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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 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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