July Journal Topics

Well July has arrived with summer like weather. Heavy rain, high humidity, stifling heat. All the good stuff that makes you want to sit inside with a nice drink and a little bit of writing. So let’s get to it! July journals:

Week 1: Home grown

1: What are some of the benefits to growing some food for yourself? What are the disadvantages?

2: Have you ever tried growing fruits or vegetables for yourself? Why did you decide to start? Were you successful?

3: There is a joke in Canada that no one locks their car doors, except during zucchini season. Zucchini plants produce many zucchini (too many) and very quickly. So farmers (both professional and amateur) always have too many to sell or give away. The joke is that if you leave your car door unlocked, it is likely someone will put their extra zucchini in your car.  What do you do when people give you home grown produce that you don’t want or need?

Week 2: The Beach

1: Have you been to a beach yet this year? What did you do?

2: Where is your favorite beach (in Japan or overseas)? Why do you like it so much?

3: Which do you prefer, spending time in the mountains or by the sea?

Week 3: Take it for granted

1: What is something about where you live that you often take for granted?

2: What is something in your life you are thankful for?

3: Have you ever been surprised by something you used to take for granted?

For example, I used to take for granted that bikes belong on the road and that all cyclists follow the same traffic rules as drivers. It was a bit of a shock and a big adjustment when I came to Japan and had to get used to following pedestrian rules even when cycling.

Week 4: A blessing in disguise

1: Describe a time you had a blessing in disguise.

2: Have you ever had a monkey’s paw? (A monkey’s paw is something that seems good at first, but turns out to be more trouble than its worth. It comes from the short story “The Monkey’s Paw” about a magic monkey paw that will grant your wish.)

3: In what ways might the Trump Administration be a blessing in disguise?