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It's Fall: A Writing Challenge by Lori Colbo

Updated on November 5, 2018
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Lori has been writing fiction since she first caught the writing bug at age nine.

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It's Fall

Well, fall is in full swing. The drive down the country highway where I live is a resplendent feast; the thrill of dancing, cascading leaves across the road; crisp air; and the scent of wood stoves burning Fir and Cedar logs. I find Autumn quite intoxicating so I have been out taking photos. We had a streak of beautiful blue skies with warmer temperatures, but now cold, rain, and a little wind are doing their thing. It is the Pacific Northwest after all.

Thanksgiving is in a few weeks and my mouth is already salivating for tender, moist turkey, my favorite stuffing recipe, and pecan and pumpkin pies. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (Easter a very close second) because there is no need for commercialism, fairy tales we have to tell our children, and it is (or should be) about gratitude. Every day should be Thanksgiving.

Having said all that, the day after Thanksgiving should be put to a stop. Black Friday should be named Greedy Friday. It's appalling that the day after we celebrate a holiday where we give thanks for all that we have, and the next day deranged, greedy mobs come out of their carb coma from the day before and wrestle, push and shove over super sale merchandise. I refuse to partake. Shame on retailers for starting this trend, they are greedy too. It spoils Thanksgiving in a way. Especially while at the dinner table with friends and family the night before and a person or two or three start talking about where they are going to shop the next day and what they want to get and how early in the morning they need to line up outside the door of the store they want to shop at.

Enough about that. With the inspiration of fall color and Thanksgiving, I thought it would be nice to share a brief video I took a year or so ago. It was at the local library parking lot. I was waiting for it to open and thought how stunning it was to see the wind in the fall trees through my rainy windshield. I put it to music. Enjoy, then move onto the challenge.

Fall Rain Symphony

The Challenge

In honor of fall and Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to have a writing challenge on either/or. I am posting a few photos. The one at the top of this article is of a small country church out where I live. It was so bright out when I took the picture I couldn't see much through the camera viewfinder on my phone. I just held it up in the direction of the church and snapped. When I saw the picture later at home I was struck by how the sun shining on the cross on top of the church made it glow a bit. Kind of cool, eh?

There are two other photos below. One is an outdoor staircase (it goes up to an over-the-garage apartment but it doesn't have to be in your story or poem) and the other is the little graveyard next to the church. If you'd like to take this challenge, you may choose one, two or all three images to craft a poem or short story. Please tie in fall and/or Thanksgiving. Send me your response through my "Contact author" with the link and I will put it at the bottom of this hub.

And now, the final challenge.

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Give Thanks

Simply write in the comments, or incorporate in your writing three things you are thankful for.

Here are mine:

I am thankful for God is my life who is the Creator and giver of all things.

I am thankful for my sons and 14 grandchildren. I have the opportunity to speak into their lives wisdom I've picked up over my 62 years, but they inspire me a lot more and I learn from them when I listen to them.

I am thankful that despite my very low income, I have everything I need. Poverty in America is wealth in the eyes of countries around the world who are lucky to have a meal every day. I live in a 400 square foot trailer and have a full refrigerator, a closet full of clothes, a TV and a laptop, and an old but very reliable car.

© 2018 Lori Colbo

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    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      7 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Jackie, happy new year to you too. God bless.

      Dora, that's quite a list, and a good one. Thanks for sharing it. Blessings to you in the new year.

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      Lori Colbo 

      7 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Linda Jo, you are a blessing. I am thankful for you and what you have to share here on HP. Blessings in this new year.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      I'm late too, for the challenge but not for giving thanks.

      I'm thankful for the opportunity I had to experience snow and winter, and for the experience I have now to appreciate them from a distance.

      I'm thankful for family. My children arranged for all of us including their father who is no longer my husband, to spend Thanksgiving together. We, all including the grandchildren, enjoyed the gathering and were blessed.

      I'm thankful for the presence of Jesus in my daily walk.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Wish I had seen this in time Lori, I may have taken part. I just don't get email notices as I once did and never even know when someone has visited my hubs unless I come to check.

      I do love your photos and totally agree the same is true for me, that I have no wealth but would look a rich person to many in the world. God takes care of me and I try to always trust Him to do that.

      Hope you had a Merry Christmas and do have a Happy New Year.

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      Lori Colbo 

      9 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks for sharing Bill. God bless you and your family. You are indeed blessed. And I offer thanks to you as well for all your encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving.

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      William Kovacic 

      9 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I'm thankful for God's faithfulness to me. I don't deserve His continuing love and protection over me. I've walked away from Him so many times, but He's always there when I get myself straightened out.

      I'm thankful for my dear wife and family. The holidays would not be the same without them, and I don't take it for granted as I realize how many families are broken today.

      I hope you don't mind me saying I'm thankful for you - a prayer partner, a mentor of sorts, an encourager, a friend.

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      Lori Colbo 

      9 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I hope you will John. HP didn't like the quality of my hub here so I took out the recipe until I can make it work better.

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      John Hansen 

      9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      An enjoyable article, Lori. Thanks for the recipe too. I love the season of Fall (we call it Autumn) but it is currently Spring/Summer here. Hopefully, I can find time to do the challenge but I can't promise it. Thanks.

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