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My Name is Barbara… by
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Prompted By Nicknames

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Barbi Benton pretty much owned the spelling of her name, and in the 80s, despite the fact that we had the same hairdo, I was dismissive of her anyway, for being in Playboy, and for being Hugh Hefner’s main squeeze.
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We Are The World by
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We set off en masse to a restaurant nearby called The Carnivore where we have cocktails, then nibble from platters of, so help me, wildebeest, zebra, ostrich, and a few other exotic meats. After dining it’s back to the hotel bar for nightcaps.
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Outsider No More by
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Prompted By Finding Your Tribe

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I always had a sense of something missing, of being on the outside of myself.
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Caregiving – It’s Complicated by
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Prompted By Caregiving

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...so the three of us made up a rotating schedule of who would spend the night with her in her apartment, now retrofitted with a hospital bed in the living room.
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TO MY LEAPLING, MY LEAPIE, MY LEAPER by
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Prompted By Leap Day

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Bette Midler loaned one of her legendary mermaid outfits to Susan for the festival parade.
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Genius by
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Prompted By Family Myths

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I grew up to the sound of hushed whispering; entering a room and the conversation stopping; discussions behind closed doors . . .
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Can You Tell Me How To Get to Sesame Street? by
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. . . it even had a breathtaking westerly view of the city promising fiery sunsets. That was all the drama I wanted.
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Retirement? Who, Me? by
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Prompted By Retirement

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(Sung to the tune of “I Won’t Grow Up” from Peter Pan) I won’t grow up, I don’t want to stay home. And just do whatever I want Like sleep or write a poem.   I won’t grow up, I don’t want to stop working And just do whatever I choose Like Facebook lurking Not…
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Stupor Bowl by
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Prompted By Super Bowl

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To me, football looks like huge men pretending to play tag but actually trying to kill each other. Okay, so I’m not exactly a sports fan. When I dated, I’d get that out of the way early on to avoid disappointment down the line. My husband, Garth, does follow sports, but he’s not a true…
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Moving Days by
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Prompted By Moving Day

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I’d been flying into closed windows, falling to the ground momentarily dazed, then picking myself up and taking flight again.
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