Sibling Rivalry

Today’s Writing 101 Prompt: Write a post based on the contrast between two things — whether people, objects, emotions, places, or something else.

Image of an umbrella with the words Don't Dis Me


Such was the discussion between my six and eight year old daughters en route to school last week. We recently had a wind-related umbrella incident which reduced our pool of umbrellas by one. As a result our eight year old is currently required to share one of her two umbrellas with her sister.

When we are walking to school with umbrellas and it is not actively raining, my six year old prefers to use her umbrella as a walking stick. It has a fine tip for poking into the grass and tapping on the pavement along the sidewalk. My eight year old was not enthusiastic about seeing her umbrella treated in such a fashion.

Sibling Rivalry

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After 40 Years – all the grey falls out

Today’s Writing 101 Prompt: Tell us something about your favourite childhood meal— the one that was always a treat, that meant “celebration,” or that comforted you and has deep roots in your memory.

Today I am 40.

It doesn’t seem like a real number. I don’t know what 40 is supposed to feel like. I think it is supposed to feel older and perhaps more mature than 39. Possibly as demonstrated by more grey hair or less hair or a new power suit or something. Fortunately all my grey hair comes in on the part of my head which is in the process of evicting the hair.

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Life on the Bench

Today’s Prompt: A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry. Write this scene.

Today’s twist: write the scene from three different points of view

Woman on the Bench

I live alone. My children live close by and they visit every week. Some of my grandchildren also live near by and I see them regularly as well. I get together with my friends, a group of women I have known for most of my life, once a week for lunch. We talk about our families, shows we have watched, the world around us and tell lies about friends long gone. Continue reading

A River Escapes from the Ice

Today’s Writing 101 Prompt: Go to a local café, park, or public place and write a piece inspired by what you see.

 Winter has broken.

It was record-breaking in terms of the depth of the cold around here. Spring has taken longer than usual to get started. Lakes are still mostly ice-covered. The rivers are breaking free of the ice faster.

Image of the Ottawa River near Arnprior

This is the Ottawa River as it flows past Arnprior Ontario. Continue reading

A Fascinating Kid

Today’s Writing 101 Prompt: Who’s the most interesting person (or people) you’ve met this year?


As any parent knows the emergence of a child from a newborn is a fascinating process and experience. Over the past year I have watched my daughter go through that process. She has gone from a baby who could only travel by rolling to a little kid who runs to school to pick up her sisters. She only runs at toddler speed, which means that every step looks like she could crash forward onto her face. So far though, so good!

The best way to show who she has become is through photos.

infant in a swing

One of her first times in a swing and she wasn’t so sure about it at six months. Continue reading