My mother always said . . . Prompt #69

I hope today’s prompt will inspire you to write about your mother, or your mother figure. Prompt:  My mother always said . . . Or: My grandmother always said. . . Or: My [mother figure] always said. . .   Marlene and her Mom, 1959, San Francisco, CA   After you have written your freewrite, if you are inspired. . . polish, revise, edit, review your writing and submit to Lynn Cook Henriksen for her blog and possibly for inclusion in Volume II of Telltale Souls. Click here for details.  


A room from your childhood. Prompt # 62

Sit back, relax. Take a few deep breaths.  Relax into your breathing. Think about rooms from your childhood. Let your mind wander around various rooms: Your bedroom Your parents’ bedroom Your grandparents’ bedroom The room where you ate your  meals . . . kitchen or dining room Your grandparents’ dining room. Here’s an excerpt from Lynn Henriksen‘s book, Give The Gift of Story, TellTale Souls’ Essential Guide*, page 58, excerpt written by Robin. Jamie and I would crawl into our cozy little bed between the softest apple-green sheets that matched the apple-green carpet and the apple-green walls. We took turns as to who had to be squished against the wall and who was to be on the outside nearest Grandma.  We always took turns with everything at Grandma’s house, I figure that’s how she kept the peace. Now, settle into a room from your childhood.  Look around. Really look around. …

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Guest Blogger Lynn Henriksen asks, “Who is this woman you call Mother?”

Guest Blogger Lynn Henriksen invites you on a journey. Who is she, really—this woman you call Mother? What could be more important than looking at your mother as an individual unto herself? Come along with me on a journey into the heart of the Mother Memoir to write a true and telling tale by answering this question: “If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother’s character and keep her spirit alive for years to come, what would it be?” Moving your ego aside and searching purposefully for your mother’s intrinsic character can take some time to put into practice, but it is so worth your energy to discover valuable insights. Do you know what makes (made) her tick? What buoyed or drowned her hopes and dreams? What inspired her joy, tugged at her heartstrings, or thrilled her to the depths of her soul? What enlivened…