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Nuthin’ on Buttons by
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This will be a pretty short story because, as my title pretty obviously foreshadows, I don’t have much to say on this prompt, grammatically or otherwise.  For reasons I will discuss below, I have just never been into political buttons and the like. As Retro readers must know, I am not lacking in political convictions,…
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The Good Old Days? by
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When I first considered this prompt, I realized I had already written three stories that fairly heavily addressed the issue of life pre-computers.  Two are stories about how I did not learn how to type, and the third was about snail mail and love letters. However, I am reticent to re-publish older stories if I…
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I Choose Shoes by
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Prompted By Shoes

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Freud either did or did not say “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” — or was that Groucho Marx? In any event, I have generally believed that “shoes are just shoes” and not metaphors, icons, status symbols or whatever.  However…. As I pondered this prompt and how it related to me, I realized that…
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Tennis Mom by
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Prompted By Final Farewell

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My mother loved tennis.  There was much more to her than that, but that was a very important part of her being.  When thinking about this “Final Farewell” prompt, I realized just how prominent tennis had been in our farewell to her and thought this could make an interesting story. First, some relevant backstory.  My…
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My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by
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Prompted By Rites of Passage

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I have had my share of the usual rites of passage: no bar mitzvah, but two weddings, some funerals (not mine), and a ton of graduations.  Of these, and passing the inherent sadness of funerals, I can quickly identify which was the worst experience for me: my law school “graduation” from Columbia Law School (“CLS”)…
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Puzzled by
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Prompted By Brain Games

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Talk about prescient.  Before this prompt was posted (I swear it), in writing my “Lost and Found” story about how to find lost stuff, I noted the following: “A seeming digression which isn’t really a digression. In fact, it is really the whole point of this story. If any of the other Retro members reading…
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How to Find Lost Stuff by
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Prompted By Lost and Found

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I am a very methodical, organized person, or at least try to be. A place for everything and everything in its place kind of guy.
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