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Color Me Sad by
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Prompted By Pandemic Holidays

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Growing up Thanksgiving meant dinner with two parents five of us kids three grandparents one aunt one uncle one cousin one great uncle one great grandmother  laughing loving kissing hugging drinking thanking jabbering gobbling  spilling over, no distance between us.   Now comes Covid rising with masks and elbow bumps  six feet here six feet there sanitizer…
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Figuratively Speaking by
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Prompted By Volunteering

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For some reason I just got it in my head that by sharing my love of language, I might inspire the kids to enjoy it in turn.
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Torn Jeans by
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Prompted By Fads and Trends

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I. As hippies, we repaired our jeans with patches, braid, embroidery floss. A statement: flower power. Decades later came heavy metal, grunge. Tattered and torn, a statement: fuck you. Now, designer distressed, professionally ripped in all the right places, a statement: I’m with it, at any cost. II. Broken, faded, distressed, frayed. I’m not talking…
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Knock Knock by
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Possibly a loner by nature, I never mixed with the neighbors much, just a cool wave and a smile if I spotted one as I backed out the driveway, a word or two when we’d pass while walking our dogs. I’m not the kind to borrow a cup of sugar.   Since we began sheltering in…
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Which Haunt? by
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It’s one of those (hopefully!) once-in-a-lifetime moments where you remember where you were and what you were doing when something happened.
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Badges? I ain’t got no stinkin’ badges.* by
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Alas, I have no buttons, pins or badges. Well, I do have a David Bowie pin, a couple peace pins, and a Save The Whales pin. But ever since I got flipped off and practically run off the road because of the “Make Love Not War” and assorted bumper stickers along a similar vein on…
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Charlie by
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Prompted By Pets

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Day before yesterday, legs unsteady, he led Garth on a slow walk, no leash. I wondered what had become of them, walked up to the corner and waited. There they came. Yesterday, he let us know he was ready. Our hands on him while the vet administered the dose, we cried, cried some more as…
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The Sounds of Silence – RetroFlash by
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What sounds will the next generation simulate? The silence of eyes staring at screens?
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The Look by
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Prompted By Shoes

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Slightly offbeat (as in beatnik), evocative of ‘50s cinema — think Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot — they still look great with skirts of just about any length and style, and with shorts, capris, athleisure wear, and boyfriend or skinny jeans.
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Tattoo Me by
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Prompted By Rites of Passage

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Because all appearances to the contrary, I tended to play it safe...
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