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Mud Season

The four seasons are why I love living in the Midwest. The past few winters, however, have almost done me in. It seemed like every single Saturday morning, I was slipping and sliding in my minivan on the way to piano lessons. As much as I love snow, I was tired of spending my afternoons shoveling the driveway. And then there was the cold! The polar vortex visited us a couple of winters in a row, and school was cancelled because of the subzero temperatures.

Well, we had none of that this year. Winter is not done with us yet, I know, and I did have the sump pump pipe freeze on me because of the extreme cold, but those subzero temperatures didn’t last long. The sun is shining and the birds are singing on this beautiful February morning. Spring is coming!

In the excitement of throwing the windows open to release the stale air and let fresh air inside and throwing the kids outside to play, I forgot; when you mix kids with warm air and melting snow drifts, you get mud. Mud tracked into the house on boots and smeared on hands.

Mud pie

But I love it anyway. I love seeing the buds grow on the trees and slowly turn green and green shoots pushing through last year’s brown, dried-up leaves. I love opening the windows even when it’s not quite warm enough to open the windows. I love kicking the kids outside to play.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Without winter, the long, cold, snowy winter, Spring would not be so fresh and new and green.

Lily skateboarding

What is your favorite season?

Pick one (or more) and write about the prompt on your blog. Then come back here to link up your blog post! Don’t forget, the linky will close on February 29th!

1. On Groundhog Day, the groundhog is supposed to tell us when Spring will arrive. What is your favorite season and why?

2. Company’s coming! What is your favorite recipe to make when you have guests?

3. Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14. Do you have a craft or cute Valentine ideas to share with us?

4. 2016 is Leap Year. If you had no other obligations, what would you do with an extra day?

The linky will be open all month long! But remember, this is the shortest month of the year, so you only have 29 days to write!



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February Writing Prompts

Along with a new month comes new writing prompts! Pick one (or more) and write about the prompt on your blog. Then come back here to link up your blog post!

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1. On Groundhog Day, the groundhog is supposed to tell us when Spring will arrive. What is your favorite season and why?

2. Company’s coming! What is your favorite recipe to make when you have guests?

3. Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14. Do you have a craft or cute Valentine ideas to share with us?

4. 2016 is Leap Year. If you had no other obligations, what would you do with an extra day?

The linky will be open all month long! But remember, this is the shortest month of the year, so you only have 29 days to write!

 


Some extra “notes” about the writing prompts: I decided to stop paying for Linky Tools, so I’ve switched to the free version of InLinkz. Let me know how it’s working for you!

Due to the small number of participants, I’ve also decided to have writing prompts monthly. The linky will be up all month, and I’ll have reminders throughout the month to link up your writing.

I’m the third curator of The Spin Cycle, and it’s evolved into a different writing prompt then the way it started many years ago with its creator, Jen from Sprite’s Keeper. I’d like to make this writing prompt my own. Do you have any suggestions on a new name for a writing linky?

Please leave a comment; I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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New

This week’s writing prompt is NEW.

Did you start a new tradition? Did you get something new over the holidays? Do you have a new resolution or goal for the New Year? Maybe you need something new in the New Year!

Write your Spin about something NEW to end this year and start the next! The Spin Cycle linky will be open until Sunday, January 10th!

In the meantime, I will be attempting to catch up on my own writing and blog posting. See you again soon!



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When Will Chicago Find Peace?

View of the skyline from the top of the ferris wheel on Navy Pier

The story of a nine year old boy being lured into an alley to be shot to death shattered my heart. The fact that it was gang related makes no difference to me; nine year old boys should not be afraid of being shot in an alley. This is a fear my children will never know. There are rarely any shootings in our Chicago suburb. My children won’t be lured into an alley; their father (or mother) are not gang bangers.  I am not afraid of stray bullets flying through my living room.

How can I help prevent these violent crimes? I could vote for stricter gun laws, which I am inclined to do, but many of the guns in these crimes are obtained illegally. I could vote for politicians who will be tough on crime, but I’m only allowed to vote for Cook County politicians, not City of Chicago politicians. What, then, can I do to help bring peace to our city?

The shootings in Chicago are out of control, but violence doesn’t require a gun. Nor does violence only happen in urban areas. When I was teaching in a small rural town, a young teacher didn’t show up for work one day. She hadn’t called for a substitute and didn’t answer the phone. The principal drove out to her farmhouse and discovered something simply horrifyingly. My colleague had been strangled with a telephone cord, presumably by someone she knew.

I just don’t know the answers. I wish I did. What can I do?

Well, I can continue to do what I’m doing. I can give my students a hug or high-5 when they walk into the classroom. I can help them feel safe when they are at school. I can teach my preschoolers to be kind to each other; to share; to not hit; and when something happens, to say, “I’m sorry.” I can help start them on the right path.

Even the mayor of Chicago must have (belatedly) remembered what he learned as a child. When you do something wrong, you need to apologize.

Rahm Emanuel

Will peace ever come to Chicago? I’m not sure it can. But here’s something else I can do; I can hope.



Join us for the month of December with these #SpinCycle writing prompts. Be sure to add the Spin Cycle button to your blog post to tell others about the Spin Cycle!

Week of Dec. 7-11 : Peace
Week of Dec 14-18 : Joy
Week of Dec. 21-25 : Love
Week of Dec. 28-Jan. 1: New

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December Spin Cycle Prompts

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As we enter into the holiday season, I have a whole month of writing prompts for you. Be creative as you write; put your “spin” on it! Then come back here for the month of December to link up your posts.

Week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4 : Hope
What does hope mean to you? Are you hopeful? Do you want to give others hope? Do you remember which Star Wars movie is subtitled “A New Hope?” Be serious or silly as you think about this prompt, and link up your final product here!


Week of Dec. 7-11 : Peace
Week of Dec 14-18 : Joy
Week of Dec. 21-25 : Love
Week of Dec. 28-Jan. 1: New

There’s only one more day to link up your Thanksgiving posts–be sure to link it up below!

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