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Creative Writing, ______: Strange Blessings Texts: Rosario Castellanos and “Tea and Cheese in Turkey” by Alice Waters “The mechanics of my relationships with other beings…are neither sublime nor tragic. Perhaps, a bit ridiculous. We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know, is the first evidence of freedom.” Rosario Castellanos Many students in this class have written about what they don't have while they're in jail, or about how they don't feel free. What are some of the ways you can maintain your freedom while you're here? What has made you laugh, for example? Or who has treated you kindly? How do you write about these “strange blessings”—the kind of stories that contain equal amounts of good and bad? How do you find and express the good in what seems like a bad story? Activity: Read and discuss the Castellanos quote and “Tea and Cheese in Turkey.” Writing prompt(s): Choose one of the following. Write about a time when someone was unexpectedly kind to you, or when you showed kindness to someone else unexpectedly. Write about something or someone that has made you laugh while you were here in TCJC. Or write about a different time when laughter showed up as a “strange blessing,” the good in the middle of the bad.
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