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Women Authors – An Enduring Passion by
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Prompted By Women We Admire

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I like male writers, too. Dostoyevsky’s 'Crime and Punishment' and Melville’s 'Moby-Dick' are huge favorites, and John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath' is a thing of remarkable beauty. But overall, it’s the psychological depth of women authors -- their fascination with our inner lives -- that I find illuminating and essential.
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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now by
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Prompted By My First Apartment

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Terry comes charging through the front door spewing tears and rage. “Janet just broke up with me!” he howls. And with one long wave of his arm, he sweeps dozens of beer and wine bottles off the kitchen counter and sends them crashing to the floor. The party grinds to a cheap, ugly close.
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That’s No Midget, That’s My Grandmother by
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Every year, Grandma comes to spend the winter with us in California – an effort to avoid the Chicago winters and the risk of falling on ice. Even when I’m 5 or 6, she seems ancient to me.
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We Called It Junior High Back Then by
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Prompted By Middle School

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Social hierarchies are quick to develop in junior high, and from day one Diane is Queen Bee. Girls copy her, lobby to be her friend. Boys stare and whisper and grunt. Without question she is the most desired, the most alluring girl in seventh grade.
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Giving Thanks to My Favorite Teachers by
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Prompted By Teachers & Mentors

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Great teachers are a rare and wonderful occurrence. They inspire and give us wings, and they receive insufficient reward for their work. They deserve our thanks.
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My Parents’ Childhood Photos: A Very Rich Legacy by
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Prompted By Vintage Photos

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I can’t say exactly why I’m so drawn to family history and the mysterious links that cross generations and inform who we are. But it’s something I’ve always had.
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Breaking the Redwood Curtain: Campus Strike at Humboldt State University by
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Prompted By Student Activism

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“There was a sense of exhilaration,” my friend Wesley remembers, “a feeling that we were reacting as a group, as one. That was a really intense, positive thing.” I believe the emotions and commitment generated that day forever altered the spirit and culture of Humboldt State.
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Passover, Faith, and the Price of Assimilation by
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Prompted By Faith

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"Although my father was Jewish, our family never celebrated Passover or Chanukah, never had a menorah in the house, never attended a Seder. As a child I never felt deprived of the things my non-observant father never taught me about being Jewish. But I do now."
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The Oscars and Me — Confessions of a Geek by
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Prompted By Best Picture

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I was starstruck from a very young age, and I think it was the combination of a) seeing the stars at their most glamorous, nervous and exposed; and b) experiencing vicariously the thrill of worldwide recognition that made the Oscars so irresistible.
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Bobby Kennedy and the Year That Took Him by
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Prompted By A Year in the Life

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Bobby had the gift of empathy -- the ability to see the world through the eyes of the poor, the unrepresented. Whereas his opponent Eugene McCarthy was brilliant, professorial and cold, Bobby brought warmth, spontaneity and the charisma of a rock star.
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