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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!



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

joy angel

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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I’m Not Ready!

I’m not ready yet for snowflakes on my nose and eyelashes, or for hot chocolate and jingle bells. I’m not ready yet!

I see decorated Christmas trees up in the stores and Christmas shopping ads on TV, but I’m not ready yet!

I’m ready for leaf piles and hikes through the woods. I’m ready for sweater weather, but keep your down coat in the closet, please. I’m ready to be grateful for all that I have, and to slow down and enjoy the season of Fall, which is not over yet!

During the month of November, The Spin Cycle is going to take on a new Spin! We’re going to take the Spin Cycle on a field trip!

Part 1: Let’s take the Spin Cycle over to Instagram! Link up your Instagram account here, and then follow other Spinners. Post pictures during the week on Instagram showing us what you are grateful for. Be sure to use the hashtag #SpinCycle (along with #grateful or other hashtags you’d like to use) so we can “heart” your photos!

Link up your Instagram url here!

Part 2: We’ll also take the Spin Cycle over to Pinterest later this week!

Part 3: The Spin Cycle will also take place on our blogs, as usual, and the theme is All About Thanksgiving: giving thanks, recipes, crafts and activities. This linky will stay open all month, and you can link up as many relevant blog posts as you’d like, new or old!

Link up your All About Thanksgiving posts here!


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