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Floods (6 Stories)

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Floods are one of the most destructive examples of Nature’s power - or of human failure.

Rains, sub-sea earthquakes, and breached dams have brought destruction and death to those in their wake.  Far smaller floods seldom make the news, but also bring personal loss and tragedy to many every year.

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Prison (2 Stories)

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Have you or anyone you know ever been in jail, perhaps for a political protest or even a traffic violation. Perhaps someone has done prison time for a longer stint?  If so, what was the crime?

Or have you worked with the incarcerated as a lawyer or in law enforcement,  or as a teacher,  or a health professional,  or as an advocate for prisoners’ rights or reform of the penal system?

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Strikes

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In 1935 the Roosevelt administration and Congress established that “… employees shall have the right to engage in strikes and other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining…”

In 1980 the Reagan administration defied federal law by forcing striking air-traffic controllers back to work.  Since then strikes and the unions that organize them have been under fire.

Today we are witnessing one of the largest industrial strikes in US history with the nationwide walkout of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and the American Federation of Radio and Television Actors (AFTRA).  After 40 years of labor-relations drought,  the unions are coming on strong.

Have you ever walked a labor union picket line?  Have you ever crossed a picket line?  What has your strike experience been like?

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Libraries (1 Story)

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October is National Library Month,  a time to celebrate libraries!

What influence have public libraries, school libraries,  academic libraries,  or specialized libraries had on your life?

How do you think the need for - and the mission of - libraries is changing in the digital age?  What do you think the most important challenges are for libraries today and why?

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Talking to Strangers (1 Story)

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From early in life we are warned not to talk to strangers and “stranger  danger”  may be drilled into our consciousness.  And in today’s political climate it may seem a realistic warning with hate crimes and xenophobia on the rise.

But sometimes you need to approach a stranger,  and sometimes you may simply want to.  Have you done so with either positive or negative consequences?

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Marriage (5 Stories)

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Most of us are or have been in a marriage, and certainly all of us have witnessed the marriages of relatives and friends.

Shakespeare famously said, "let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments" What do you think makes a good marriage? Can we ever know what goes on in another couple’s marriage?

The contemporary novelist Rebecca Makkah has said, “You’ll never know anyone’s marriage but your own. And even then you’ll only know half of it.”

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Community (6 Stories)

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We gather in communities: families, neighborhoods, states, nations, tribes, subcultures, and communes. Humans are herd-instinct creatures and so we gather. But community is fluid and fragile; it can be improved or harmed from within or without. Despite our herd instincts, some people may choose to live outside the community, or even "off the grid."

How do you experience community? Has your relationship to community changed over time or been altered by people and events? Did love, war, life, death, or Covid change your community and your place in it?  What could community become in the future?

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Retirement (9 Stories)

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Are you retired?  Is your spouse retired or are any of your close friends retired?

If you are,  how did you know when it was time, or was your retirement mandatory?  How has the experience been:  good, bad, or still working it out?

How are you enjoying life now on your own schedule? What are you doing to fill the time?  Do you have too much time on your hands?  By no longer working, do you feel a loss of relevancy or achievement?

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Fire (9 Stories)

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Evidence shows that humanity has used fire for two million years.

We use fire for cooking, for light, to forge tools, and to ward off predators. We've also used fire as a weapon, to destroy property, nature, and as an instrument of torture.

Has fire affected your life? Do you have fond memories of campfires with friends, or romantic candlelight dinners,  or blowing out the candies on childhood birthday cakes?  Or have you unfortunately lost property, loved ones, or suffered injury from a fire?

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Rainy Days (8 Stories)

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Most of us prefer sunny weather and dislike rainy days. If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, how do you handle cloudy skies and winter blues? Or, like Gene Kelly, do you actually welcome the rain?

As a child, what did you and your family like to do when the weather was wet? What do you like to do on rainy days now?

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