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Writing Exercises.
Taken from 642 Things to Write About. Feel free to play along in comments! I'd love to see what other people do with these!

What can happen in a second?

A heartbeat, a breath, a spoken word, a sung note, a number changing on a microwave. Put them all together and they add. 60 and you've got a minute, 180 and you have the length of the average song and the time it takes to make popcorn.

A houseplant is dying. Tell it why it needs to live

Don't go! You bring color to this drab place where there's so little life. You're beautiful and leafy and green, a real kind of green. What would this place be without you? We'll take better care of you from now on. We'll water you and I'll buy plant food full of nitrogen and potassium. Wouldn't that be yummy? We'll even enjoy you more, show you to our friends when they come over. I'll get you a bigger pot. If you die, I can't get you back. Please stay.

Write Facebook status updates for the year 2017

1. Happy 2017 everyone!

2. Watching the state of the union address. Well done, Madame President.

3. I love my job but I still love weekends more. Now for some wine to kick off the weekend with!

4. My thirties are so much kinder to me than my twenties were. I'd never go back to them.

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What can happen in a second?

A fraction of a thought. A stray word. A single eloquent sideways glance, caught and received and understood. Nothing big. Nothing huge. Nothing earth shattering, in itself. But it might be all that is necessary to change the course of your life.

A houseplant is dying. Tell it why it needs to live.

Dear GOD, you can't. They told me one more death like this and I'll be banned from owning pets in the future, any kind of pet, at all, ever. Do you really want me to shuffle off this mortal coild without the comfort and companionship of a cat purring on my lap? I remember to feed the ANIMALS - it is my fault you never remind me that you are thirsty?!? Stay. Just stay. Here's a bucket of water. Drink up and let's just forget this conversation ever happened.

Facebook updates for 2017

I'm probably going to be something else by then, and Facebook will be history. Why bother?...

Your houseplant answer had me in absolute stitches. Ha!

My work here is done. :)

My guess is that my FB in 2017 will look something like:

-went to church
-went to church
-went to church
-funny church meme
-profound church meme
-went to church
-other people's cats

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