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Sunday

Sunday Invitation – for January 21st


Sunday Invitation – for January 31st

It’s the last Sunday of January, and time for an invitation to SIMPLY SNICKERS – home of weekly poetry prompts, accompanied by classic fine art. Here’s this week’s sampling:

Au Beaux Temps de la Butte
By Kees van Dongen
20th Century

It's Sunday again, and the MEME EXPRESS invites you to join us at SIMPLY SNICKERS for today's prompt:

wait
watch
willful

You will find a bit of background and some lovely fine art for the occasion. Use the art and prompting questions, or not. It's your choice! Just click the SIMPLY SNICKERS icon to visit and view today's poetry prompt (or the archives):

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Saturday

Saturday Stops - Sweater


All Aboard the Meme Express – Saturday, January 30, 2010

The last weekend in January, in much of the world, spells sweater weather. (Of course, most of us don heavy-duty parkas and winter gear on top of our sweaters as well.)

Sweaters are popular this year – particularly cardigan sweaters. Michelle Obama, American First Lady, is often photographed in cardigan sweaters.

In fact, cardigan sweaters have become Mrs. Barack Obama’s trademark fashion must-have, particularly for more casual occasions. Michelle Obama seems to have a cardigan sweater to accompany nearly every style she selects - except, perhaps, for her most formal ensembles (as for White House state dinners and other black-tie occasions).

Of course, a classic children’s television personality also displayed a partiality for cardigan sweaters? Remember Fred Rogers, or Mister Rogers Neighborhood? Mister Rogers nearly never went without a favorite cardigan sweater on his program for young viewers.

The Meme Express prompt for today is cozy for a winter weekend:

sweater

Why not write your own blog post today?

Here are a few optional questions – until you have your blog buttoned up.

Do you love sweaters?
How many sweaters do you think you have in your closet right now?
Do you prefer cardigan sweaters, crew-neck sweaters, v-neck sweaters, sweater vests or turtleneck sweaters?
If you wear cardigan sweaters, do you prefer cardigans that button or zip?
Do wear cotton sweaters, angora sweaters, cashmere sweaters or woolen sweaters?
Have you ever knitted a sweater?
Who is your favorite sweater-wearer?
Why not post photos of sweater styles you like . . . or don’t like?

Don’t sweat it. Today’s blog is all about fashion fun.

Perhaps this concept will inspire you to create and post a drawing, a poem, a photograph, a short story, or a journal entry. Then return here to leave a comment with your link. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)

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Friday

Friday Freedom #62


All Aboard the Meme Express – Friday, January 29, 2010

January 29th is Carnation Day.

What in tarnation is Carnation Day? Regardless of the celebration’s origins, this blooming midwinter holiday may bring us a sweet reason to bring a little color and floral fragrance to the bleakness of January.

Brr! A frozen Friday. But it’s time for Friday Freedom at the Meme Express.

What is Friday Freedom? It’s a Writer’s Choice prompt. You can post what you like (on your own blog), and return here to leave a comment with your link. (See “Super-Simple Linking” for instructions on creating active links.)

In your post today, be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Feel free to grab our train graphic from the sidebar, and post an active link on your own blog. Why not add the Meme Express to your blogroll?

Also, if you participate regularly at the Meme Express, and you would like to join our blogroll, please let us know in your comment. We’d be happy to add you, if you play often.

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Thursday

Thursday Thinking and Inking - Naughty


All Aboard the Meme Express – Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ain’t misbehavin’ … are ya?


Have you ever been caught red-handed, branded for bad behavior? What happened?

Today, we present out this quotation for Thursday Thinking and Inking at Meme Express,

“Once you begin being naughty,
 it is easier to go and on and on,
and sooner or later something dreadful happens.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

American Author
(1867 – 1957)


Laura Ingalls writer was the author of the popular Little House series of books.

Each Thursday, we offer feature a quotation as inspiration for that day’s prompt.

The Meme Express for today is simple:

naughty

Perhaps this concept will inspire you to create and post a drawing, a poem, a photograph, a short story, or a journal entry.  Then return here to leave a comment with your link. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)


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Wednesday

Midweek Musical Memories - School Days


All Aboard the Meme Express – Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What a story. I guess it’s never too late to go back to school and finish that degree.



