Story Starters: Numbers

Story Starters: Numbers

This Week’s Story Starters: Numbers

  • What were your birth statistics (i.e. weight, height, length, time)?
  • How many of the United States can you name—without looking at a map?
  • How many students were in your high school graduating class?
  • What items are currently in your purse? Count and inventory them.
  • What blogs or websites are your top twenty favorites? How many do you visit every day?
  • What amount of time do you spend each day reading? Watching some type of video? Listening to music?
  • How many steps are there from your bed to your office? And how many steps from your bed to your computer?
  • Using a=1, b=2, c=3, and so on; make a math equation out of your name plus your significant others. Add up the value of the letters in your name added to the letters in their name to find out the amount that equals true love.
  • What is your house number?
  • How many people in your immediate family? How many people in your extended family? How many people in your spouse’s family?
  • Dig in your living room furniture. How much money or other fun treats did you find there?
  • Without the help of resource materials or the internet: Who has served as President of the United States? How many did you name?
  • How many stars do you see in tonight’s sky?
  • What is your IP address?
  • What is your favorite number? Why?
  • What is the jersey number of your favorite sports figure?
  • How many people did you say “hi” to today?
  • How long can you hold your breath?
  • What languages, other than English, can you count in? How high can you count in that language?
  • How many DVDs, CDs, or books do you own?
  • What are the prime numbers?
  • In the past week, how many times did you say thank you?
  • If you were David Letterman, what would your Top Ten List be?
  • What is your chronological age? How old do you feel? What is your Wii Fit age? What is your age in dog years?
  • How many photos do you take each day and each week? How many photos or layouts do you have posted in galleries or on Flickr?
  • If you were stranded on a desert island with three friends, two snacks, and one wireless device, who and what would you take with you?
  • What are your top ten blessings?
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    Story Starters: Evenings at Home

    Story Starters: Evenings at Home

    This Week’s Story Starters: Evenings at Home

  • How do your evenings begin at home (i.e. come home from work; pick up kids from daycare; pizza delivered after softball practice)?
  • What things do you to prepare for dinner?
  • How do you spend quality time together after work or school?
  • What goals have to be accomplished in the evening (i.e. homework, chores, cleaning)?
  • What fun activities or hobbies do you partake in at night?
  • What bedtime rituals do you have with your children (i.e. bubble bath; bedtime story; thirty minutes of playtime)?
  • Where do you go for a quick dinner on a school night?
  • Where do you go to run errands on a school night?
  • What amount of time do you spend on work, play, or chores each night?
  • How do the kids earn television or video game time?
  • What rules do you have about bedtime or light’s out?
  • Who plans and prepares the evening meals?
  • Where do you eat dinner and what do you talk about during the meal?
  • How often do you break away from your evening rituals and try something new?
  • What changes happen to your routine during summer or winter break?
  • When and where do the kids do homework?
  • What schedule changes are made due to college courses, team practices, or other lessons?
  • How do you balance time as a parent and time as an adult?
  • How do you relax every evening?
  • What is your number one rule every night?
  • What changes do you make if a birthday or anniversary falls during the week?
  • If visitors come to stay, what changes do you make to your evening routine?
  • Who is in charge of getting everything ready for the next day?
  • What is your bedtime routine?
  • What would you do with thirty extra minutes at night?
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    Story Starters: Lessons Learned

