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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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GHOSTS by
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Prompted By Snail Mail

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Or maybe that’s part of why I eventually “ghosted” him. I didn’t yet have the maturity, the empathy, the compassion that being involved with someone like him would have required in the long term.
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Who’s Your Daddy Now? by
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I guess I’m looking for signs that he’s my father, but he just looks like, seems like, acts like an ordinary man to me, any man.
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Time and Again by
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(22 Stories)

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I decide to track him down through Dorrie, a mutual friend I’d almost but not quite lost track of...
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To Be or Not To Be by
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Prompted By Get Organized

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Someone else will just have to do my dirty work, someone without a sense of attachment, someone who won’t feel like they’re severing a lifeline to a lifetime.
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Chafing at “Charity” by
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Prompted By Charity

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I knew what they were doing, they were helping me out, but they were doing it in a way that allowed me to feel as if I were also helping them out.
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Blue on Blue by
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Prompted By Baby Books

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Once an art teacher had given our class a homework assignment to collect photos for a collage, including a baby picture. When I’d asked my mom for one, she’d told me my baby pictures had been lost in a flood; yet, here they are.
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I’m Just Wild About…Owie by
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Prompted By The Crush

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I groan with muffled desire and slide down in my seat, but before I know it my mom pulls over and gestures for him to hop in.
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Who’s Your Daddy? by
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Prompted By Surprise!

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I have the distinct impression of brightening light, as if the sun has just moved out from behind a cloud.
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Get Over It by
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Prompted By Ageism

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As we’d let our fingers do the walking earlier in the day, Garth holds up his iPhone to show him the item we're looking for. There it is, supposedly in stock, in this store.
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 “Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah” (Bully Anthem) by
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Prompted By Bullying

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A cootie is a body louse, but it’s also a children’s term for an imaginary germ or repellent quality transmitted by another child who is perceived as different.
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Scams and Shams by
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Prompted By Hacks and Scams

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We pair up with strangers, hold hands and look into each other’s eyes for an extended period of time; we change partners and smile goofily at one another for another extended period of time; we fall backwards into yet another stranger’s arms and trust that we’ll be caught.
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Word Nerd by
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(22 Stories)

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As a court reporter, I am an officer of the court, and as such, I get some respect. I cover my ‘shroom tattoo with a Band-Aid and wear stockings and high heels.
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Janet by
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(22 Stories)

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A man would be waiting for us—not always the same man—then off they would go and I would sit with her infant daughter, already fast asleep in her crib. 
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Word Games by
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Prompted By Games People Play

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This time I was prepared. I knew what they wanted: not only smarts, but big energy, personality plus.
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Road Rage At Any Age by
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Prompted By Road Rage

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But road rage has a way of sneaking up on you, and you’re embroiled in it before you have time to actually think.
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Aunt-Blanche-Uncle-Ernie-and-Carla by
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I know this house by heart. It’s actually more of a bungalow, with whitish exterior stucco walls and a brick-red tile roof. It sits at the front of a small courtyard, and I am often brought onto the little front porch where I sit in my wooden high chair and watch the world go by.
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Almost Famous by
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As a budding talent, at 13 I auditioned for Gidget (Sandra Dee got the part) and, at 14, Pollyanna (Hayley Mills got that one). Alas, I was shyer, scrawnier and frizzier than pretty much every girl I competed with, yet compete I did as I was sure the right role would release the extremely cute and bubbly teenager that lived inside me.
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