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The French, As Usual, Have a Word For It…. by
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Santiago Calatrava's Milwaukee Art Museum is one of the strangest buildings I have ever seen or heard of.
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Avocation, Delusion, Masturbation by
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Prompted By Why We Write

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"...the chimera of Security"
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The Rule of Three by
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Prompted By Riding a Bicycle

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  This story makes more sense if you know a little about the mechanics of riding a mountain bike. Think of a catcher getting set for a pitch, or a tennis player preparing to receive a serve. Picture their posture. Knees bent, elbows bent, hinged at the waist, maybe swaying a bit. They are loose,…
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Boof by
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Prompted By Car Trouble

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More of a "boof."
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Swimming Through Treacle by
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Hi, fellow ‘spectors, I’m working my way through the backlog after a 4-5 week down time (long story…and I am not sure what it was about). The only thing I have apropos to this prompt is: https://www.myretrospect.com/stories/veni-vidi-ego-erravi-male/
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Impressing the Tough Guy by
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His favorite athlete was Rocky Marciano.
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Birthday Girl by
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Prompted By Special Birthdays

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One of the birthdays I remember best was not one of mine.
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The One Who Got Me by
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Prompted By Mind the Gap

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Fact is, my whole family was sufficiently fractious and dysfunctional that generational differences were swamped by more direct issues.
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Terror, Reified by
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Prompted By Banned Books

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As far as I know, no ban has ever been imposed on any book that I wanted to read in the place and time that I wished to read it.
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Inside Looking Out by
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Prompted By Sleepy Time

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Looking outward, unseen and unheard, I take solace knowing that for a while at least, I am safe.
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Emily’s Eyes by
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Prompted By The Eyes Have It

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No, no no…I will NOT sneeze!
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I Can See Your Fists So Clearly Now! by
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Prompted By The Eyes Have It

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This upset me terribly.
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In Vino, Veritas by
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One day, in my late teens, at a family wedding, Mom was drinking as she usually was back then...
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David the King! by
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Prompted By Refugees

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They were always readmitted, though; Dave seemed unable to hold a grudge.
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Uh Oh… by
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Prompted By Photo Booths

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It was in a shopping mall in NJ.
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Superior Accommodations by
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In Copper Harbor, we always stay at the King Copper motel.
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Just Follow the Bouncing Ball by
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And yet....
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Thank You Very Much, Thank You Very Much… by
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Prompted By Cheating

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That August, Veronica walked out on me.
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A Hero in the Basement by
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Eventually I was permitted basement access, and found it a fascinating place.
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The Sea Wolf by
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Prompted By Time

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As I made that move, the brunette cutie to my right clasped her hand around my wrist and whispered "that is SO annoying!"
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“An’ it Harm None…” by
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Prompted By Guilty Pleasures

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I don't have any guilty pleasures
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Aboard Ship 2 With JT by
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Prompted By Scouting

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My only company was a little Sears AM transistor radio.
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She’s Got Legs by
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One hot summer, I built a Mount and Brungs Proportional Diluter.
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You’ll Live Like Magic by
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As the Covid pandemic gripped us in fear and sadness, working from home, I felt a growing need for cheerful, upbeat things.
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Cold Comfort by
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Prompted By Comfort Food

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Summertime ambrosia.
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Stopping by the Diner on a Snowy Evening by
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Prompted By Newspapers

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And then back home, me and Dad, under spooky tracks and past dangerous dogs, to warmth, maybe a snack, and my friends Dick Tracy, Moon Mullins and Rick O'Shay.
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Cathedral Rocks by
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The sun was just at the horizon. I could hear a strange sound which I could not at first identify through my thick rubber hood.
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I Should Have Stayed Home by
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Prompted By Snowy Days

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Judging by the store I went to, I can place this story some time in the late 90s. Gina was away in Lawrence, Kansas doing some collaborative research with a scientist at KU. Of course I picked THEN to get the flu. After a couple of days, I started to feel very ill. I had…
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The Wellen Man by
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Prompted By Snowy Days

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I had always been fascinated by the ideas of working at night, working outside and working alone.
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Fifteen Miles to 14A by
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It was a June night of thunderstorms in central New Jersey
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I Must Go Down To The Lake Again by
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It's a challenging, exhilarating drive that cries out to be done fast in a small nimble open-top rear-wheel-drive sports car, or a good motorcycle.
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The FDU SCUBA Club by
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Prompted By Group Photos

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This photo, snapped from atop a tripod on my old Fujica SLR, captures a pivotal time in my life.
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Does It Count If You Make It Early? by
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Prompted By Resolutions

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I broke with personal tradition and resolved to change myself
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A Piece of the Action by
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Prompted By Holidaze

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Then the paramedics began running up the hill with stretchers and backboards. Still, no Cindy.
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Mostly Tricks by
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Prompted By Trick or Treat?

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I have many Halloween memories, but can’t recall a single specific Halloween from before I went to college. All I have are fragments. Sepia-tones Instamatic snaps in my mind of me and other little kids wandering in and out of the pools of light and shadow of the streets in my neighborhood, seeking candy. No…
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The Fruit Stand of Love by
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Prompted By Lemons to Lemonade

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I don't wish to give the impression that I am compiling a screed against Perfidious Womankind...
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Snowbound by
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Prompted By Parking

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We were creative and determined.
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Veni, Vidi, Ego Erravi Male by
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Prompted By Regrets

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I have always had a fascination with obscure words and terms.
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Bringing Backup by
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Prompted By Children's Books

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This is more about books and reading and being a weird little kid than about any single book. I was a nerd. A geek. A prototypical Poindexter (a nickname I was actually saddled with for a time). Books didn’t beat me up the way other kids did, so I loved them with all my heart…
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Just Keep Driving… by
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Prompted By Going to Work

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Neither the nondescript stores and the black wilderness of the Meadowlands on one side, nor the dark cemetery dotted with barely visible white tombstones on the other, gave me any assistance.
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Hello, Darkness by
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Prompted By Attention Span

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Mom used to joke that I had "the attention span of a gnat."
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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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