    Story Starters: Lessons Learned

    This Week’s Story Starters: Lessons Learned

  • What is the most important lesson you have ever learned?
  • What learning technique works best for you (i.e. visual, tactile, listening)?
  • What subjects did you enjoy in grade school, middle school, high school, and beyond?
  • What topics would you like to study now?
  • What classes have you taken online, through an art center, or on-one-one with an instructor?
  • What have you learned on your own through research, classroom-in-a-book, or hands-on experience?
  • Who has taught you the most?
  • Where have you gone in search of your passion (i.e. conventions, college, summer internships)?
  • Whose teachings do you admire and wish to meet or start a correspondence with?
  • How do you gain more knowledge or experience in your area of interest?
  • What subjects have you studied out of curiosity?
  • What subjects have you studied for a degree or certification?
  • Who taught you the most life skills?
  • Who gave you the most insight about faith?
  • Who shared the best lessons about being a good parent or spouse?
  • Who showed you how to be a great friend?
  • How do you share the lessons you have learned with others?
  • What “happy accidents” turned into the best lessons?
  • What lesson has made the biggest difference in your career?
  • What lesson has made the biggest difference in your happiness?
  • How do your lessons or classes fit into your life (i.e. on weekends; consider a part time job; learn something new every day)?
  • How often do you take formal classes or attend a seminar?
  • What priority does learning take in your life?
  • What lesson do you wish you had learned at twenty?
  • What lesson do you want your children to learn?
  • If you could teach anything, what would it be?
  • How do you share your knowledge with others?
  • What recent lesson are you excited about (i.e. new recipe; new craft technique; new way to relieve stress)?
  • Who do you wish to thank for the impact their teachings have made on your life?
  • What do you want to learn next?
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    Story Starters: Music

    Story Starters: Music

    This Week’s Story Starters: Music

  • What genre of music do you prefer?
  • What applications or devices do you use to access your song choices i.e. iTunes, Pandora, Sirius, CDs, FM radio, etc.?
  • Who is your favorite recording artist or group?
  • What concerts have you attended?
  • What musical instruments do you play?
  • What musical clubs, groups, or classes have you participated in over the years?
  • Where do you go to listen to your favorite music?
  • When you are in the car, who picks the music?
  • What songs, albums, or musicals have inspired you?
  • How often do you attend live music concerts, shows, or musical productions?
  • What musical would you like to see on Broadway?
  • When you hear certain songs, of whom do you think?
  • What music do you listen to while you exercise, work, or relax?
  • What music do you associate with certain moments in your life (i.e. Journey reminds you of your Senior Prom; Loverboy makes you think of your high school ski trip; Bruce Springsteen brings back your college days)?
  • What songs were part of your wedding? What song was your first dance?
  • What is “your song” for you and your spouse/partner?
  • What songs do/did you sing to your baby or children?
  • What songs do/did you sing with your children/grandchildren?
  • How often do you spontaneously break into song? What do you sing?
  • How often do you wish your children didn’t sing a certain song? How do you stop them?
  • What song or singer will bring you to tears?
  • What is your favorite album or performance of all time?
  • If you could be any musical performer, musician, or composer, who would you be and why?
  • Whose music always brings a smile?
  • What music has the most meaning to your family (i.e. always listen to Bing Crosby while putting up the Christmas tree; Johnny Cash’s albums remind you of your grandmother)?
  • What music do you have on your iTunes/iPhone?
  • What artist’s or group’s music do you collect?
  • What was the first piece of music you ever purchased with your money?
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    Story Starters: Your Personality

    Story Starters: Your Personality

    This Week’s Story Starters: Your Personality

  • What three words would best describe your personality?
  • In what ways does your personality show at home?
  • What personality traits do you use to your advantage at work? Which ones do you try to hide?
  • Which of your personality traits show in your children?
  • What parts of your personality do you like the best?
  • What parts of your personality does your spouse or partner like the best?
  • Over time, how has your personality changed or grown stronger?
  • When did you first feel you were expressing your true self (how old, what situation, etc.)?
  • Who, among your friends and family, brings out certain parts of your personality?
  • How do you let your “freak flag fly” (lol – from the movie The Family Stone, i.e. not be afraid to show your true goofy self)?
  • What traits have you worked to change or improve?
  • Whose personality do you see in yourself (mother, great aunt, best friend from second grade)?
  • How does your personality show when you are happy?
  • What effect does your personality have on how you make decisions for yourself or as a family?
  • What effect does your personality have on your choices in your clothing, books, home decorating, car, meal prep, and general family life?
  • What parts of your personality show most when you are silly?
  • What parts of your personality do you keep hidden from your co-workers, your kids, your friends, your spouse, or your parents?
  • How does your personality show in your cooking?
  • How does your personality show in your artwork or writing?
  • How do you express your personality on your blog?
  • What personality traits do you hope your children will emulate?
  • What personality traits do you hope your children will not pick up from you?
  • If you could pick one part of your personality to feature, what would it be and why?
  • How does your personality show in your expressions?
  • What part of your personality shows the best part of you?
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