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Surprise Party by
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Prompted By Surprise!

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When her husband Andrew was about to turn 40,   my friend Simi decided to throw him a big surprise party and she asked for my help. We were both stay-at-home moms then with plenty of free time on our hands for surprise party planning.  In fact for weeks before the party we must have…
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Bus Stop by
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Prompted By Ageism

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While I was waiting at 86th Street for the Fifth Avenue bus the other day, a young woman, probably in her 20s,  walked up to me and asked where she could get the limited. I told her the limited bus stop was about two blocks south,  and she thanked me and started walking down Fifth.…
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College Girl – for Aunt Hannah by
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Prompted By Ageism

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“One is never too old to learn.”,   Hannah told us when she announced she was starting college in her 80s. My husband’s aunt Hannah was the gentlest soul I’ve ever known.  No one in our family can remember her ever saying a harsh or an unkind word. Hannah and her siblings fled Hitler’s Germany…
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My Favorite Beatle by
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Prompted By The Crush

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Like everyone of my generation, I had a favorite Beatle and about a year ago we finally met. My husband and I were having lunch at Lexington Candy Shop on Lex & 83rd,  a favorite local coffeeshop.  The place prides itself on it’s celebrity patronage with signed photos on the walls of Woody Allen and…
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Cherry Coke by
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Prompted By The Crush

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I must confess I often find myself googling my college crush. Actually M was more than a crush,  he was my steady boyfriend during my freshman and sophomore years,  until I took a camp job that following summer and met someone else.  But that’s another story. M was a class ahead of me and after…
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Library Lesson by
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Prompted By Libraries

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I can’t let this week’s Libraries prompt go without thinking about my time in library school. I was an English lit major in college and on track to teach high school English.  But an aunt and a family friend were librarians and they both encouraged me to consider that field.  It sounded perfect! I applied…
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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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Rosie and Milt, the Literary Lady and 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 Milt 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. My father worked in the city during the week and would drive up to join us on the…
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Fender Bender by
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Prompted By Road Rage

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Not quite a road rage tale,  but one that could have been! When my husband turned 60 he bought himself a birthday present – a light green Ford Thunderbird convertible.  Needless to say he loves that car,  and although I’d always thought of cars as basic transportation,  I must confess I love that T-bird too!…
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