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The Car That Smelled Like California by
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Prompted By My First Car

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The case of wine slid across the carpet and the bottles fell out. With a crash, one broke.
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Androgyny by
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Prompted By Gender Roles

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We all thought equality was a great idea, but it was not easy to translate into the day-to-day work of being married.
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Trading Places by
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Prompted By Halloween

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I wore no wig, no makeup, no heels—just the dress, set off by the full beard I wore at the time.
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Cohabitation by
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Prompted By Generation Gap

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I devised an ingenious way to break the arrangement to my mom. Or so I thought.
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Bounceback by
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Prompted By 9/11

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We watched the events of 9/11 with a kind of detached horror, since we didn’t personally know any of the victims. Or did we?
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The Electoral College, Redux by
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Written in response to Article II, Section 1
It’s not just the outcome I’m unhappy with. It's also undemocratic.
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Secret Sauce by
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Prompted By Drive-Ins

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Written in response to Forbidden Fruit
The sauce was a perfect blend of mayonnaise, summer vacation, Tom Terrific, rainbows, and ambrosia.
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It Doesn’t Have a Name Yet by
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We wore multiple hats because we had to, but we also thought we could do anything and no one was there to tell us we couldn’t.
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Sharpshooter by
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Prompted By Camp

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I owned my share of toy guns as a kid, but when it came to the real thing I was chickenshit.
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The Pixies Three by
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Prompted By Concerts

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The drab, cavernous room reeked of sweat and hormones. Then the DJ mounted the steps to the stage.
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