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PE Pleasures and Perils (9 Stories)

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Love it or hate it, we had to take physical education. Whether it was being beaned in dodge ball or picked first or last for a team, what was memorable for you? Has PE changed for your kids? Think back … tell us about your best (or worst) teachers and times in the gym. Share your story of PE pleasures and perils forward.
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Social Media Friendships (2 Stories)

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Facebook and social media have changed the nature of friendship. Have you acquired a circle of virtual friends? What is the impact of having friends you never see in person? Has social media improved people’s lives by giving access to more people, or is not seeing folks in the flesh or talking to them on the phone a detriment to relationships? Think back… Did you ever have a pen pal or maintain a friendship through correspondence? How is social media different from that experience? Share your social media friendship stories forward.
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College Majors as Career Gaugers (1 Story)

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As colleges finish the academic year, students take a deep breath and start to plan for next year. Think back . . . to the time when you had to declare a major. Did your choice back then have any connection to the career you ended up in, or did you take a different path? Did you wish you had majored in something else? What advice would you give to someone picking a major now? Share your college major as career gauger stories forward.
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Shopping Local

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Before every town looked the same, small and locally owned stores dominated Main Street. Their numbers continue to dwindle as chain stores and internet shopping replace them. Think back… Did you have a favorite local store? What was it like? How did that experience compare with going to Walmart or shopping on Amazon? Share your shopping local stories forward.
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First Dates (1 Story)

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First dates can take many forms, from casual to formal, with outcomes from heavenly to horrible. You might have had a first date set up for you by another person, from a meeting at a class or club, from a chance encounter, or more recently, online. Think back …  Was your first date in high school? College? Who asked who? Where did you go on that date? Has the experience of a first date been different at various phases of your life? How has that first date changed for your kids and grandkids? Share your first dates stories forward.
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Exams (9 Stories)

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From elementary school pop quizzes, to blue book essays, to SATs and MCATs, we all took exams. Were you a natural test taker, crammer, worrier? How else have you been tested in your life, professionally or ethically? How do your kids handle exams today? Think back … remember when you nailed the exam or ran out of time. Share your exams stories forward.
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Learning to Drive (10 Stories)

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A driver’s license started us on the road to autonomy, and driving lessons certainly bring back memories. Were you excited or leery? Did you learn in Driver’s Ed or from a parent? How did your kids learn? Think back … to who taught you or who you taught, and how fun (or scary) it was. Share your learning to drive stories forward.
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Cold War Coping (6 Stories)

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From “duck and cover” drills to bomb shelters, America in the 50s and early 60s took the Cold War seriously. What was your understanding of it? Were you afraid or skeptical? Do your children even know what the Cold War was? Think back … what did you learn about the Cold War in school, on TV, or in your town? Share your Cold War coping stories forward.
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Earth Day (8 Stories)

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April 22nd is Earth Day. What do you think about on this day? Are you concerned about climate change? The environment? What ideas do you support for saving our planet for future generations? Or do you think worries about climate change are unnecessary? Think back… how have attitudes toward the environment changed? Air and water pollution? Sources of energy? Share your Earth Day stories forward.
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Taxes (5 Stories)

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April 15th is the last day to pay your income tax. Did you do it long ago or are you a procrastinator? Are you happy to pay your share or do you think your taxes are too high? Do you resent people who find ways to dodge paying taxes or do you consider that part of the game? What have you taught your kids about taxes? Think back… how has paying taxes impacted your life? Your politics? Your sense of justice and the common good? Share your taxes stories forward.

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