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1984: The “Groundhog Day” of Banned Books* by
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When I retired from my firm at the end of 2019, a lawyer with whom I had worked closely for many years gave me as a retirement present a gift certificate to “The Great Courses,” which was originally a DVD provider and now is primarily a streaming service of academic lectures given by prominent professors…
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Eyeballs: A Childhood Horror Story by
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Prompted By The Eyes Have It

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Originally, I thought I had no new stories for this prompt.  So I did a RetroFlash which linked back to a story from a couple of years ago about taking my driver’s test during the Blackout of 1965.  (I do not believe that breaks the Official RetroFlash Rules.)  But, as I later on the same…
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Driving Blind Redux – A RetroFlash by
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I’ll RetroFlash if you don’t mind Via link to my previous “Driving Blind.” Where I described to my very best My quite abnormal first driving test. (It was during the Blackout, I might remind.)   Let me quickly recap that scene Where they could not use the eye test screen. So those who didn’t have…
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Thomas Wolfe Was Wrong; Mom Was Right. by
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I’ve written a fair bit about my wise mother and the advice she gave me over the years in my earlier Retro stories — certainly too often for me to try to link to here.  Though, as I think about it further, her advice was rarely imparted verbally (i.e., “Son, sit down and let me…
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Auction Action by
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I alluded to some auctioning activities I had participated in in my recent “To DIY For” story, where I spoke of acquiring sets of “players” for the vintage hockey game that I bought at a lighting store in Milwaukee and then fitted on a table I built from old shelving. Here it is: The players…
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Arthur Shutkin, Ukrainian Refugee(?) by
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Prompted By Refugees

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Let me preface my story with a disclaimer.  When I was in high school, a bunch of us were discussing the Holocaust.  At one point, one of my classmates (like me, an affluent and entitled Jew) took a deep sigh and exclaimed, “Yes, we certainly have suffered!”  I kept my mouth shut at the time,…
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Coming Full Circle* by
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Having, like a good number of us, already written a number of COVID stories over the past two years, such as this one and this one, I saw no need to go over already covered ground this week.  Rather, I thought I’d focus on my recent Jamaica vacation.  And my intention is not to make…
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