Friday 5 for July 19: A stitch in time keeps the doctor away

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  1. A well-known proverb begins, “Early to bed, early to rise…” How would you complete it so it’s descriptive of (not prescriptive for!) your life?
  2. A well-known proverb begins, “If at first you don’t succeed…” How would you complete it so it’s descriptive of (not prescriptive for!) your life?
  3. A well-known proverb ends, “…is the best policy.” How would you begin it so it’s descriptive of (not prescriptive for) your life?
  4. A well-known proverb ends, “…is the spice of life.” How would you begin it so it’s descriptive of (not prescriptive for!) your life?
  5. A well-known proverb ends, “…is the best medicine.” How would you begin it so it’s descriptive of (not prescriptive for!) your life?

Thanks for participating, and have a safe, fabulous, comfortable, relaxing weekend!

* I originally wrote this prompt but decided it might be too much of a downer, so I’m tacking it on at the end as an optional bonus question. Please ignore it if you’d rather not go there!

A well-known proverb begins, “There are…” and ends “…in the sea.” How would you fill the middle so it’s descriptive of your life?

* Here’s one I wrote twice, but it didn’t fit the descriptive/prescriptive model I established.

A well-known (something) begins, “I scream; you scream; we all scream for…” How would you complete it so it’s descriptive of your life?

A well-known (something) begins, “…for ice cream!” How would you begin it so it’s descriptive of your life?

Feel free to riff on either or both of these as well. You can see my issue. The original statement isn’t prescriptive. Maybe I should have asked, “…so it’s prescriptive for a better life, not descriptive of yours?” 🙂

Friday 5 for November 12: The old college try

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These are college application essay questions, but of course you don’t have to answer them in essay form. However, if you write them, I will read them, and possibly admit you into my university!

  1. If you could create a new academic subject, what would it be and why?
  2. Describe a time when you stood up for something you believed in. What were the challenges, and what was the outcome?
  3. What is one question you wish you knew the answer to? Why is this question important to you?
  4. Describe a time when you collaborated with others to achieve a common goal. What role did you play, and what did you learn from the experience?
  5. Describe a time when you felt like an outsider. How did you overcome this feeling?

This reminded me of how much I hate college application essay questions, not because of the task but because of the inanity of the questions. I have helped many high-schoolers formulate their own responses, and it has always felt to me like they are all really the same question. I think I’ll write questions college applications should really ask and we’ll make that a future 5. 🙂

Thanks for participating, and have a gorgeous, ravishing, delectable, juicy, safe weekend!

Friday 5 for July 4: No intersection

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  1. When did you last read a physical issue of a magazine?
  2. If someone were going through your wardrobe, which item or items would give the person a good idea of your age?
  3. What is your favorite song released in 2024?*
  4. What non-food item did you last put in a zippered plastic bag?
  5. You may know that in Japan there are cafes where you can play with bunnies, cats, hedgehogs, reptiles, owls, and many other kinds of animals. Assuming one hundred percent good faith, which would mean the animals’ safety and mental health are completely assured and the animals are rescues, making it unsafe for them to be released back into the wild, which animal cafe (whether it exists now or not) would you most like to spend time in?

* come on; you can do it!

Thank you for participating, and may there be fireworks in your heart but not in the air above your house this weekend!