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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Europe (excluding the United Kingdom) (02/19/09)

TITLE: Another chance
By Iris VanDeventer-Whitney


You writers of Faith Writers 500, you may never realize how fortunate I feel right now. When I noticed the topic for this week was on Europe. I got excited. I was going to submit my article on the UK; it had so many good tips in it. We could all become royalty and enjoy the better things in life. But alas, I didnít take the time to really read the article, and when I did; I noticed the [excluding UK] part, and there goes my story plot for this weeks contest.

Now, Iím perplexed. See, I was going to submit my paper on Joy and Pam, plus the friend they met in Rome, Italy. Thatís Europe. However, thereís a problem, I submitted it last week!

Now, since Iím serious about the writing business, I sat down here at my Microsoft Word page with a World Geography Today, copyrighted 1960, school book. I realize it could be stretching the imagination a bit, concerning the ĎTodayí in the title. However, I believe any one with any ingenuity can learn to utilize the materials at hand.

This was not my school book, I might add. I got this book, somehow, from my mother. She was always dragging books in from a sidewalk sale, or a Library book sale. Iím happy she didnít take to cats! Not that I have anything against cats, especially if they come from Western Europe. Whew, that was close. I almost forgot Iím supposed to be writing on Europe; [excluding UK].

I could relate a few things I remember from World War 11. I was ten years old when it started. We were all so patriotic in those days. We saved aluminum foil off gum wrappers and rolled it in a big ball; for the war effort. We couldnít buy gas, clothing or food without using the proper number of coupons; each family was given a certain amount, according to the family size. Coupons were money.

You are wondering how Europe fits in here. We were fighting Germany and Japan, plus Italy. I will not add that the UK also fought along with us, as that was last weekís topic. Not to mention Italy.

As we were at war with Japan, the production of silk stockings ceased. Now that played havoc with the ladies. The good old American ingenuity kicked in. A leg make-up came on the market and the girls got good at applying it; even to having seams up the back of the legs.

When the allies defeated Germany, the country was divided between the US, Russia, and the British Zone. Russia had Eastern Zone and most know how that turned out. Berlin was divided into Eastern and Western zones. The Germans in Eastern Berlin would have starved, if not for the Good Old USA. The Russians blockaded the city and the citizens were starving, the Berlin Wall was built to keep the people from leaving and going to Western Berlin. Try and read all the devices people rigged up to get into Western Berlin. It is astounding! Tons of food and supplies were flown over Eastern Berlin and dropped into the city. Flying Fortressís left every few minutes, twenty-four hours a day, and seven days a week for many months, a true life line to the city.

Class dismissed. Sorry about the history lesson. That is; if thereís anyone still with me.
I know these writing are to help us grow as writers. We learn to develop and write on a specific topic; we learn how to meet a dead-line, as well.

I am feeling good about things now. I feel I have caught on, at last. Iím sure I will get a ĎWinnerí email in my mail.

Thereís much more I could write about Europe. France is in Europe, The northern and western area is part of the Great European Plain. Which, I understand is fertile land. You know Iíd better check that out. It may not even be there any more!

If you think Iím showing off. Donít. Thereís a lot I donít know. I hope we get Ice Land as a subject; I want to find out where it is.

I think Iíve decided what to do. Iím going to write a bunch of stories about Pam and Joy.
Then, all Iíll have to do is insert the new city weíre given, into the script. I knew Lucy wouldnít forsake me. Man, are we a pair!

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Karen Heslink02/26/09
Actually, I enjoyed the history lesson because it was from your personal memories which often make the best writing. So if I were you, I would continue to try to base my entries on personal memories and experiences! Thanks for sharing.
Millicent Pat-Nwaoyo03/02/09
Thanks for sharing, keep writing. I look forward to reading the article about Pam and Joy.
Phyllis Inniss03/02/09
I enjoyed your entry and the way you handled it in a humorous manner. You certainly used ingenuity here to handle a topic you felt you might not be sure about or that is the impression you gave. Good job.