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Once upon a time, there were two trees. They shared the earth and spread their roots into the dark, rich earth. Each spring filled their branches with green foliage. With the coming of summer, the trees would display bountiful bunches of beautiful yellow flowers. These flowers would remain until the fall when they would produce many clouds of seeds and a friendly breeze would spread these seeds throughout the region.
The years passed. One of the trees grew tall and continued to produce fine-looking leaves, beautiful flowers and bountiful seed. The second tree did not grow as tall but also continued to display fine-looking leaves and beautiful yellow blossoms.
More years passed. The shorter tree struggled to match the taller tree but caught only fleeting moments in the sunshine when breezes moved the branches of the taller tree and allowed rays to pass through its branches. Even so, the shorter tree continued to produce foliage and flowers albeit the size, number, and quality diminished with each passing year. It twisted its trunk and grew uneven branches in an attempt to reach the joys of the sun but it remained in the shadow of the taller, larger tree.
In time, the smaller tree produced only meager foliage and its blossoms were small and pale. Some years the blossoms displayed petals of pink instead of yellow. As more years passed, the smaller tree grew only foliage and these leaves were sparse in numbers, uneven in shape and no more than a pale green in color, hanging lethargically from the twisted misshapen branches.
The two trees continued to share the rich, dark earth, entwining their roots and sharing the waters of the soil. Since the smaller tree needed less food and water, its roots had no need to grow as large or to extend to the farther reaches of the earth.
The years passed. Storms ravaged the region. Winds took their toll. Trees succumbed.
One spring, the smaller, sheltered tree no longer stood in a shadow. It no longer was reduced to fleeting glimpses of the generous rays of the sun. The smaller tree had no need to share the riches of the earth and the moisture from the rains.
The years passed. However, regardless of its need to no longer share its resources, the smaller tree continued to be small, to produce sparse foliage. It produced no blossoms and no seeds.

I was motivated to write this mini-story after watching two little girls who were sisters. One sister was quite assertive, a trait that, no doubt, stood her in good stead as an adult. However, the shy, smaller girl would show a flair at something only to be outdone by her sister. The actions of her sister didn't seem to be on purpose, just a different personality. Watching them, I wondered how different that little girl would be as an adult if she were developing in a different setting. I vascillated on the ending and then decided that Cinderellas don't always become princesses...

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Comment by Marianne Perry on March 26, 2013 at 1:04pm
Good Afternoon. Just getting started. I'm an author whose writing is inspired by solving family mysteries through genealogy. I enjoy listening to people's stories and hope to read some here. My weekly blogs will explore genealogy, writing and family dynamics. please visit when you have time. LOoking forward to meeting everyone. Thanks!
Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on October 21, 2012 at 10:49am

From Wooden Horse digital magazine -

Dear readers,
This was a week when everyone agreed on the questions.
Is it the death of one magazine, or a spreading epidemic that soon will wipe out an entire category?
Was it a natural death, or self-inflicted?
Is print, as a species, doomed to extinction?
But if we all shared the same questions, the answers depended greatly on what beliefs you brought to the table.
“Babies born now will never read anything in print.  Face the reality that print will eventually go away,” said Ben Horowitz, technology entrepreneur, speaking at the American Magazine Conference on October 17, 2012.
“Print is not dead.  NEWSWEEK* is committing suicide...” wrote Samir Husni, Mr. Magazine, in his blog entry for October 18, 2012—shortly after he tweeted that Tina Brown is the Dr. Kevorkian of the newsweeklies.  Ouch.
The juxtaposition of Newsweek’s print demise and the national magazine conference, in the same week, brought into sharp focus the industry’s most basic survival issues.
It also divided those involved with the industry according to their “religions,” pitting Print True Believers who love the medium, like Husni, against Digital Zen adherents like Horowitz.  Others, who are Media Pragmatists, expressed the belief that while some magazine categories, such as fashion, may always have some physical print presence, screens and channels are destined to be where content lives out its life.
The truth is that Newsweek, like all newsweeklies, carried special burdens.  A weekly publishing schedule freights a magazine with higher printing and distribution costs.  And there was the squeeze of being caught between the frenzied 24/7 news cycle of the Internet and cable, and monthly magazines, like THE ECONOMIST*, which have the time to produce quality, in-depth journalism with context.  Unable to be truly timely on one end or give thoughtful examination on the other, Newsweek often compensated with sensationalism and superficiality.
Will the magazine find contentment in its digital afterlife?  Your answer may depend on your religion.

