Olivia Ohlson, 10, Raises More Than $4K Through Bake Sale to Help Fight Breast Cancer


Olivia Ohlson, 10, held a bake sale to raise money for people affected by breast cancer after her mother, Gini Ohlson, was diagnosed with breast cancer. (Photo: Gini Ohlson)

by Katie Kindelan via abcnews.com

When 10-year-old Olivia Ohlson learned that her mom Gini was diagnosed with breast cancer, she jumped at the chance to help. Olivia, a fifth-grader from Evanston, Illinois, made pink lemonade and baked shortbread cookies with her grandmother to sell outside the family’s home. “I always wanted to have a lemonade sale and when my mom got cancer I wanted to raise funds for women like her,” Olivia told ABC News. “I thought that since I wanted to raise money, I could have a lemonade stand.”

She also contacted local bakeries to ask that they donate cookies for her to sell in the shape of pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness.

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Saturday Mix – Double Take, 28 October 2017

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Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 28 October 2017!

This week we are seeing double with
Double Take

The ‘Double Take’ challenge focuses on the use of homophones* to build your writing piece. You have two sets of homophones and you are challenged to use all four words in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our first homophone set this week is:

draftpreliminary version
draughtgust of wind; a depth of water needed to float a ship

Our second set of homophones is:

findlocate something
finedto have to pay a penalty

You may be thinking to yourself, How can I use homophones in my writing?
Luckily, Kat at Literary Devices, has some examples for you.

Example of Homophones in Literature
This poem is filled homophones (marked in bold). They create a humorous effect in the poem through having the same…

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Norfolk Island


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Today Pegman takes us to the remote former penal colony Norfolk Island.  As always, feel free to use the location to inspire you in any way you wish. There’s no actual street view here, but there are photo sphere pictures as well as a great deal of archival photography.  We do ask you keep it to 150 words as a gesture of respect for your readers and the rules. It’s safe to say that every writer needs practice leaving things out anyway ;-).

Have fun and do your best.  If you have any suggestions for where to send Pegman next, feel free to drop us a line.

Link to this week’s stories here:

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Nails (2017)

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Starring: Ross Noble, Shauna MacDonald, Richard Foster-King, Steve Wall

Director: Dennis Bartok

Dana is a happy woman who is close to her daughter and husband, and lives an active life as a coach. But when she is hit by a car, she finds her life unravelling in her hospital room as she starts to see and experience strange and terrifying things. Is she seeing things or is there really an evil spirit visiting her at night?

Nails is a UK horror, and bases part of it’s scares on the fact that the victim is stuck in one place. She can’t move because of her injuries, and she can’t scream because of damage to her throat. She’s stuck waiting for the creature that lives in the closet decides to take her. That is, if she isn’t hallucinating the whole thing… It’s a really great premise for a film, and…

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October 28th is National Chocolate Day!

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Happy National Chocolate Day!

Did you know the smell of chocolate is a natural calming agent?


Here’s a Foodimentary look at he history of Chocolate 

Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate:

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  • White chocolate originates from the cocoa (cacao) plant, but it is not ‘chocolate.’
  • Switzerland is one of the top countries for chocolate consumption. The Swiss consume about 22 lbs of chocolate, per person, per year.giphy24
  • Most cocoa comes from West Africa.
  • Allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produces the same or even stronger reactions as passionately kissing.
  •  Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Perhaps this is where they saying “Money grows on trees” came from.

Today in Food History

  • 1846 (Georges-) Auguste Escoffier was born. Escoffier was called “the emperor of chefs” and “emperor of the world’s kitchens” by Emperor William II of Germany. He modernized and…

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Remembrance Poetry Open Submissions

Poet Laureate

poppies-2585930_1920To mark Remembrance Sunday I would like to compile a collection of poetry focusing on WW1 & WW2.

Many of you write about war and as long as poems have not been previously published these can be submitted. 

For those of you looking for a prompt I am using the Royal Mail stamp collection as stimuli.


Although we cannot accept poems with these direct quotations we can allow you to use them as a starting point.


Send poems in the body of an email, single spaced to worcspl[at]gmail[dot]com

send 1-3 poems, maximum 40 lines, previously unpublished poems

DEADLINE 10th November

poppy-741342_1920PLEASE NOTE due to the fast turn around of this project successful submissions will be notified with a link.

Poems will be LIVE on the 12th November to mark Remembrance Sunday.

poppy-2550279_1920Many thanks.

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Oct. 28/17

Friday is here and so is your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. There’s not much going on at this end of the world except for work, work, and more work, and the scary-ass pumpkin I have sitting on my kitchen table. And it’s not even carved. I shall endeavour to share a photo sometime in the next few days. In the meantime, here’s your SoCS prompt for this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “which/witch/wich.” Start your post with the word “which” and try to fit the word “witch” in somewhere if you can. Bonus points if you use a word that ends in “wich.” As an added rule this week, you will lose all the points you’ve ever earned if you type “which witch is which” anywhere in your post. Have fun!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here at this…

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