LifeJournal™ Newsletter – March 2007


LifeJournal Newsletter – March, 2007
I’m excited when I read a new book that opens my mind.  I recently read A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink, and was intrigued by his prediction about what the next century will hold.  I want to briefly share some of his thoughts with you and encourage you to read his book.

The first article summarizes the main points of his book. As a result of my reading Pink’s book, I was inspired to create a new category of prompts called “Play and Humor.”  The second article offers these 24 prompts which you can download into LifeJournal or simply use as a reference for your journal writing.



Ruth Folit

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Book Review of A Whole New Mind  by Daniel Pink

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink is a readable and engrossing book that provides a new global perspective about the direction in which our society is heading.  Mr. Pink’s main thesis is that we are shifting from the Information Age, a time when the economy and society is built on logical and linear abilities, to the Conceptual Age, a period when our economy and society will be built on inventive, empathic, big-picture capabilities. Pink contends that people who are able to excel at “right-brained” thinking will be highly valued during the Conceptual Age. Those who are able to see the whole, who understand the subtleties of human interaction and have an intuitive, non-linear capacity will be in demand in the coming years.
Pink breaks down essential aptitudes or “senses” into six categories: design, stories, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning. 

Writing Contest and Writing Conference announces its second personal essay writing contest. The reading period is from now until June 20th. Cash prizes. Winners announced August 1. Visit for contest rules and information on submitting.

Writing It Real in Port Townsend holds its June writer’s conference the 21st to 25th at the Harborside Inn. Writers Sheila Bender, Jack Heffron and
Susan Rich teach a four-day intensive aimed at helping those who write bring their essays, memoir, creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry to the next
level. Email for more information or visit .

A New Set of Prompts called “Play and Humor”

I’ve included the full set of Playand Humor prompts below:

  1. Remember a time when you made a group of people laugh—your family, a classroom of kids, your colleagues. Describe in great detail the experience.
  2. What do you do for fun in your life?
  3. Do you consciously make time for fun in your life or does your fun time occur spontaneously? If you plan, how often do you include fun and play in your life?
  4. Who is your favorite comedian, comedy writer, humorist? Why? What qualities of this person do you like best?





Go to the web page to download a file toimport these prompts directly into your LifeJournal program.



End Quotes
“The story—from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace—is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of understanding.  There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” —Ursula K. Le Guin

“People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.”       —William Butler Yeats

“There is no question that a playfully light attitude is characteristic of creative individuals.”
—Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow
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