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Take Care of Your Sister by
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(68 Stories)

Prompted By Birth Order

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I was my parents’ first child and had only one sibling,  my sister Laurie. My folks had always wanted a second child but after I was born my mother had trouble conceiving again.   Of course at the time I was too young to be told or to understand such things,   but years later I…
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Catskill Weekend by
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Prompted By Forgiveness

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J was my husband’s college roommate and the two have been very close since then.   In fact J and his wife K are among our closest friends –  we’ve shared vacation homes,  travelled abroad together,  traditionally spend New Year’s Eve as a foursome,  and are always there to share each others’ joys and sorrows.…
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Getting Woke by
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Prompted By Protests

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My folks, and my uncles and aunts were always politically active and die-hard liberals ,  and as children my sister and I and our cousins were used to hearing political rhetoric around the dinner table. Yet despite that red diaper babyhood,  I was seemingly apolitical and remained so well into my own adulthood .  …
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Parkchester, Celebrate Me Home by
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Prompted By My Hometown

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My hometown?  Like many of us I guess I can claim more than one –  born in Charleston, SC but bred in the Bronx with idyllic summers spent at our family-run hotel in the Catskills.  (See My Game Mother) Then after grad school a year upstate in snowy Buffalo, NY,  then back down for several…
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The Summer of My Discontent by
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Prompted By Pandemic Summer

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This was to be the summer I really worked on my tennis game,  and planted my garden earlier,  learned to play Mah Jongg,   and caught up on all those unread New Yorkers. And this was to be the summer I finally mastered the  barbecue,  and took out my old bike and checked the tires,…
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The Alphabet Wall by
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As you’ve surely noticed, when the last few generations of kids write,  they use block letters,  never cursive. In fact they don’t know how to write in cursive because unlike us Boomers,   they’ve never been taught.   Apparently over the years the pedagogical powers-that-be have decreed that penmanship and cursive writing were skills that…
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What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? by
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Prompted By Protests

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When our son was young he asked us if we were at Woodstock.  We had to say No,  but we didn’t have an answer when he asked,  Why not? He was disappointed.   I’m sure we went down a notch or two in his esteem. He never asked if we rode the Freedom Bus,  or…
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