June 25, 2009


Summer is that time of year when I
act freer, see things brightly and remember.

Living in the old house on 1048 Central Ave
in St. Paul. No AC, just rattling fans in strategic
places with shades pulled down and curtains drawn.

Fruit in abundance, not just the
apples, oranges, and bananas
but also the strawberries, blueberries,
cantaloupe, honeydew and cut up
watermelon before bed in cotton pj's.

Riding bikes in blazing heat around
the neighborhood, hanging out at the
playground, meeting and making new

Walking with my sisters to get
dipped ice cream cones from
Dairy Queen down the block.
Happy to share the time with
just them.

Remembering the hot trip to Philly
in 1977. Staying at Grandma and
Grandpa's with mom while my older
brother and sister went to Aunt Alma's
store or to New York city with Uncle Junior.

Summer is youth, fresh, and bubbling over
with sunshine. It is snippets of photos, flashing
through the slide projector. It comes and
goes too fast...

Lori Young-Williams

June 16, 2009

Summertime: Writing Prompt June 16-22

Let's kick off our writing prompt with Summertime. George Gershwin wrote
Summertime, when the livin' was easy. When you hear the word Summertime, or
Summer, what do you think of? Who is or is not with you in the Summertime?
Where do you go in the Summertime?

Please submit your blogs on this topic by midnight on Monday June 22nd. While this is not a "strict" deadline, we will be posting a new prompt the following week, but if inspiration strikes you past this "deadline" please feel free to share your words.

We would love to have your thoughts poems, esaays, prose pieces on this topic,
we want to hear from you! Please see the "How to Become an Author" blog
entry for further information on responding to this and all future prompts.