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A La Famiglia! by
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Prompted By Mealtime

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One meal, though, stands out because I took pictures.
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The Gift That Keeps On Giving by
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I have always been one who prefers to deal with negative emotions by assiduously not focusing on them
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Drunk Bool by
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Prompted By Manners

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Her name was Barbara but her nickname was, for some reason, "Bool."
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The Devil is in the Details by
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Prompted By Dating

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Boticelli could not have painted an angel more lovely than Angela.
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Scaredy Kat by
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Prompted By Dating

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And a very fetching cat she was
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A Memorable Birthday by
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Prompted By Anniversaries

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My Mom decided that having a kiddy tea party would be fun.
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The Word by
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Prompted By In Trouble

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She stared at me, burst into tears and ran across the street and into her house. I was surprised at how powerfully she reacted.
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What is “late for school?” by
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The problem with Jeopardy was that it ended at 12:30 PM
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Club MTB by
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Prompted By Cliques and Clubs

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The meanness of spirit, the self-centeredness, that had oozed through American society in the 80s and 90s had polluted my beloved sport.
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“Turn up your radio” by
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Prompted By Remembering Radios

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I needed a present. I wanted it to be special. I was as poor as the usual working-class undergraduate.
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A Regular Ray Bradbury by
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Prompted By The Twilight Zone

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My first thought when it appeared was chagrin
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Part of the Union by
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Prompted By Working

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When I graduated high school in 1974, I was a bit of an arrogant little shit.
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BAH! by
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Prompted By Rewatchable Movies

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Movies are complex beasts.
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Bad Moon by
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Prompted By Cold War Coping

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I'd run, trying frantically to find a place to hide, while it implacably followed me, laughing.
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Names Have Meaning by
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Prompted By Inequality

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A family down the block from us took in foster kids.
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My Brown-eyed Girl by
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Prompted By Concerts

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Van Morrison might have done me a huge favor. He certainly didn't mean to, but some things work out for the best if given enough time.
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Exit 14A by
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Prompted By My Hometown

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But I wasn't raised in Jersey City.
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Mario! by
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Prompted By Big Fan

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My extreme introvert's response was to focus on solitary sports like bicycling and track, and on pastimes that none of us could actually play.
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Kindertotenlieder* by
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"You're right....with Eversharp!"
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The Evil Luncheonette by
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Prompted By First Memory

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Down there among the warehouses, trucking firms and junk yards that populated the Jersey City side of the Bay was a working-man's bar and luncheonette.
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TBI by
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Prompted By Reconnecting

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I've heard that with a true friend, absence means little.
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The Exploding Lab Bench by
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Prompted By How We Met

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The fact that she is tall, shapely and extremely attractive was not lost on me....
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Egrets in Morning Sunlight by
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Prompted By Hello Darkness

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The trees, bushes and brush would give me plenty of privacy to do what I needed to do.
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Wherein She Learns That I Am Fine With Making a Public Spectacle of Myself by
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Prompted By Embarrassment

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But I couldn't just say yes. I broke into song.
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Fast Times at FDU by
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Prompted By Marijuana

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I recall none of it.
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Rain by
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Prompted By 9/11

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A comforter Of mottled gray-black clouds To hide beneath.
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Even I Have Limits by
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Prompted By Good Trouble

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Understand that my Mom loved all animals, and was absolute death on animal cruelty of any kind.
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A Single Track Mind by
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Prompted By Finding Your Tribe

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A switch clicked in my brain. I have no idea why. I looked at Gina and said “I need to do that.”
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Deepest Dive by
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Prompted By Close Calls

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"If I left her, if I followed my dark muse into the deep sea, there was a good chance that, one way or the other, Holly would die."
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Summertime Thoughts by
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Prompted By The Crush

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Never to escape and never to want to.
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Letter from the 21st Century by
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The twin fears of failure and conflict have been a crippling problem for us.
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Lost and Found by
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Prompted By Close Calls

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A sulfurous smell of decay seeped into my mask. I looked around in vain.
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Pizza and a Bad Movie by
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Prompted By First Dates

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Made nervous by being alone in a deserted lab building on an actual dark and stormy night, Gina, a grad student working in her lab downstairs, came up to my lab seeking company in the now spooky and very dark building.
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A Certain Cachet… by
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Smell is the sense most connected to our inner brains, to our memories and emotions
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