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West with the Night by
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Prompted By Libraries

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Walking down a tree-lined block in the East 80s the other day I passed a brownstone with a pretty patio fronting the street.  There on a small table someone had  left an open library book. Always curious about what others are reading,  I looked through the wrought iron gate to see the title – it…
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Magazines for the Principal by
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Prompted By Libraries

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I had a very happy, 30 year career as a school librarian,  the last 20 spent at Jane Addams,  a small vocational high school in the south Bronx.  The neighborhood was poor and rather sketchy,  and the students,  burdened with lives lived in those mean streets,  were sometimes difficult.  But our dedicated  faculty strove to…
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The Diary of a Young Girl by
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Prompted By Libraries

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Among my friends and the distaff side of my family are many very accomplished women – doctors, nurses and therapists, a pharmacist and a research scientist, lawyers, two judges and a diplomat, a film editor, a TV producer and a theatrical director, several writers and artists, and a publisher and two poets. Also among them…
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My Uncle Milton, the Second-Story Man by
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Prompted By Hacks and Scams

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My uncle Milton wasn’t exactly a hardened criminal,  but the truth is he was once caught breaking and entering. Most of the time Milton was a mild-mannered, slightly absent-minded professor of chemistry at Smith College and lived with my aunt Roseanne in Northampton, Massachusetts in a wonderful Revolutionary-era house at the end of Poplar Hill…
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No Dice! by
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Prompted By Hacks and Scams

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Try as I might, in my seven decades – most of which were lived in New York City of all places – I can’t remember being the victim of any shady deals or crooked schemes. I never shot craps in Vegas nor have I even been to Foxwoods. I was never conned in a dark…
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Why I Blog by
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As this week’s prompt is Writers Choice I’ve chosen to write about writing!  Here’s a piece entitled Why I Blog that I originally posted several years ago on my own blog World Thru Brown Eyes. It could well be entitled Why I Write for MyRetrospect! One evening over a year ago, with no forethought that…
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Our Noisy Nanny by
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When my maternity leave came to an end and I was ready to go back to my teaching job, we knew we needed a nanny for our two-year old. Mary Rambatt had cleaned house for us weekly for years and we asked if she could care for Noah while I was at school.  Mary loved…
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The Great Hampton Babysitter Heist by
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When our son Noah was very young we spent several summers in the Hamptons in a rented house a short drive from both the beach and the town. One summer my husband Danny invited his business colleague Stan to join us for a weekend with his wife Lynn and their two sons. Noah was about…
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Aruba Nights by
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Somewhere among all the art work, photos,  and birthday cards I’ve saved over the years are a few sheets of drawing paper with crayoned sketches,  fastened together with string to make a little book – a precious  piece of memorabilia from my son’s childhood. Noah must have been about four when we took him on…
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My Game Mother by
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Prompted By Games People Play

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When I was a child my grandmother owned a small  hotel in the Catskills.  It was there I spent idyllic summers until I was 11 and she could no longer run the hotel and it was sold. During the week my father worked in the city and would drive up to join us every weekend. …
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