‘Tis the season. The annual Blogging A2Z April Challenge is on. Every April the fine folks at Blogging A2Z plan, organize, and set forth the daily blog challenge. Over a thousand bloggers take part in this epic event each year. But, being just little ol’ me, I can pick and choose who I want to meet and follow and what I want to write, so long as it is in alphabetical order. This is a great exercise for writers and readers. I missed last year and really missed it. So I am gathering resources and organizing my schedule (HA!) and put in to participate this year. Here goes.
I love a good story. A good story is made even better when the characters, settings, and plots are familiar and told through the generations. Circles of family and friends hold the histories that explain the familiar routines and traditions. Stories unfold through historic eras where war, economic ups and downs, natural disasters and major events occur, shaping life’s paths. Listening and writing about the circumstances provide us with the understanding of where we came from and how to navigate where we are going.
We humans always told stories, listened, recorded, and repeated the tales. The nuances, the background settings, the cadence to the dialog give spirit to a narrative. Different points of view offer an altered story arc. Facts are important to define time and place, but the heart of the story comes to light when shared, questioned, laughed, and cried through. Those are the stories that live through generations, providing the teller a piece of immortality and giving listeners an understanding of the past and a vision of our paths ahead.
My theme is Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands, a series of conversation starters and journal prompts. The questions forge connections between and within generations and inspire story-worthy journaling.
I hope the prompts will pique your curiosity and inspire you to ask the grands in your life, (or your friends, the nice neighbor or yourself) the questions that reveal stories.
Write them down.
Pray for peace.
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