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The Shop and The Court by
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My mother always worked.  Not because she had to, but because she loved to.  Indeed, at the time of her death at age 81, she was still running her own museum-style gift shop, Natural Choice, which I have written of previously.  Here is one of my mother’s postcard ads from Natural Choice (I come by…
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COVID YEAR 2.0/Post-Vac by
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Prompted By Vaccination

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Got both my shots at Fenway. Sweet as the Sox Sweeping a doubleheader. Then a free “lam job” at Staples; Best “Get Out of Jail” card evah!   First taste of post-vac freedom: Return to my barbershop to undo My year of DIY haircuts. Paul works his magic, as we chat away. Now I’m ready…
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Nick Burns, Your Company’s Computer Guy by
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Two independent threads intersect for me here: my own skill, or lack thereof, as a techie, and Saturday Night Live sketches. 
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Wonder Boys. Wonder Boys. Wonder Boys. by
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Prompted By Rewatchable Movies

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I love watching movies and there have been many movies I have loved.  But I almost never re-watch a movie.  Why?  To state the obvious, I’ve already seen it and life is short.  I feel the same way about re-reading books, even the ones I’ve loved. The only movie I recall seeing twice growing up…
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Knives Out and Go Fork Yourself by
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Prompted By Manners

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As this prompt wisely notes, there are manners (both good and bad) beyond simply table manners.
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White Privilege – RetroFlash by
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Prompted By Inequality

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There is racial injustice. I learned that early From good parents. “Limousine liberals,” to be sure (as am I, even driving an Accord). But I learned it.   All through high school I tutored and taught programs For poor Black kids in New Haven, Along with dedicated Black educators.   I’d like to think I…
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So…. (A RetroFlash) by
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Prompted By Pet Peeves

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So... So many grammar peeves. So where to begin?
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DIY Haircuts (COVID Story 2.0) by
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Prompted By Haircuts

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Having recently written my COVID story, this minor aspect of it came immediately to mind when I saw our current haircut prompt. Back in March of 2020 (i.e., COVID Year 1 A.D.), I realized, sadly, that I wasn’t going to be getting haircuts at my neighborhood barbershop for a while.  And this was to be…
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Pandemic RetroFlash by
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Damn COVID!  Doesn’t deserve more than 100 words. Here goes: Tragedy:  Worse than it had to be. (Thanks, Trump.)  So may lives taken and families wrecked.  In so many ways. Personal silver linings: Streaming galore. Family and friends Zooming.  Zoom mastery.  Immersion in non-profit boards (via Zoom, of course). Immersion in on-line courses (especially music…
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Jingles Singles by
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For whatever reason -- probably because of my high NQ (nerdiness quotient) -- I have always been fascinated with commercial jingles.  Actually, my brother may have been my main influencer on this. 
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