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Irresistible–but banned by
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Prompted By Banned Books

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It was the scrotum of a canine, not even that of a boy or a man that got this award-winning book banned from certain schools and libraries.
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“Can you see the board?” “Yes, I can see the board.” by
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Prompted By The Eyes Have It

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A few months into second grade, Mom said, “Mrs. Floyd was wondering if you’re having trouble seeing the board. Are you?” “No, Mommy. I can always see the board.”
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First the teeth. Then the car. Then the girl. by
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At the very first event of the reunion—a meetup for those of us who had begun participating in a class list-serve to help us get reacquainted before we met in person--I met the girl.
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A New Hope by
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She rings up the order. She is not wearing a mask. I am not wearing a mask.
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A new look at the tools of a writer’s craft by
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OK, I admit it. I’m not competent at assembly projects, although I do live with one gigantic IKEA wardrobe that I managed to put together by dint of much time, sweat, and profanity.  I am repurposing for “Retrospect” this poem that I wrote a number of years ago. WRITER’S WORKSHOP (Deer Isle, Maine) The view…
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Of Fast Breaks and Thin Mints by
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Prompted By Guilty Pleasures

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With Louie Dampier's basketball prowess setting the stage, I learned just how delicious it could be to eat Thin Mints and Trefoils while listening to or watching tournament basketball.
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The birth of a country story-song by
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Trump was the opposite of everything represented by the big man who worked in the mine. I began with an opening verse whose phrasing was very close to the original. Every morning at the Tower, you could see him arrive With soft, small hands, he weighed two-forty-five Wore an extra-long tie, stared at all the girls’ tits And everybody knew you didn't give no lip to Mean Don
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Call the City Desk! by
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Prompted By Newspapers

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Decades before there was Google, there was “the City Desk.” It wasn’t a digital resource; it was an actual person picking up a phone and dutifully looking for an answer to any reasonable question you posed. “How does the population of Indiana (where I grew up) compare to that of our neighboring states—Ohio and Illinois?”…
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The Boys of Summer (of 1960) by
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Prompted By Group Photos

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A group photo of my Fall Creek Little League team from the north side of Indianapolis in the summer of 1960 evokes a cavalcade of memories and reflections. It gives the lie to any assertion that group photographs, as a genre, are stiff or staid or a matter of meaningless formality. This one helps me…
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A cup of tea, a game of backgammon, and memories of Mao by
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Prompted By Snowy Days

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Dan and Sally invited me in, and with their daughter, we played backgammon, and they made me a cup of tea and offered me some cookies.
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