Harriet Richardson Ames (of Concord, New Hampshire), celebrated her 100th birthday on January 2nd. Three weeks later, Mrs. Ames earned her B.A. in Education from Keene State College, in Keene, New Hampshire. And one day later, on January 23rd, Harriet Richardson Ames passed away.

Apparently, Harriet Richardson Ames had been in hospice care during the last days of her life – and her education. (Here’s the news story about Harriet Richardson Ames, as reported by the Associated Press in Yahoo News, and here is an online obituary for Harriet Richardson Ames.)

We send our sincere sympathies and heart-felt condolences to the family and friends of Harriet Richardson Ames.

Harriet Richardson Ames’ story sort of does away with all of those excuses we  might create for skipping school . . . doesn’t it?

Incidentally, Harriet Richardson Ames did earn a two-year teaching degree much earlier in life, and she worked as an educator. Perhaps she never stopped teaching at all, as even her final achievement spoke of the importance of schooling.


Today is Wednesday, and we all know what that means. It’s time for Midweek Musical Memories at the Meme Express.

In 1957, Chuck Berry rocked radios with his hit single, “School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell). This song seems particularly appropriate today, as we ponder the ponderous achievement of

Here’s "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)," by Chuck Berry:

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  .

The Meme Express for today is simple:

school days

Perhaps this concept will inspire you to create a drawing, a poem, a short story, or a journal entry.  Then return here to leave a comment with your link. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)

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Tuesday

Pick-a-Prompt #64


 Pick-a-Prompt #64

All Aboard the Meme Express – Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Grab a cup of something warm and wonderful (like coffee or cocoa) on this blustery day, and start blogging!


Today the Meme Express offers you a choice: Pick-a-Prompt

Scroll down the right-hand sidebar, and select any previous Meme Express writing prompt from the blog archives. Or look through the Pick-a-Prompt labels list for a topic that interests you. Publish your blog post, and return here with a comment and link, so other Meme Express participants can find and read your post.

Post your poem, story, song, photo or other entry on your blog. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)

Then come back here, and post a comment with a link to your own entry.

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Monday

Monday Mayhem #17 - Theft


All Aboard the Meme Express – Monday, January 25, 2010

Police tracked down an alleged car crook in Polk County, Florida (near Orlando), according to a recent report in the Orlando Sentinel. The man had apparently stolen a 1998 Dodge Durango from a WalMart parking lot. The cops found the man sitting on the couch in a friend’s living room playing a video game.

Guess what video game he was playing:




Grand Theft Auto.

The man had recently been released on bail, having been charged with multiple counts of

Grand Theft Auto.

And the police then charged him with

Grand Theft Auto.

Does anyone see a pattern here?

It’s Monday – time for Monday Mayhem at the Meme Express. The Meme Express for today offers this prompt:

theft


Here are a few optional questions, to get you started:

Have you ever had a car stolen from you?
Have you ever been the victim of any kind of theft?
What did the thief steal from you?
Who was the thief?
Have you ever participated in theft?
What did you steal?
Did you get caught?
Did you return what you stole?

Perhaps this concept will inspire you to create a drawing, a poem, a short story, or a journal entry.  Then return here to leave a comment with your link. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)

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Sunday

Sunday Invitation – for January 24th


Sunday Invitation – for January 24th



The Council of the Royal Academy
Selecting Pictures for the Exhibition

By Sir Francis Grant
19th century


It's Sunday again, and the MEME EXPRESS invites you to join us at SIMPLY SNICKERS for today's prompt:

select
spot
snort


You will find a bit of background and some lovely fine art for the occasion. Use the art and prompting questions, or not. It's your choice! Just click the SIMPLY SNICKERS icon to visit and view today's poetry prompt (or the archives):

Don't forget to c'mon back and leave a link to your post!


Be sure to leave your comment link
at SIMPLY SNICKERS too –
and increase your blog readership.



Be sure to bookmark the MEME EXPRESS . . . so you can come back tomorrow for a new blogging prompt!  

Saturday

All Aboard the Meme Express – Saturday, January 23, 2010


All Aboard the Meme Express – Saturday, January 23, 2010

Have you seen any good movies lately? Are you planning to go to the cinemas this weekend? What will you see?


