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The Meaning of Life by
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How did I happen to read that book?  I don’t remember anyone giving it to me or seeing it in the house, so most likely it was in a school library, maybe thoughtfully displayed by a librarian, or maybe just calling to me from a shelf. In any case it was not like anything I had read and it spoke powerfully to my own adolescent yearning to make sense of existence.
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Borderline by
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Prompted By Fears and Phobias

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I still have a pang in my gut crossing any border, even when it should be benign.  Anything could happen in that liminal area.
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Counting Pills by
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Prompted By Pills

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Instead of the usual “my name is” and “how are you” basics, I learned how to explain how many pills to take how often, with or without food, with cautions about dizziness, upset stomach or other side effects.
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The Whole World is Watching by
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We managed to see our share of the Saturday kids’ programs, endless varieties of Westerns, the stereotypical Ozzie and Harriet sitcoms, variety shows and increasingly, the news.
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Spice of Life by
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Prompted By Acquired Tastes

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My father was always a bit of a food adventurist.  He liked vinegar on broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach, and potato salad with vinegar and onions instead of mayonnaise.
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Lifecycle by
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Prompted By City vs Suburbs

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Family and friends, returning to the center.
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame by
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Prompted By Mending Fences

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Could it really be that simple?
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Little House in the ‘Hood by
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At last I was successfully disentangling from a bad relationship with an incipiently psychotic partner and needed to move out, now.  A colleague at work turned out to be the landlady of an available place, not far from our community health clinic, and I grabbed it.
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Salud y Paz by
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Prompted By War

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We asked what they needed most and they requested a transportation vehicle. Not an ambulance—that would be too much of a target.
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An Embarrassment of Stuff by
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Prompted By Stuff

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Another friend had a bumper sticker—“Live simply that others may simply live”—that still seems like good advice.
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