million tons of carbon dioxide. While some send catalogs to the trash instead of their recycling bins, all municipal recycling programs accept catalogs.

One morning after unsubscribing to a bunch of email solicitations on my computer, I took a few minutes to make calls to companies that send me catalogs. I informed them that I shop online and requested that my name be removed from their catalog list. Get the word out!

#3 – On the Tip of Your Tongue?
Ever have moments when you’re talking to someone and there’s a word on the very tip of your tongue? Try as you may, your brain cannot conjure it up? Tip of My Tongue is a site that can help you during those frustrating moments. Type into the text boxes what aspects of the word you know and it provides a list of possible words for you!

#4 – A Breathe Deep Moment
Photographs do not need words; they inspire them. Here’s a photo you can escape into when you need a “breathe deep” moment.

#5 – Rich or Poor?
“If someone were to pay you 10 cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect from you 5 cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?”
Unknown source

Enjoy your weekend!

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