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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 What We Read

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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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