Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your Favorites

Greetings from Peggy in Southern California where it finally seems summer is coming to a close after some unusually hot weather.

It seems like kids today have many more toys and games of so much more variety than we had when I was growing up. But still I bet most of us had a favorite toy or game along the way.  And some of the basics are still favorites.
Boy and his tools

Did you love Barbies or Ginny dolls? Or perhaps you had a Fort Apache or army set. Maybe your favorite was not just one toy, but something like playing with paper dolls or building models. I recall my brother having these hung all over his room.

A favorite game could be something specific like Chinese checkers of Hungry Hippo, or some activity or imaginary game you liked playing with friends like kick ball or playing school.

Roller skating

Smash ball on the beach
So write about a toy or game you liked in your childhood.  You might describe one memorable day on the ball field, or a stuffed toy you loved, or something you did with a friend. Step back in your memories and see what you come up with.

I look foreword to a glimpse into the past from each of you. If you have written about this in the past please write something new to link this week, as I am sure you have more than one toy or thing you liked to do.

Post on your blog and post a link below with Mr. Linky.
Beloved bears, 1954.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


iPhoto by L. Kolp: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX

So many stories-- real, superstitious, legendary-- revolve around graveyards: restless spirits lurking in the dark waiting to pounce on brave teenagers, cursed cemetery statues, Iowa's black angels. Have you ever heard of the devil's chair? I dare you to sit in one at midnight!

iPhoto by L. Kolp Random front (grave)yard in Louisiana
Cemeteries set the scene in famous books and movies such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, cartoons like Scooby Doo.

This week, write a poem about a graveyard. It can be based on some of the ideas above, or your own experience/thoughts of burying a loved one. Perhaps the pictures will inspire you as well.

One important condition--> Keep the poem at 28 lines or less. 

St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans, La

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

If I Were...


As a child, did you ever dream you were a prince or a princess? Did you like to dress up as Cinderella, a cowboy, an Indian, a doctor or a pirate?

I remember that in primary school we had to draw ourselves doing the job we wanted to have in the future. I drew myself in a riding-school holding a horse by the rein, teaching kids how to ride. A lot of my friends wanted to be nurses or elementary school teachers. What did you answer when the adults around you asked you what you wanted to be when you grow up?

Even today, from time to time, we still imagine ourselves in somebody’s shoes or believe we would do so much better if we were the president or prime minister, or the coach of our favorite team.

If I Were In Charge of the World

If I were in charge of the world 
I'd cancel oatmeal, 
Monday mornings, 
Allergy shots, and also Sara Steinberg. 

If I were in charge of the world 
There'd be brighter nights lights, 
Healthier hamsters, and 
Basketball baskets forty eight inches lower. 

If I were in charge of the world 
You wouldn't have lonely. 
You wouldn't have clean. 
You wouldn't have bedtimes. 
Or "Don't punch your sister." 
You wouldn't even have sisters. 

If I were in charge of the world 
A chocolate sundae with whipped cream and nuts would be a vegetable 
All 007 movies would be G, 
And a person who sometimes forgot to brush, 
And sometimes forgot to flush, 
Would still be allowed to be 
In charge of the world.

(Judith Viorst)

So today I’d like you to write a “If I were” poem. Feel free to be whoever or whatever you’d like to be. What would you do? How would you feel? 

Here are a few ‘If I were” poem titles to get you thinking:
If I were a sparrow
If I were you
If I were another
If I were a book
If I were your answer

Your poem may be serious, touching, philosophical or humorous. You choose. Be bold, be original, be wild as you write your own “If I were’ poem.

After writing your poem, post your link below. And in the spirit of community, visit others as well.