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Michael Wagner

Super post Roger!

"The fact that children could easily learn this new system certainly contributed to its success."

I can still hear my Hebrew teacher telling us with a smile on his lips, "I don't know why you are having such a hard time learning Hebrew, there are 8 year old boys in girls in Israel that understand this perfectly."

Vowels are without a doubt one amazing result of "what if" thinking!

Thanks for expanding the love of words and the conversations they give birth to!

Keep creating,

Mr. Zeus

What if? = Imagine

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

Roger von Oech

Mike: Thanks for the comment. I don't imagine your Hebrew instructor's comment made you feel any better!

Mr. Zeus: For your information: the picture of the fool used in the banner of this blog (and also on the Creative Whack Pack) was drawn the day after John Lennon was murdered in December, 1980.

Mark McGuinness

t mst hv bn rll dffclt t ndrstnd wrtng wtht vwls. dnt thnk blggng wd hv bn pssbl!

Jim Ley

What if the Alpha and Omega had stayed dead? Would Saul have become Paul?

Pavel Sokolov

"What if I go to Moscow to study?" Lomonosov (



I sent a letter to ideas@ several days ago and I am afraid it did not make it through spam-filter. I would be grateful if you could let me know what you think about it.


Tom Haskins

Thanks for the question Roger.
What if we are spiritual beings seeking human experiences, not human beings seeking spiritual experiences?

David Anderson


(you've probably done research on this, already...)


is it because he or she is unable to one degree or another, to be "normal"?

is it psychology? (programming) or physical brain difference (hardware) or what?

since apparently each child in each culture must learn "the norms".... is the creative person unable, for some reason, to do so... or is rebellious and non-conformist by nature?

and what if "the norms" we learned as children were very different, in content than the norm learned, generally, today?

Roger von Oech

Jim: Interesting question. Maybe we'd be dealing with the "beta" and "psi" of reality instead.

Pavel: I was unfamiliar with this polymath. [To his later poems he applied an idiosyncratic theory that words containing the front vowel sounds E, I, YU should be used when depicting tender subjects, and those with back vowel sounds O, U, Y - to describe things that may cause fear ("like anger, envy, pain, and sorrow"). This theory is a version of what is known as sound symbolism. Lomonosov published his own history of Russia in 1760. Most of his accomplishments, however, were unknown outside Russia until long after his death.] Thanks for sharing.

Tom: I love it. That's a thought that will certainly get you through the day — or a very long night.

David: Lots o'good questions there. Probably a bit of "yes" to each of them!

Kevin Byington

What if the sun went out everyday at noon for one hour?

We could watch more sunsets and sunrises.
You could take your sweetheart out for a candlelite lunch.
Students could study the stars.
Take your friends snipe hunting.
View Christmas lights and fireworks during the day.
City workers could check for burned out lights.
Take a nap without closing the curtains.
Moonlight madness sales would pop up.
Drive-in movies would make a come back.
Watch the flowers bloom after lunch.


Have you spoken any Finnish? Its the worlds most phonetic language (I've believe). You can spell Finnish words exactly as they sound!

Sid Williams

The Jews added the vowels to the Hebrew text between A|D 750 and AD 950 -- according to the editor of the Masoretic text -- Aaron Dotan.
These corruptors of thev Bible were calle, "Masoretes."
The beauty of Hebrew is that the vowels are "supplied" by the language being translated into. ARB = creating. LA = God.
MYHLA = Gods. MWDA = Lord. YNDA = Lord of [me].
BLA = mourning. BLH = the mourning.
LLH = praising. That is all the vowels we need. See:
Search for free books: "Sid Williams."

Sid Williams

The Second Dark Ages (Satan Loosed A Little; Rev 20.3) was AD 1959-2004.
"Revival 2015" (Rev 20.10) is hastening on.
The Protestants and the Millennium (AD 1859 to Ever) taught: God lives! -- Today! -- on Earth!
All this happiness was taken from men in 1959 -- except the faithful.

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