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“Writer’s Island” prompt #9

Welcome! Here is the 9th WIJ “Writer’s Island” prompt: IF ONLY.

If only… I could see them one last time. If only… I had done things differently. If only… I could make them understand. If only… I was in charge. Tell us what it is you would do, change, say, etc. — ‘if only’. Please share whatever today’s prompt stirs within you.

Create whatever you are inspired to create, post it on your blog — then place a link to it here, in the comments section of this post.

NOTE: Below this “Writer’s Island” prompt you will find 5 additional new posts — the first being this week’s ‘Matinée Muse’ prompt. I invite you to read all the posts, and please comment — if you wish. Click on the title of any of the posts if you want to leave a comment. I also especially invite you to participate in the ‘Matinée Muse’ prompt.

Hope you enjoy these posts, and thank you for visiting today.

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He’s not your monkey…

Jonathan “Jon” Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, television host, and political satirist. He is best known as host of The Daily Show, a satirical news program airing on Comedy Central.

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Stewart started as a stand-up comedian, but later branched out to television, hosting Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central. He went on to host his own show on MTV, called The Jon Stewart Show, and then hosted another show on MTV called You Wrote It, You Watch It. He has also had several film roles as an actor.

Stewart became the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in early 1999. He is also a writer and co-producer of the show. After Stewart joined, The Daily Show steadily gained popularity and critical acclaim leading to his first Emmy Award in 2001.

One of the show’s most serious moments remains the September 20, 2001 show—the first show after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The show began with no introduction. Prior to this date, The Daily Show introduction included footage of a fly-in towards the World Trade Center and New York City.

However, the first nine minutes of that 2001 show included a tearful Stewart discussing his personal view on the event. His remarks ended as follows:
“The view… from my apartment… was the World Trade Center… and now it’s gone — they attacked it. This was a symbol of American ingenuity, and strength, and labor, and imagination and commerce, and it is gone. But you know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the South of Manhattan is now the Statue of Liberty. You can’t beat that.”

Stewart himself has also gained significant acclaim as a critic of the Bush administration and of personality-driven media shows, in particular the coverage of the U.S. news media networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.
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Mr. Cool…

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz from World War II to the 1990s, He played on various early bebop records and recorded one of the first cool jazz records.

Miles Davis
Miles was partially responsible for the development of hard bop and modal jazz, and both jazz-funk and jazz fusion arose from his work with other musicians in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

His final album blended jazz and rap. Many leading jazz musicians made their names in Davis’s groups, including pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist John Coltrane, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and guitarist John McLaughlin.

As a trumpeter, Davis had a pure, round sound but also an unusual freedom of articulation and pitch. He was known for favoring a low register and relatively sparse playing that served the song rather than display flashy playing, but Davis was also capable of highly complex and technically demanding trumpet work.

In March and April 1959, Davis re-entered the studio with his working sextet to record what is widely considered his magnum opus, Kind of Blue.
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A bit of “turkey day” humor

SAY WHAT…
A lady was surveying and picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but just couldn’t find one large enough for her family. Frustrated, she finally asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”

BURNED THE TURKEY, no problem — look on the bright side…
• No one ate like a glutton.
• Salmonella wasn’t a concern
• Everyone probably thought it was Cajun Blackened.
• Those uninvited guests will think twice next year.
• Your cheese-broccoli-limabean casserole gained newly found appreciation.
• The pets weren’t pestering you for scraps.
• The smoke alarm got its annual test.
• Carving the bird provided a great cardiovascular workout.
• After dinner, the guys got to take the bird to the yard and play football.
• Uncle Bob didn’t overeat and walk around with his pants unbuttoned.
• You got to the desserts quicker.
• You don’t have to face weeks of drier and drier turkey sandwiches.

POLLY WANT A SWEATER…
Recently I received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.

I tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else I could think of to ‘clean up’ the bird’s vocabulary. Nothing worked!

Finally fed up, I yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. In desperation, I threw up my hands, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then suddenly — there was total quiet.

Fearing that I’d hurt the parrot, I quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto my outstretched arm and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language. I’m sincerely sorry, and I intend to do everything I can to correct my unforgivable behavior.”

I was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. As I was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic shift in his behavior, he continued in a somber tone. . . “May I ask what the turkey did?”

 

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Back from the grave…

According to a fascinating report printed in the London Telegraph in 1880, a man was buried ‘in a condition of apparent death’ for 40 days and survived. No tricks or tomfoolery were involved, so how did he do it?

It’s often the case that when someone professes to be able do something remarkable, that great gift of human nature kicks in – skepticism. So when Maharajah Ranjeet Singh heard from an Indian fakir who claimed he could come back to life after being buried for several months in an apparent state of death, the Maharajah could only reply with one statement – proof or it didn’t happen.

At once, the fakir, named Haridas, was summonsed before the Maharajah – who regarded the idea as possibly fraudulent – to act out exactly how he could accomplish this amazing feat.

In full view of the Maharajah and nobles of the court, within a short time, the fakir appeared comatosed.

One of the witnesses at the time, an Honorable Captain Osborn, made his own account of the event:
“When every spark of life had seemingly vanished, he was … wrapped up in the linen on which he had been sitting, and on which the seal of Ranjeet Sing was placed. The body was then deposited in a chest, on which Ranjeet Sing, with his own hand, fixed a heavy padlock. The chest was carried outside the town and buried in a garden belonging to the Minister; barley was sown over the spot, a wall created around it, and sentinels posted.”

After 40 days the fakir was exhumed and the chest opened. The man, although cold, was in the exact same condition as he was in 40 days previously. Revived by having heat applied to the head, his body rubbed and warm air blown into his ears and mouth, the fakir returned to a full state of consciousness.
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“Writer’s Island” prompt #7

Welcome! This is the Writer’s Island Journals fourth edition, and here is the 7th WIJ “Writer’s Island” prompt: DESCRIBE THE FUTURE.

Tell us what it is you envision when you read this prompt. Please share whatever heroic image today’s prompt stirs within you.

Create whatever you are inspired to create, post it on your blog — then place a link to it here, in the comments section of this post.

NOTE: Below this “Writer’s Island” prompt you will find 5 additional new posts — the first being this week’s ‘Matinée Muse’ prompt. I invite you to read all the posts, and please comment — if you wish. Click on the title of any of the posts if you want to leave a comment. I also especially invite you to participate in the ‘Matinée Muse’ prompt. Hope you enjoy these posts, and thank you for visiting today.

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“Matinée Muse” prompt – 11/21/08

 

Welcome to Matinée Muse!

Below is the Matinée Muse prompt for 11/21/08.

Perhaps you will write a poem, or a short story?
Maybe you’ll create a related artwork, or a photograph?

However you express yourself creatively, please create that expression, post it to your site, and link it here to this post.

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This week’s Matinée Muse prompt is:

“power of hope”

Inspired by the new film ‘The Secret Life of Bees’.

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Please share with us your poem, short story, artwork, photograph — or whatever you’ve been inspired to create.

Express yourself!

NOTE: to learn more about the film, click on its poster

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