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A Ducky Holiday by
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Prompted By Holidaze

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" [I have] the usual Jewish ambivalence towards Christmas and a slight regret that Festivus is not more of a real thing -- because, boy, do I have grievances to air."  
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The Lost Cousin of Milwaukee by
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Prompted By Cousins

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Linda had inherited my aunt's role as the matriarch of the family -- the unofficial historian and part-time yenta who always knew what was going on with everyone.
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Charity Begins At Home Redux (with apologies to Betsy) by
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Prompted By Charity

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I really do a lot of non-profit work and always have.  But, in many ways, I feel as if it was a non-choice given my upbringing..."
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You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby… by
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Prompted By Baby Books

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When I saw this week's prompt, I immediately thought, in NFL parlance, this would be a "bye week" for me.
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Who the F*ck Is Bernie? by
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Prompted By Surprise!

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Who the f*ck is Bernie?  Hint: it's not the guy in this photo.  
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Harmless Old F*rt by
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Prompted By Ageism

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Here's where ageism really grates: when you know that you are viewed by those around you as a harmless old f*rt. 
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The Dog Who Caught the Car by
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Prompted By The Crush

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When I think of crushes, and their implicit unattainability, I always think of the adage about dogs who chase cars. But what would they do if they ever caught a car? 
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What, Me Worry? by
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Prompted By Hacks and Scams

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I don't understand what the big deal is with this week's prompt.  Hacks and scams?  OK; I've had a few, but too few to mention.
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The Road to Hell Game by
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Prompted By Games People Play

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We concluded that it was a really dangerous game to play - a "Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions" game...
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Those Lazy – Hazy – Crazy Days of Summer by
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Prompted By Road Rage

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This story has a road rage component, but... it is just one component of a memorable day for which the title seemed quite apt.  Though maybe more crazy than lazy.
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Zeph by
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Zeph was beloved by all in Lowell House, at a time when administrators were not exactly beloved at Harvard.
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Recess and Snack by
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Prompted By Kindergarten

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I really have only two distinct memories of kindergarten: recess and snack.
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And the Home of the Grave…… by
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Prompted By Genealogy

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I have no interest in being buried in this cemetery. I'm thinking that cremation sounds warm and cozy.
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My Favorite Neighbor: TR by
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Prompted By Neighbors

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This is sort of a trick story, since my titular neighbor had been dead a long time before I became his neighbor.  His name was Theodore Roosevelt; you may have heard of him
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Dud by
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Prompted By Fireworks

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But, whether related to this initial aversion or not, I have always been reluctant to embrace metaphorical fireworks either.  Just something too ephemeral and excessive for my "all things in moderation" view of life.
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Life Savers by
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Prompted By Honesty

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My mother, of course, overheard this and immediately turned the car around, while explaining to everyone that we were going back to the store and that Johnny (what I was called then) would return the package and apologize to the store manager.  Her voice was controlled, but I knew that she was angrier at me than she had ever been in my life.  The other kids moved away from me as if I and/or the Life Savers carried some highly communicable disease. 
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Holy Matrimony by
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Prompted By Honeymoon

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Thus was I presented with the first moral struggle of my marriage, not yet 24 hours into it.  I knew I had a hole in one of my socks. 
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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? by
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Prompted By First Dates

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Just a great slow dance song, so who was I to complain?  Blessedly, Susan seemed happy to dance it with me, slowly and closely.  And the touch and sweet smell of her still slightly damp hair as she rested her head on my shoulder were intoxicating. I pondered the song's title question as we danced, as well as thinking of another, totally incongruous song title, "I Could Have Danced All Night."
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Bethany and Beyond by
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Prompted By Shopping Local

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How small?  Well, 2,000 residents at that time - - and, arguably, even more cows and horses.  That said, it was not quite like that proverbial town that was so small that the "Now entering ____" and "Now leaving ___" signs were painted on the opposite sides of the same sign. 
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Pre-Law? Naw! by
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I knew enough about the process to know that, unlike pre-med, there was really no such thing as "pre-law."  In fact, I was amused that the only guys who seemed to label themselves as being "pre-law" were these huge college football players introducing themselves before games on TV. (See illustration in Featured Image.)  I was pretty sure that these guys were more likely to end up as members of the NFL than the ABA.
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Ultimate PE by
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We quickly realized ,,, that the rules of touch football could easily be adapted to Frisbee, so off we went to our high school football field -- turf none of us had ever set foot on other than those in the marching band -- to play what we called, at the risk of obviousness, Frisbee Football ("FF").
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Blue Book by
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Prompted By Exams

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" [T]he final grades [were to be] based solely on the grades of the papers, but...any student opting for this waiver nonetheless had to show up for the final exam, sign his/her name in a blue book and remain in the exam room for at least half of its 3-hour duration before being allowed to be dismissed.  [The section leader] was apologetic; many of us were apoplectic...
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Driving Blind by
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Prompted By Learning to Drive

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Growing up in the suburbs, getting one's driver's license was perhaps the second most important rite of passage in teenagerdom after puberty itself.  In fact, an argument could be made that, without your license, you might as well not even shave (anywhere). 
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The Grand Tour by
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Prompted By Spring Break

