Dungeon Prompts: Guilt – Illuminating or Engulfing the Darkness?

  This week’s prompt is:  Guilt – Illuminating or Engulfing the Darkness? “Guilt is a useless feeling. It’s never enough to make you change direction–only enough to make you useless.” ― Daniel Nayeri, Another Faust “Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.” ― Voltaire Guilt can be a useful tool …

Dungeon Prompts: Balance and the Art of Succeeding in an All or Nothing World

  This week’s prompt is:  Balance and the Art of Succeeding in an All or Nothing World “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton “Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.” – Hillary Clinton Buddha taught the Middle Way but he had to …

Dungeon Prompts: Mortality and the Human Psyche

  This week’s prompt is:  Mortality and the Human Psyche “All things that we ordained festival, Turn from their office to black funeral; Our instruments to melancholy bells, Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast, Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change, Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse, And all things change …

Dungeon Prompts: Freedom in the Modern World

  This week’s prompt is:  Freedom in the Modern World “If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.”  These are the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The argument  over the balance between security and freedom has been going on …

There Was No Escaping His Father’s Words

They sat across the table from each other. His father had that, ‘I don’t want to smile but what can I say, I expected as much and here you are just like we sat when you were a kid and cared little for what I said or did,’ look on his face. As they stared …

Dungeon Prompts: Good, Evil and the Rules that You Live By

This week’s prompt is:  Good, Evil and the Rules that You Live By Marcus Tullius Cicero told us that, “The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.” The way that we see good and evil, or the lack thereof, surely colors the way we interact in a world that is ruled by …

Dungeon Prompts: Inner Voice

  This week’s prompt is:   Inner Voice Every time that I open my mouth to sing I expect the voice of Louis Armstrong to come out.  What I end up hearing is a thin, childish sounding, often slightly flat, voice, that’s good enough, but not satisfying to me.  Often, if we haven’t seen ourselves in …

Dungeon Prompts: Faith, Tolerance and Mutual Appreciation

  This week’s prompt is:  Faith, Tolerance and Mutual Appreciation The great Rarasaur recently wrote an open letter to her most loyal reader; the one that can’t stop emailing her about all that he finds wrong with Rara’s blog.  That got me thinking about my own favorite reader, the woman who won’t stop trying to save me after …

Dungeon Prompts: Chaos

  This week’s prompt is: Chaos When we go through unforeseen, traumatic events, we can learn a lot about ourselves.  Were we the calm in the eye of the storm or did we freak out over every little thing going on around us.  Did we rise and lead others out of the fire, or were …

Born to the Brothels by Srividya Sheshadri

The rooms were tiny, the hallways and stair cases narrow. Men came in and out – not likely to be customers, we were told, because it was day time. They might have been pimps, or husbands. We saw children as well – running throughout- in their rooms. Apparently at night time, the narrow pathways become …