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Prompted By Photo Booths

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One of my all-time favorite movies, Amelie, has a lot going for it…the enchanting Audrey Tatou, dozens of evocative Paris locations—particularly Montmartre—and the iconic Photomaton…a photo booth, the photo booth I borrowed and tweaked for our featured image. As part of the plot line, Amelie (Tatou) pursues an eccentric and mysterious man who collects discarded…
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WO-HE-LO* by
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Prompted By Scouting

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My mother was our Blue Bird leader. As such, she went out of her way not to show favoritism…so much so that when we put on a little production of the Pied Piper of Hamlin, I was cast as one of the rats.
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You’ve Probably Heard of It By Now by
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Prompted By Guilty Pleasures

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It’s all over the news. You might even be sick of hearing about it by now. Just one word: Wordle. Well, actually up to six words. Five-letter words. But only one word wins. A different word every day, the same word for everyone. In the world. Free. (For now.) And you can only play once…
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Devoted to You by
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Devoted to You, an Everly Brothers hit in 1958, was covered by the Beach Boys, by Linda Ronstadt, and by James Taylor and Carly Simon. And by me. I sang my vows to Garth on our wedding day. More to the point, I warbled…because I’m no singer. And that was the point. We were both…
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Gee Whiz by
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It’s pretty much impossible to pick just one song so I’ve zeroed in on the very first song that moved me: All I Have To Do is Dream by the Everly Brothers. When the song was released in 1958, I was 11 years old. I wouldn’t have the pleasure of my first kiss for another…
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Chocolate Pudding (& Other Delights) by
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Prompted By Comfort Food

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Some things never change. Like many of you, dear readers, I have a hoard of memorabilia. Mine includes early writing and poetry…most of it cringeworthy. That’s why it’s in my shed in a box labeled “TO SHRED OR DESTROY (without reading, please!)” For some reason I couldn’t (can’t!) seem to let it go…maybe I gleaned…
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Just One by
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Prompted By Resolutions

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I have just one resolution this year: REWRITE. Not write, but REWRITE. I’m resolved to hone my memoir to the point where I feel it deserves to be read. In other words, to the point where others may read it and feel better about themselves and/or the world for having read it. (Wow, right?!) To…
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The Best Medicine by
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Prompted By Comic Relief

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American Laughing Society wants you to take them seriously Lisa Ferguson Monday, March 3, 1997 | 11:59 a.m. Laugh, and the whole world laughs with you. Usually. Still, Earle Turow is wondering about Las Vegans’ sense of humor — mostly, do they even have one? The retired clothing manufacturer will soon find out. He recently moved…
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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear by
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Prompted By Gossip

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One balmy night, the full moon high, I walk into town, flip-flops slapping softly, and grab a seat on the patio at the local watering hole, the Tahiti Nui, where sits Shelley, my new drinking buddy. Halfway through our second or maybe third drink, up walks a guy she knows, Mike, who has a cute…
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Lucky Lady by
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Prompted By Dice

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Going into business is always dicey, you might even say a crap shoot, but I have a habit of it.  Back in the early ‘90s, I was also in the habit of playing poker in casinos around the southland. I’d recently come back from a trip to Africa and used some of the photos I’d taken…
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