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Whether slicing, dicing, chiffonading, or julienning carrots, potatoes and celery or precisely separating turkey meat from its carcass, I take a lot of satisfaction from the details of my work. I’m not as thrilled with the way our extended family chomps down my soup, wipes their mouths on their napkins or sleeves, and then collapses on the couch to watch whatever game is on TV.

Maybe today the family will surprise me, but I doubt it. –Day After Thanksgiving Soup by Debra H. Goldstein

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the cook of the family.

Journaling Prompt: Do you enjoy cooking? What is your favorite dish to make for your family?

Art Prompt: Cooking

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous cooking story.

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There are those who suggests that a child is a tabula rasa when born, a blank page, which remains to be filled out by life experience. That is not true. Children are born with encoded nature of their genetic being, and they are born with a history of their culture and their family infused into their very conception, and as the context into which they are received. This becomes what is innate and in each of us yearns to be heard and recognized, to be named and known in relationship to others-to exist. –In the Moment: Celebrating the Everyday by Harvey L Rich, M.D.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the background of your protagonist, considering genetics, culture, and family history. 

Journaling Prompt: What part of your personality do you believe you were born with and what came through life experiences?

Art Prompt: My personality

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the interplay between innate personality and life experiences in shaping a personality.

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I brought my father’s picture with me so I’d recognize him. –AN OLD PHOTOGRAPH BY WAYNE SCHEER

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a family member that you’ve never met, or never met as an adult.

Art Prompt: My father

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story inspired by an old family picture.

Photo Credit: Ross on Flickr


People who weren’t there like to say that my mother died at home surrounded by loving family. This is technically true, though it was just my brother and me and he was looking at Facebook and I was reading a profile of Hillary Clinton in the December 2009 issue of Vogue. –All about my mother: ‘It’s amazing what the living expect of the dying’-Meghan Daum

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a family dealing with someone who is slowly dying at home.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an experience you had with someone who was dying.

Art Prompt: Dying at home

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about hospice services.

Photo Credit: Lance on Flickr

thurs thunder storm

A spectacular thunderstorm raged like battling dragons outside. We didn’t even try to sleep. We sat in the kitchen across from each other, hands cradling mugs of hot chocolate. Rick had put marshmallows in it, and whipped cream, and just enough cinnamon to give off a delicious scent –Mom and Dad at the Homefront by Sherwood Smith

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a family waiting out a storm.

Journaling Prompt: What does your family do when the lights go out during a storm?

Art Prompt: Hot cocoa

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a dramatic story about a storm you survived with your family.

Photo Credit: Saša Mutić on Flickr

dreadful Thursday

You isolate the single event
As something so dreadful that it couldn’t have happened
Because you could not bear it. So you must believe
That I suffer from delusions. It is not my conscience
Not my mind, that is diseased, but the world I have to live in.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a family fight based on the poem above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your family’s dysfunction.

Art Prompt: Dysfunctional family

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about common types of family dysfunction.

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family portrait

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. –Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: How is your family happy or unhappy? 

Art Prompt: Your Family

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about your family from your childhood. 

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1923 The Brislington Villa murder mystery - Montrose Avenue

Here are two examples of how drama can become the focus of the couple or family interaction. There are probably many other variations on the theme.
  1. Family of origin drama. These are unresolved conflicts and problems relating to the relatives of one partner or the other. These dramas often focus on one or more relatives with problems (legal problems, drug problems, relationship problems, financial problems) and create chaos and conflict between a couple. The couple never arrives at a solution or a reasonable way to deal with the relatives but instead gets wrapped up in blaming and targeting various relatives at various times. Couples sometimes allow these other people’s problems to become all that is talked about. Rather than working jointly on resolving the chaos, the couple is at odds and never come up with a real problem solving strategy.
  2. Chaos and conflict within the relationship. In this situation one or both partners have or create and endless series of problems and crises. One partner may fall into blaming and anger, as when there is the ongoing threat of infidelity and end up “getting even” and creating more chaos. Or one partner may be always in a crisis of some sort, such as a work crisis, a deadline, a perceived threat or any other type of situation that repeatedly takes him or her away and drives a wedge into the relationship. In the latter situation there is often the promise that things will be “normal” after such-and-such is over. But then something always crops up to create more drama. –Linda Hatch PhD

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the information above to create a story involving family drama.

Journaling Prompt: Write about some drama in your family. What did you learn from the reading that might help you avoid it in the future?

Art Prompt: Family drama

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the dynamics of family drama, how to recognize when they are in the midst of it, and what to do to get out of it.

Photo Credit: Paul Townsend on Flickr

Yes that is your grandmother streaking.. take no notice.

While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness, or substance misuse.
These “caregiving youth” are a hidden population who are at risk of school failure and poor health due to the chronic physical and emotional stress of their responsibilities at home, said Julia Belkowitz, MD, FAAP, author of an abstract titled “Caregiving Youth Project: A School-Based Intervention to Support a Hidden Population in Need.”…
Sixty-two percent of the youth caregivers were girls; 38% were boys. The median age of caregivers was 12 years.
Youth caregivers reported spending a median of 2.5 hours each school day and four hours each weekend day performing caregiving tasks at home. Estimates of median caregiving task time reported by family members were slightly lower at 1.5 hours on weekdays and 2.25 hours on weekend days.
These tasks include assisting family members with getting around, eating, dressing, toileting, bathing and continence care. Youth caregivers also kept the family member company, provided emotional support, cleaned the house, shopped for groceries, administered medications, translated in clinical settings and handled medical equipment at home. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a youngster who must care for an elderly member of the family.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about taking care of someone in your family while your peers have free time to spend as they wish?

Art Prompt: Young caregivers

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Talk about the issue of children giving up their time to care for elderly family members. Suggest a solution.

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Famille Guillot, Dijon

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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