Why not write a movie review – either praising or panning – a film you saw recently? What are your picks for the upcoming awards ceremonies?

The Meme Express prompt for today is entertaining:

movies

Why not write your own blog post today?



Moviegoers are attracted to movie reviews like butter on popcorn!
Want to become a movie reviewer?
What information must be included in a movie review?
How should a movie reviewer critique a film?


Perhaps this concept will inspire you to create and post a drawing, a poem, a photograph, a short story, or a journal entry. Then return here to leave a comment with your link. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)
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Friday

Friday Freedom #61


All Aboard the Meme Express – Friday, January 22, 2010

Today is January 22nd - “Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.”

What!?!

Do you have any idea what your cat may be thinking? (Do you have a cat?) Can you scratch out a purr-fectly pleasing blog entry today?


Sarah Holding a Cat
By Mary Cassatt
1908


Good news! It’s also time for Friday Freedom at the Meme Express.

What is Friday Freedom? It’s a Writer’s Choice prompt. You can post what you like (on your own blog), and return here to leave a comment with your link. (See “Super-Simple Linking” for instructions on creating active links.)


In your post today, be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Feel free to grab our train graphic from the sidebar, and post an active link on your own blog. Why not add the Meme Express to your blogroll?

Also, if you participate regularly at the Meme Express, and you would like to join our blogroll, please let us know in your comment. We’d be happy to add you, if you play often.

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Thursday

Thursday Thinking and Inking - Relief


All Aboard the Meme Express – Thursday, January 21, 2010


Humanitarian aid organizations are rallying support for post-earthquake relief in Haiti. The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, World Vision and many other disaster relief agencies are on the scene to offer aid to the Haitian people.

The world is watching, as this earthquake-torn island nation seeks to rebuild from the rubble.

Of course, relief may take many forms.


Today, we present out this quotation for Thursday Thinking and Inking at Meme Express.

“Can I see another's woe,
and not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another's grief,
and not seek for kind relief?”
British Artist
(1757 – 1827)

Each Thursday, we offer feature a quotation as inspiration for that day’s prompt.

The Meme Express for today is simple:

relief


Perhaps this concept will inspire you to create and post a drawing, a poem, a photograph, a short story, or a journal entry.  Then return here to leave a comment with your link. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)

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Wednesday

Midweek Musical Memories - Smoke


The smoke is clearing …


It’s Wednesday, time for Midweek Musical Memories at the Meme Express.

On January 20, 1959, The Platters burned up the popular music charts, taking the number-one spot with their hit single, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

Here’s “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” by The Platters:

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  .

The Meme Express for today is simple:

smoke

Here are a few optional blogging questions to light up your creative ideas:

Do you smoke? Did you ever smoke?
Have you ever quit smoking? How did you do it?
How do you feel about smoking?

Perhaps this concept will inspire you to create a drawing, a poem, a short story, or a journal entry.  Then return here to leave a comment with your link. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)


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Tuesday

Pick-a-Prompt #63


 Pick-a-Prompt #63

All Aboard the Meme Express – Tuesday, January 19, 2010



Today the Meme Express offers you a choice: Pick-a-Prompt

Scroll down the right-hand sidebar, and select any previous Meme Express writing prompt from the blog archives. Or look through the Pick-a-Prompt labels list for a topic that interests you. Publish your blog post, and return here with a comment and link, so other Meme Express participants can find and read your post.


Post your poem, story, song, photo or other entry on your blog. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)

Then come back here, and post a comment with a link to your own entry.

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Monday

Monday Mayhem #16 - Bear


All Aboard the Meme Express – Monday, January 18, 2010

British poet and author Alan Alexander Milne was born on January 18, 1882. A.A. Milne is best remembered as the creator of Winnie the Pooh and his 100-Acre Woods friends Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Rabbit, Owl, and Christopher Robin.


It’s Monday – time for Monday Mayhem at the Meme Express.

Marking the birthday of A.A. Milne, the Meme Express for today offers this choice of prompts:

bear
or
bear

Perhaps this concept will inspire you to create a drawing, a poem, a short story, or a journal entry.  Then return here to leave a comment with your link. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)


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