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What’s Today’s Weather? by
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Prompted By Weather

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What’s today’s weather? We really need to pay close attention.
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Woodstock, a Movie Best Seen Stoned by
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Prompted By Woodstock

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Seeing the documentary movie version the summer of 1970 shaped my Woodstock experience.
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That Family Tree Assignment by
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Prompted By Genealogy

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If I were a teacher these days, I would tread very lightly with that family tree assignment.
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Finding a Grandmother Lost to Mental Illness by
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Prompted By Genealogy

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Pauline’s life had been destroyed by mental illness and institutionalization. But what had happened to her children as well as her grandchildren and great grandchildren? Was there a way to make something solid and meaningful from this tragedy?
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My Neighborhood – Both Actual and Virtual – And a Lost Tortoise by
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Prompted By Neighbors

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When we work together, there is a greater chance we can solve the problem, from rescuing a tortoise to tackling the huge issues that plague our neighborhoods and our country.
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Banishing Boredom for Kids by
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Prompted By Boredom

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Boredom is a state of mind that doesn’t need to exist, especially for children.
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Why I Missed the Moon Landing by
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Prompted By Moon Landing

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I never actually saw the moon landing on television until long after it happened. On July 20, 1969, my husband and I were on what turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime, eight-week trip to Europe, Greece, and Israel. We had a vague notion that American astronauts had walked on the moon by looking at photos…
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Summer’s my Favorite Reading Season by
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Prompted By Beach Reads

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As an educator, however, summer was always the reading season, and old habits die hard.
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The Bombs Bursting in Air by
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Prompted By Fireworks

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I know I will hear those bombs bursting in air every July. And while the fireworks displays are beautiful, these sounds do not feel celebratory. They remind me of guns and war, not patriotism.
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Little Larcenies, White Lies, and Truthiness by
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Prompted By Honesty

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Thus, I came to believe in truthiness in politics, a term coined by Stephen Colbert in 2005, which meant, “The quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts.”
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