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My mother had a very privileged upbringing.  As a result, she still believed that families should take "The Grand Tour(s)" of Europe (hereinafter, "TGT") when my brother and I were growing up, even though this was already a bit of an anachronism.
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“Polly; just Polly” by
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Prompted By Women We Admire

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I was initially stumped by this week’s prompt.  As with “betrayal,” I take the term “admire” very seriously, and was having a hard time thinking of any woman (other than Eleanor Roosevelt or my mother) to write about.  But then Suzy, knowing a fair bit of the backstory, emailed me and said, “What about Polly?” …
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Like, You Know, Betrayal by
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Prompted By Betrayal

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I view the term ["betrayal"] as representing a very devastating act.  You know; like Caesar getting the shiv at the Senate. And, while I'd like to think my life has been pretty interesting (at least to me), I  was skeptical that I had ever been party to something that truly traumatic. 
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A (Very Small) Room of My Own by
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Prompted By My First Apartment

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It required a convertible sofa, as there was no way that a regular bed could be put in there and allow for any other furniture.  I used to semi-joke that it had the advantage, when the sofa was unfolded, that you didn't have to get out of bed to go to the bathroom...
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Take the Money and Run? by
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Prompted By Temptation

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I checked the WSJ for the stock price, did the math and took a deep breath.  Gentlemen don't tell, of course, but the resulting number was deep into eight figures, and that was before the decimal point.
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Not My Type by
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Prompted By Good Riddance

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"...if I were still chained to a typewriter, not only would I not be writing this story (duh), I probably wouldn't be writing any damn stories at all."
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Applesauce Cake by
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Prompted By What We Ate

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Ironically, [applesauce cake] is sort of the "Holy Roman Empire" of cakes.  At least my mother's recipe contained virtually no applesauce, and you certainly couldn't taste it.  In fact, the cake itself was not all that different in ingredients from the dreaded Christmas fruit cake, although much moister.
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Cakequake by
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Prompted By Disasters

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"[D]isasters" are inherently subjective; they are in the eye of the beholder.  As Mel Brooks noted, "Tragedy is when I cut my finger.  Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die."
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Independence Daze by
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Prompted By Independence

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"I have long thought about the interplay between personal responsibility and personal independence and the arc of them through life.  At birth, one has no responsibility and no independence.  As one becomes an adult, one has (or should have) greater independence but also greater responsibility.  And I remember thinking in college that this was the optimal point: huge independence but with very little responsibility (so long as one didn't flunk out)."
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You’re So Vain…. by
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Prompted By Hair

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And my point is this: men are just as obsessed with their (ideally long, straight) hair as women are, and I am (or was) Exhibit A.
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Shower the People by
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Prompted By Babies

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"...apologies to all for my being guilty of a veritable hat trick of semi-venal sins in this piece: bragging, name dropping and laziness."
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Book -ish by
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Prompted By Libraries

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"...at some point my mother, observing my compulsive reading, suggested that quality, not quantity, might make me a happier reader in the long run. A wise mother."
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I’m Not the Type…. by
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Like all good boomers (especially Jewish ones), I still blame my mother for my own failings; in this case, my lack of typing skills.
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Watergate Vignettes by
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Prompted By Watergate

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Let me just offer the first two personal vignettes that come to mind...
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Softball Wizard by
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Prompted By Sports

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[Being captain] required a steady stream of memos to be circulated around the firm (by uniformed messengers; these were pre-email days), and I did my best to lard them with incredibly stupid puns and many humorous riffs
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Roomies by
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Prompted By Roommates

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Roomies -- sometimes it just works out right...
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Mustang Katy by
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Prompted By My First Car

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Boy, Mustang, beautiful girl. Life is good.
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My One Drive-In Movie Story by
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Prompted By Drive-Ins

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Here is my one drive-in movie story. It could probably form the basis for a John Hughes movie. I would have the Anthony Michael Hall role.
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Me On Cream (or vice versa) by
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Prompted By Concerts

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I was not big on going to concerts, for various reasons, so I particularly recall going to a Cream concert my sophomore year of college.  That said, while it was either at Tufts or Brandeis, for the life of me I can’t remember which one (or how I managed to find the venue in those…
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My Father’s Advice, In Brief by
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Prompted By Father's Day

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My father was a brilliant and pretty complicated guy, and I could go on at length about him.  Although a doctor, he was at least as much a writer (starting with journals he kept when he was in China during WW II) and did not suffer from a lack of opinions, or a desire to share…
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Doing Time on the Group W Bench by
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I was on the Group W Bench... This was the place where all those mother rapers, father stabbers and father rapers who were considered morally unfit to join the Army and kill people were made to sit, possibly forever
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A Cast of Thousands… by
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Prompted By Friendship

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If I get the chance, I intend to write more specifically about my own friendships later — including my side of one of the previously written about friendships (though I couldn’t have said it any better, and feel exactly the same).  But I first wanted to publish my somewhat quirky take on the permanence (or not) of friendships, It…
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