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Take the time to brainstorm. No complete sentences, no fixing punctuation, no adjusting the grammar; just write.

Think of one word that is important to you. It can be any word as long as it means something to you. Some ideas: love, family, friendship, marriage, parenting, focus, cherish.

Look up that word in the dictionary. Write the definition down.

Now let your mind wander and write down what you are thinking.

Here is a sample I am working on right now so you get an idea. The word chosen is family.

fam·i·ly (fm-l, fml) pl. fam·i·lies


  1. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.
  2. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place.
  3. All the members of a household under one roof.
  4. A group of persons sharing common ancestry.
  5. Lineage, especially distinguished lineage.
  6. A locally independent organized crime unit, as of the Cosa Nostra.
  7. A group of like things; a class.
  8. A group of individuals derived from a common stock: the family of human beings.
  9. Biology -- A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and above a genus. A family usually consists of several genera.
  10. Linguistics -- A group of languages descended from the same parent language, such as the Indo-European language family.
  11. Mathematics -- A set of functions or surfaces that can be generated by varying the parameters of a general equation.
  12. Chemistry -- A group of elements with similar chemical properties.
    Chemistry A vertical column in the periodic table of elements.


  1. Of or having to do with a family: family problems.
  2. Being suitable for a family: family movies.

ETYMOLOGY: Middle English familie, from Latin familia, household, servants of a household, from famulus, servant

My random thoughts are listed below:

single mother
loss of twin
oldest son given up for adoption
good mom ???
small family
deceased father
mother remarried
3 brothers
1 sister
1 foster sister
teach values
teach virtues
teach spirituality
teach right from wrong
one child gifted
one child slower

As you can see the mind can wander.

0 cherished words:

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