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The Sunday Painter by
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My father instilled an appreciation for art in me, filtered through his lens of what constituted good art.
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You Will Survive by
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Losing a pregnancy is a very low time in any woman’s life. I’m writing to tell you that you survived, and you thrived.
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Whatever Happened to “You’re Welcome”? by
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Prompted By Thank You

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Growing up, I was taught that the proper reply to being thanked was, “You’re welcome.”
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Bingeing Keeps me Sane by
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I fear I’m talking about what we find on television to pass the time as we head into our ninth month of the pandemic.
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Winter Solstice 2020 by
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Prompted By Hello Darkness

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4:20 PM central standard time. Darkness descends. No sunrise until 7:17. Dark dominates for fifteen hours. Pandemic fear grips me. More than 311,000 people dead. Isolation. Zooms — too many zooms. News — too much news. Books begun and abandoned. Sunday Times unfinished. Too cold to visit outside in Chicago. 34 degrees numbs fingers and…
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Two Long Shot Interviews That Paid Off by
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Prompted By Interviews

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Thinking back as Retrospect asks me to do, I had only two job interviews in a 25-year career in education.
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I Can’t Live Without Spell Check by
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Prompted By Spelling

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For someone who loves to write, being a terrible speller used to be my Achilles heel.
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What Volunteering Taught Me by
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Prompted By Volunteering

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I learned the most from my years of volunteering at a well-run school under the leadership of the man who became my mentor, Warren Cherry.
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No Turkey Dinner This Year by
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Prompted By Pandemic Holidays

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The winter of my discontent has arrived and I’m feeling exhausted and so sad. There is no turkey to carve.
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Ribbon Barrettes by
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Prompted By Fads and Trends

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My pre-teen daughters spend hours weaving the ribbon in/out of the barrette, creating colorful patterns that match every outfit they own.
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