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October 2016

Moral Compass

i.        North

Colors frame defining moments.

The trees are orange and

I can almost feel my lungs fill with the amber air of your childhood: the fiery tinglings of

playing war and throwing sticks and coronating boyishness– of pressing your little toes against

sturdy boulders and declaring yourself king of the vibrant hums of the woods.

There are mansions wedged between those trees now (the boulders are cracked in half),

and I can hear the police sirens in Hazleton, of you

inhaling and claiming “the neighborhood wasn’t always this rough” as you lead us

down crumbling sidewalks;

the fall air is stale here

with the heaviness of what used to be

and I try to breathe it in–

I try to breathe it in

for your sake.

~Written by Hannah

 

This is an excerpt of a four-part poem I am currently working on. Thank you so much for reading; comments are greatly appreciated. 🙂

Capturing Memories: 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge [Day 3]

So this is my final installment of the three day challenge! I wanted to make this last day of quotes particularly special; I always emphasize how important it is to capture moments and memories, and hence the following quotes have come from people close to me throughout different stages of my life. I hope you will be able to find your own meaning beneath each of them.

I promise I will get back on schedule with weekly writing advice postings as well as posting some of my own writing for you quite soon. As always, feel free to leave any comments below; I’m always open to any feedback or suggestions!

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The rules for the 3 Days 3 Quotes are as follows:

  1. Write three quotes each day for three days.
  2. Nominate three nominees per day. (Restrain from repetition).
  3. Inform the nominees.

My nominations for today are:

These bloggers are amazing, so be sure to check them out!

Have a marvelous day!

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge [Day 2: The Favorites]

Welcome to Day 2 of the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge! The following quotes are a few of my personal favorites; they are made up of song lyrics, personal mantras, and simple words that makes me smile. They are not written by me, but I feel as if it is important to share them. I hope you enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below on your favorite quotes!

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The rules for the 3 Days 3 Quotes are as follows:

  1. Write three quotes each day for three days.
  2. Nominate three nominees per day. (Restrain from repetition).
  3. Inform the nominees.

 

My nominations for today are:

 

Have an amazing day!

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge [Day 1]

Thank you to Shunnom for nominating me for this amazing challenge. I believe in archiving memories and words and keeping legacies alive; this challenge is one tangible way to do that. The following quotes are a few of my own that I feel compelled to share. Feel free to comment below on your thoughts, ideas, or with your very own quotes!

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I hope these were able to strike a chord with someone. After all, that is the point of quotes: to pluck at someone’s heartstrings in a way that produces a meaningful harmony.

The rules of the 3 Day, 3 Quote Challenge are as follows:

  1. Write three quotes each day for three days.
  2. Nominate three nominees per day. (Restrain from repetition).
  3. Inform the nominees.

My nominees for today are

Your Weekend Inspiration

“Mold me into clay,” the sculptor will one day say.

“But I am the sculpture,” the sculpture replies. “I cannot mold. I cannot create.”

The sculptor shakes his head, “You are what you make.”

Written by Hannah

Never be afraid to do things out of your comfort zone. Experience is everything; it will help you grow, it will help you better understand the world, it will help you connect with the people around you, and it will help you establish stronger relationships. Today, try to see yourself in someone else’s place in the web of life and do something unexpected. Use this knowledge to write something special.

The Science of Childhood Stories [And What They Do To Your Mind]

Childhood stories are proven to affect brain development. Yes, that means you are more likely to be brighter than the average person if your parents followed the tradition of reading you nightly bedtime stories. Whether you grew up on Disney fairytale stories, picture books, or classic tales, you have expanded your imagination on a neurological level.

Firsthand, I have experienced this. When I was five years old, my father would read to me what might be considered advanced stories at my age, such as The Chronicles of Narnia. My sister, on the other hand, was not read to; she had a shorter attention span and would often fall asleep as my father read to her. So, the ol’ process of nature versus nurture took place. Since I grew up on childhood stories, I developed much differently than my sister did. Yes, she is very bright, but she is not book smart. She does not enjoy school, but she enjoys life and knows what to do to be successful. While I enjoy school and  the exchange of memories and stories, my sister does not, and that’s okay. But the difference is huge, which, as we grew up into our pre-teen years, created an undeniable divide between us.

