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

Lost and Found?

Today’s Writing 101 Prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path. Today’s twist: Approach this post in as few words as possible.


A wayward letter

Friends long since lost

Found again

With no address, will the letter find the friend?

Will this search come to an end?

Or will they be lost again?


This is one of my pieces for the WordPress Writing 101 workshop and I welcome any critiques you might offer about the writing in this post.

The Mystery of the Lost Hat

Today’s Writing 101 Prompt: Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more.

Childhood is fleeting. At the time it seems interminable. As kids we often spend time waiting for things to happen. Waiting to be able to play with friends. Waiting for our parents to spend time with us, answer our questions, take us somewhere, answer our questions, play a game with us, answer our questions, get us a snack, answer our questions, pick us up, oh man why can’t they just answer our questions? We just want to know why… We wait to grow taller, be able to do more things when we’re bigger, be in charge of something. So many things to wait for. Everything takes so long to happen. Continue reading