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on September 12, 2012 at 9:42am


I have touched the waters on the east coast, off Cape Breton and off N.S.
I have put my foot in the waters of Hudson Bay, and I have put my foot in the waters off B.C. and crossed them to Vancouver Island.
I have seen my country from coast to coast to coast.

I have been to the Florida Keys and the Everglades. I've seen the Grand Canyon from both sides. I've ridden down Ausable Canyon and been to New York and Philadelphia. I've been to the Eskimo Museum in Hudson Bay and I've stood by the hoodoos in Alberta. In Halifax, I've watched the finish of the Marble Head to Halifax boat race. I've ridden the last train to cross Newfoundland. I've driven the beautiful Cabot Trail. I have ridden the bus across my land from Toronto to Vancouver and along the way visited Moose Jaw and Calgary and gone camping in Dinosaur Provincial Park. I have seen some of my country and some of our neighbour's lands.

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on May 21, 2012 at 11:17am

Canadian Authors Association
May 21, 2012                                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2012 Literary Awards Shortlist Announced by Canadian Authors
May 21, 2012 - The shortlist for the Canadian Authors Association's 2012 Literary Awards was announced last night at the association's CanWrite! conference in Orillia, Ontario.
The shortlist is as follows:
CAA Award for Fiction
Patrick deWitt, Portland, Oregon, for The Sisters Brothers, published by House of Anansi Press
Helen Humphreys, Kingston, Ontario, for The Reinvention of Love, published by HarperCollins Canada
Miriam Toews, Toronto, Ontario for Irma Voth, published by Alfred A. Knopf
Lela Common Award for Canadian History
Douglas Gibson, Toronto, Ontario, for Stories About Storytellers, published by ECW Press
Richard Gwyn, Toronto, Ontario, for Nation Maker - Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times, published by Random House Canada
Jonathan F. Vance, London, Ontario, for Maple Leaf Empire: Canada, Britain, and Two World Wars, by Oxford University Press
Award for Poetry
E.D. Blodgett,Surrey, British Columbia, for Apostrophes VII: Sleep' You' a Tree, published by University of Alberta Press
Brian Henderson,Kitchener, Ontario, for Sharawadji, published by Brick Books
Goran Simić, Edmonton, Alberta, for Sunrise in the Eyes of the Snowman, published by Biblioasis
The winners of all three genres will be announced at the CAA Literary Awards dinner on Saturday, July 28, 2012, during the Leacock Summer Festival at the Leacock Museum National Historic Site in Orillia, Ontario. The shortlisted authors will be invited to read from their works during the Festival as well.
Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards continue the association's long tradition of honouring Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. The above nine finalists were selected from nearly 300 nominations.
Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to carry out its goal of "writers helping writers" since its inception. Some 25,000 writers have been members of the CAA in its 91-year history, including Bliss Carman, Nellie McClung, and Robert W. Service.
Information about the CAA Literary Awards and this year's shortlisted authors is available at

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Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on October 6, 2011 at 11:30am
Thank you Lynne G. for reading my latest story.
Comment by Lynne G. on October 4, 2011 at 6:25pm

Hi Edward!  I am a reader, not a writer, so look forward to something you may care to post!  

Hope you enjoy Zoomers!

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on September 8, 2011 at 10:53am
Got held up by hurricane Irene before I could come home.
Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on September 8, 2011 at 10:52am

I posted a story about a Christmas Party and then went off to PA to my sisters unexpected funeral. I've been on other groups since returning and running around prior to my birthday party Sunday.

Been thinking this morning before I got up, about writing a story about all the moves I/we made in my life - a rolling stone? Not by my choice.


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