MayBE 2023: Day twelve.

‘And what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?’

Books and Conversation.

Words on the page and words spoken are powerful and can inspire us humans to turn toward beauty or toward darkness.

But a gentle conversation can allow for grey and a little bit of tolerance which is what we all need more of in today’s world. A single conversation can open up a world of possibilities.

– Me, 2019

The next few “mayBE” prompts will be inspired by books I am reading currently to spark conversation and to reiterate the theme of “possibility.”

But first…


Pick one:

  • What books are you reading right now? Can you start a conversation about something that has been revealed to you in a book?
  • Go start a conversation.
  • Even better: go start a conversation with an adolescent about something they have been reading.
  • What book leads to interesting conversations?
  • Read Alice again or copy a favorite conversation from the book.
  • Draw a “conversation.”

My favourite Alice conversation:

Alice asks:

‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’

‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.

‘I don’t care much where—‘ said Alice.

‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.

‘—so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.

‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if only you walk long enough.’






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