Hearing stories at an early age help a person develop behaviorally and emotionally; specifically, stories significantly influence the power of empathy on a person. According to Dr. Zipora Shechtman, the author of various books regarding the psychology of children, childhood stories train young brains to feel more immersed within others’ emotions and feelings. She writes, “Through the imaginative process that reading involves, children have the opportunity to do what they often cannot do in real life—become thoroughly involved in the inner lives of others, better understand them, and eventually become more aware of themselves.” If you’ve had a love for stories since you were a child and have, on a certain level, felt more connected to those around you than your peers, then this is why: childhood stories enhance a person’s interconnectedness with the world around them.

Outside of behavioral and emotional processes, storytelling also affects biological, neurological processes. Stories entice thoughts of creativity to zap along neurons, allowing a child to imagine a story using his or her own imaginative perception; this process is known as neutral coupling. Early creative thinking stimulates the brain in a way that paves the way for future, healthy brain development. In addition, well-told, complicated stories stimulate all different parts of the brain, including the Broca’s area. This area’s functions are linked to speech and language development, exposing children to important vocabulary and granting them the ability to express themselves through words, instead of overly-relying on body language. When younger children are introduced to a range of storytelling, they are most likely to develop well-cultivated minds.

What were some of your favorite stories as a child? What are your thoughts on the correlation between storytelling and brain development? Leave a comment below; I’d love to hear from you!

 

Picture retrieved from Notey, a blog/news source

 

Do You Have a Mortal or Immortal Mindset? (Telling the Difference)

Every day is a pervasive reminder of our own mortality. The reason I was not able to post this weekend was due to the fact that, within the span of a couple days, I celebrated someone’s birthday and attended another person’s funeral. When I left the funeral Sunday, the idea of my own mortality buried deep inside my mind and burrowed between my thoughts. I couldn’t help but think about it, about what mortality meant, about the reason for my own existence (as existential as that sounds). And I came to the following conclusion: While we may only get a certain amount of time to walk this earth, and while our mortality can be strikingly clear to us, there is a way we can make lasting imprints and leave our own immortal legacies: through writing.  I came up with two stages of mindsets that may help to define your relationship with the concept of mortality.

  1. Your Mind is Associated with “Mortality” and Detachment If…

You think about mortality and it does not necessarily bother you, or you view your own mortality as one of your biggest fears. Either way, you have detached from the true concept of death and the circle of life. Don’t worry, though; this is a common reaction. When the mind does this, its main goal is to distract you. It allows you to look at mortality as if it is an entirely separate entity. You observe it with a bird’s eye view, away from yourself. You acknowledge it yet do not create anything positive from it; many times, to add to the distractions, you fill your life with meaningless means of pleasure and superfluous reasons to exist. If this describes you and your relationship with mortality, I highly suggest you change your perspective of yourself and the world you live in. In order to rediscover your own reasons to truly live and not simply survive, try to adhere to Step 2 below.

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Detachment allows you to look at mortality as if it is an entirely separate entity. However, this usually coerces many people into living lives devoid of meaning.

       2. Your Mind is Associated with “Immortality” and Acceptance If…

You embrace the fact that your world will not go on forever, and yet, at the same time, you live every day to its fullest. You devote yourself to others, expand your thoughts to create an open mind, and, most of all, you use your time to create. By writing your story as well as feeling compelled to record others’ stories around you, you recognize the fact that you will not live forever. But you are determined that your memory will. You realize that writing is just one way to make your life immortal, and that dwelling on the past in a negative light simply opens old wounds and limits success. If you desire immortality, you recognize that one of the only ways to achieve it is through creation. Remember: Make art, not war. An immortal heart gives more. 

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Recognizing the fact that you will not live forever is the first step to living an immortal life. The second step, for us writers, is to never stop writing and creating. 

Comment below if you have any thoughts on whether you have nurtured a mortal or immortal mindset. I’d love to hear what you think!

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