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On the morning of November 6, 2011, Sky Elijah Metalwala (born September 6, 2009) of Redmond, Washington, United States, was reportedly sick. His mother, Julia Biryukova, said she put him and his older sister in the car along a Bellevue street to go to a nearby hospital; along the way she stated that she ran out of gas, leaving Sky in the car while she went to get help; when she returned he was gone and has not been seen since.

The situation was reported to police, who soon came to doubt Biryukova’s account since her car was found to have enough gas in its tank and was in working order. It also shared similarities with an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that had been rebroadcast in the Seattle area the night before. Shortly before, Biryukova had decided to withdraw from a mediated custody agreement that was the last stage of an acrimonious divorce from Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala. Solomon has remained active in assisting police with the investigation, believing Sky’s disappearance was related to the custody dispute.

Biryukova has been less cooperative with the police, although she claims to have no more idea than her ex-husband of what happened to Sky. Although there have been allegations that she neglected Sky when he was in her custody, and state child-welfare agencies have tried to remove a child she had with a later husband with a history of abuse, police have made a “strategic decision” not to charge her with child endangerment for leaving her son in the car on the day he disappeared, to keep their options open if they learn more about Sky’s fate. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a missing child where the parent(s) is/are the suspects.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about parents who harm or kill their children? How do you feel about people who are accused of this with no proof?

Art Prompt: Missing child

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of a famous missing child case.

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Women have a dominant role in the matrilineal society of Meghalaya. The youngest daughter of the family inherits all ancestral property. After marriage, husbands live in the mother-in-law’s home. The mother’s surname is taken by children. When no daughters are born to a couple, they adopt a daughter and pass their rights to property to her. The birth of a girls is celebrated while the birth of a son is accepted. There is no social stigma attributed to a woman remarrying or giving birth out of wedlock as the “Khasi Social Custom of Lineage Act” gives security to them. Women are known to intermarry outside their tribe. The women who enjoy all the rights live an independent life, dress well, attend church, and many prefer not to get married. They enjoy total security, unlike the rest of the country. A successful career women of this society feels that “their societal anomaly” has enabled her to be successful in every way. Most small businesses are managed by women. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a matrilineal society.

Journaling Prompt: How would your life be different if your culture was matrilineal?

Art Prompt: Tracing back through your mother’s family

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the influence of your mother and grandmother in your life.

Photo Credit: BeccaSaul- on Flickr

world war i soldiers

I don’t know how I can write it. Perhaps I can because I can’t believe it’s true. I want to wake up and have that wonderful feeling you do after a nightmare: it didn’t happen, it wasn’t real.
But this is real. Mogens came home this evening to tell us he has enlisted. He is now a private in the Third London Battalion, the Rifle Brigade.-Anna’s Book by Barbara Vine

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a young man enlisting for a war from the point of view of the mother.

Journaling Prompt: Consider someone close to you. How would you feel if he/she enlisted for a war. Write about your feelings.

Art Prompt: Going off to war.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a touching story of a mother’s sacrifice.

Photo Credit: Mike Steele on Flickr

toddler tantrum

In their second and third years of life, then, boys decisively will turn away from their mother. They de-identify with what she is. But their pulling away, their protective shield, may involve a number of anti-female defenses. And so it may be that the price males pay for de-identification is a disdain, a contempt, sometimes even a hatred for women, a disowning of the “feminine” parts of themselves and an enduring fear of intimacy because it undermines the separation upon which their male identity has been founded.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a man whose protective shield blocks him from having any meaningful relationships.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a man you know who can’t identify with the feminine aspects of his being. How does that affect his relationships?

Art Prompt: De-Identification with Mom

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience why de-identification with your parents is important and give them strategies for making sure that they have a healthy relationship with all aspects of themselves.

Photo Credit: Jessica Lucia on Flickr

My mother was waiting in front of our house when I rode up in a taxi. –In the Country by Mia Alvar

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 memory you have of your mother.

Art Prompt: Taxi

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a touching story about your mother.

Photo Credit: Dennis Skley on Flickr


Perhaps it was the wishful thinking – the hoping – a mother has for her child that he will find success, find happiness. Find his place in the universe. She ignored the obvious signs of what he was becoming. –Claus: Legend of the Fat Man by Tony Bertauski

Fiction Writing Prompt: Start a story based on today’s reading. What is the son becoming and what signs is the mother ignoring?

Journaling Prompt: Write down your hopes for your children.

Art Prompt: A mother’s blind spot

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about how your mother doesn’t see you as you are.

Photo Credit: Alice on Flickr

Argument Between a Little Man and a Big Man

…family estrangement can be one of the most painful and devastating events in one’s lifetime. Family estrangement is generally defined as a reaction to intense emotion or conflict resulting in the distancing or loss of affection between one or more members of a family, where at least one party is dissatisfied with the situation. When family members stop speaking and when they stop contact, this is termed physical estrangement. When family members have infrequent, perfunctory, and often uncomfortable contact, this is termed emotional estrangement. People who are emotionally estranged often compare family interactions to ‘walking on eggshells’. A person might actively pursue estrangement from family members or become estranged because of the decision and rejection of one or more members.
…one US study of adult-children found that 7% reported being detached from their mother and 27% detached from their father. Detached relationships were characterised by infrequent or no contact or support, feeling distant from the parent, having different values to the parent and rating family as a low priority.  –Dr. Kylie Agllias

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a character who is estranged from a parent in one of the ways described above.

Journaling Prompt: How has estrangement affected your family or someone you care about? 

Art Prompt: Family estrangement

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem of family estrangement and how it affects the extended family.

Photo Credit: MIT OpenCourseWare on Flickr

Mother o' Mine  .. Happy Mothers Day

It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of mother a child has lost, or how perilous it may be to dwell in her presence. It doesn’t matter whether she hurts or hugs. Separation from mother is worse than being in her arms while bombs are exploding. Separation from mother is sometimes worse than being with her when she is the bomb.
For the presence of mother – our mother – stands for safety. Fear of her loss is the earliest terror we know. –Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst

Fiction Writing Prompt: Work on your character sketch, then write a story about your protagonist’s relationship with his or her mother at different ages.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings for your mother and how they change over time.

Art Prompt: Separation from mother

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching or humorous story about your relationship with your mother.

Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick on Flickr