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There Was This One Thanksgiving… {Spin Cycle Prompt}

On Thursday we’re celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S. and I thought it would be fun to remember past Thanksgivings. This week on the Spin Cycle, share memories from past Thanksgivings; traditions, family gatherings or recipes, or write about one Thanksgiving that was really memorable. There was this one Thanksgiving….

Link up your Thanksgiving Spin any day this week!



 

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Light Pollution {Spin Cycle}

We were stopped at a red light. The soccer fields next to me were dark, but I could the lights of the planes lining up to land at O’Hare Airport. Every time I see the twinkling of those artificial stars, I’m in awe. To think that hundreds of people are up in the sky, traveling here for business or pleasure or are just coming home, is amazing.

Straight ahead of us are all the lights of Lutheran General Hospital, with the cross shining at the tip-top of the building. My children were born there. The parking ramp is also glowing. I can even see a huge house across the field that is decorated with an abundance of Christmas lights.

I’m surrounded by artificial lights. As I sit in the car, Ed is in the driver’s seat waiting for the red light to turn green. I look up at the sky, wondering if I’ll see any stars. I don’t. Is it because of the clouds, or because the bright lights are shining too loudly to see any stars?

I’ve been to places where the lights don’t shine so bright. Where you can look up and see the stars in a dark night sky without the halo of the city ruining the view. Where I can see the Milky Way and it really does look like spilled milk. Where I can imagine Abraham being truly awestruck when his God told him his offspring would number the stars.

I’ve made my children stare into that space, that milky, twinkling space full of stars. We were at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and it was way past the girls’ bedtime. But I kept them up anyway. We stood in the middle of the courtyard by our cabin, tilted our heads back and simply gazed at the stars.

Back home, I teach them the rhyme: Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. We strain our eyes to see that first star after the sun sets and twilight descends on the city.

The wishing star is very difficult to spot. We’ll try again tomorrow.

Grand Canyon morning

What did you write this week? It’s Free Choice week on The Spin Cycle–link up your blog post here!



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Writing Every Day {Spin Cycle Prompt}

This is now the 16th day in a row that I have written a blog post for NaBloPoMo. One of the things I love about NaBloPoMo is that it forces me to write. One of the things I hate about NaBloPoMo is that it forces me to write. Even when I’m tired or I don’t have an idea in my empty brain, I need to come up with a blog post. I applaud those of you who are still reading even when I publish words that are not all that interesting to read.

To keep up with NaBloPoMo, I often sit down at my laptop and just start typing whatever comes out first. Some nights it works out better than others. That’s how I wrote Nothing Like a Burger and a Beer and Being A Hostess Is Exhausting.

So in honor of NaBloPoMo being halfway over, this week’s writing prompt for NaBloPoMo is Free Choice! Sit down at your computer and just start typing! No time restraint or word limit, and a topic of your choice! Link it up here any day this week, and I’ll share my Free Choice writing on Friday.



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Clash of the Couples Is On Sale!

Clash of the Couples really is a labor of love. How can that be possible when it’s full of stories about couples arguing? Let me tell you a secret: I’ve only read a few of the stories in this book! However, the ones I have read are told with humor and love! Every couple bickers from time to time…including me and Ed. This book sums up the way a partnership really works. The best way to get over an argument is to laugh about it!

Today you can download your very own copy of Clash of the Couples for just 99¢! Let me tell you, after finding snow on the ground when I woke up and then finding out the heat didn’t work in my classroom, having Clash of the Couple end up on the bestseller list at Amazon would really make my day better!

Here’s a list of my hilarious co-contributors (they really are much funnier than I am):

Clash of the Couples contributors

Of course, if you decided to buy the paperback instead, I wouldn’t mind!

Clash of the Couples on Sale

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Your Spin Cycle Prompt {week of 11/10}

Is there someone you’ve been thinking about that you haven’t seen for a while? Have you been meaning to call someone? Is there someone you would love to reconnect with?

November 10 is Forget-me-not Day, a day to reach out to someone you haven’t seen for a while. This week on the Spin Cycle, write about someone you haven’t seen for a while. Someone you think about all the time or just every so often; someone you’ve reconnected with lately or someone you remember fondly but haven’t seen for ages. Tell us about someone you hope hasn’t forgotten about you.

Forget me not

Spin up your Forget-me-not story any day this week, and then link it up here! I’ll tell you my Forget-me-not story on Friday.



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