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Prompted By Family Feud

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Of course, the feud’s origin dated back decades before the pillow incident.
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Flashbulb Memories: Three Assassinations by
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Prompted By Assassination

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Flash bulb memories: three assassinations that shaped my world view from age 18 to 23.
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I Quit My Job and My Life Changed by
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Prompted By Changed My Life

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
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The Whole World is Watching by
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Prompted By First Time Voting

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I have learned over all these years and in every election, voting is a sacred honor and every vote matters. The whole world is watching.
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Finding the Perfect Gift by
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When my kids were young, they eagerly anticipated the Toys R Us holiday gift catalog every November.
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Cooking Lessons by
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Prompted By Learning To Cook

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My childhood cookbook was filled with images of perky girls wearing aprons (whatever happened to my aprons?) serving food to guys in sport coats and crew cuts.
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Plane and Train Fails by
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Prompted By Planes and Trains

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We hated the drive to Detroit to visit my family when our three kids were young. In those days, it was six hours of torture. They were not great car travelers and entertainment options were limited to coloring and puzzle books, my reading to or singing with them, and I Spy type games. When boredom…
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A Sucker for Cinderella by
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When I saw the original classic Disney cartoon (1950) of Cinderella as a child, I totally bought into her song of "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes."
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When You Can’t Afford Feathers by
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Our first nest was rather humble. We really couldn’t afford to do much feathering of this nest.
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The Lost Art of Customer Service by
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Prompted By Customer Service

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As sexist as it is, I do miss the old Marshall Field’s mantra, “Give the lady what she wants.”
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The Last Time I Got High by
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Prompted By Drugs and Alcohol

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Woodstock was truly a film best enjoyed when stoned.
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Sending our Children to College by
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Prompted By Priciest Purchase

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Even including our home of 45 years, our priciest purchase was our children’s educations.
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For Mr. Hollander, Ms. Vit, and Linda by
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Prompted By Favorite Teacher

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A favorite teacher lives forever in our hearts.
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Procrastinate Much? by
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Prompted By Procrastination

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I was always the girl who was on time, organized, and started assignments well before they were due.
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Watching “Fiddler” with People Who Lived It by
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My cousin Annette and I took our grandparents to see Fiddler on the Roof performed at Detroit’s beautiful Fisher Theater. The Google machine tells me this happened prior to the show’s Broadway debut, so it was either in 1963 or early 1964. We were lucky to see Zero Mostel in the role of Tevya. In…
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Pick a Card by
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Pick a card. Any card. How many times has a kid asked you to do that?
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Bike Stories by
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Prompted By Riding a Bicycle

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I have no memory of learning to ride an actual bike.
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Our Cars Needed Maintenance by
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Prompted By Car Trouble

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After buying our first used car, a 1960 Dodge Dart with push button transmission, we learned the value of having a good mechanic.
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Two Family Treasures by
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I probably have other more valuable things that are older than I am, but these are the two I treasure the most.
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And That’s the Way It Is … Or Was by
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Prompted By Broadcast News

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My first memory of broadcast news is the image of my mother madly ironing while watching something on television that clearly angered her, the Army-McCarthy hearings. I was just a kid and thus she never explained to me why she kept watching this when it was clearly upsetting her. I guess my grandkids could wonder…
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Lauren Bacall marries Fredric March by
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Prompted By What's in a Name

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The names selected by our parents were ones they favored from popular movie stars — Lauren for me after Lauren Bacall and Fredric for him for Fredric March.
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Writing My Way into Retirement by
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Prompted By Why We Write

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But if I must confess the truth, I write for myself because that is who I am.
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Âllo Oui by
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We knew from past experience that we would struggle in Paris unless our kids helped, which they refused to do.
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Good Talk, Dad by
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As I mark my tenth Father’s Day without having a father, I am thinking about this most important choice my father helped me to make.
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Flamingo Surprise by
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Prompted By Special Birthdays

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If I live to be 90 like my parents, my children are free to surprise me. Just no flamingos this time.
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Not Woke But Trying by
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Prompted By Mind the Gap

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While I am far from woke, I really want to learn.
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Bedtime Rituals by
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Prompted By Sleepy Time

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As a child, I remember being told, “go to bed.” This meant brush your teeth and use the bathroom. Whether or not my parents read to me is a lost memory. If I had trouble falling asleep, the remedy was a glass of warm milk. The first actual bedtime rituals I remember were for my…
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Maus by
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Prompted By Banned Books

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On May 10, 1933, university students burned more than 25,000 “un-German” books in Berlin’s Opera Square (pictured below). 40,000 people gathered to hear Nazi chief of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, make a speech in which he said, “No to decadence and moral corruption!” Sound familiar? This past January, the McMinn County Board of Education in Tennessee…
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Sheyn Aoygn (Pretty Eyes) by
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Prompted By The Eyes Have It

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My eyes were dark brown, but the Hollywood ideal was a blue-eyed blond. Thus, I pondered what I could do to make myself more attractive in the eye department.
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My Mama Told Me … by
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You Better Shop Around and Ten Other Useful Bits of Advice
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Buster Ware by
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Who would spend $1,000 on a serving for four of plastic dishes and mugs adorned with a photo of the class guinea pig, Buster?
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Granddaughter of Refugees by
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Prompted By Refugees

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The current Ukrainian refugee crisis reminds me that my grandparents were refugees who left their families and the only homes they had known to come to America in the beginning of the 20th century.
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Groundhog Day by
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As Yogi Berra supposedly said, “It's déjà vu all over again.”
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The Best Pictures Ever by
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Prompted By Photo Booths

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There was something about cramming into a small booth that made the old photo booths special.
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Cheap Lodgings by
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Of all of the cheap places we stayed when my husband and I took an eight-week trip to Europe and Israel, Victor Mattace’s pensione was the worst.
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How Cheating has Changed by
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Prompted By Cheating

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It’s hard to explain to my grandkids what honesty looks like. And I certainly can’t tell them that cheaters never prosper.
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The Basement Beckons by
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Our grungy basement was perfect for free play, a thing all kids need.
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Marking Time by
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Prompted By Time

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I am living in a time warp, totally unmoored from any sense of day or even month.
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How to Use a Drill by
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Now, I remember why I hate Ikea.
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Scouting Disasters by
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Prompted By Scouting

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What I do remember from my early teen years is being the Den Mother for my youngest brother’s Cub Scout pack.
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Soapy Masterpieces by
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Prompted By Guilty Pleasures

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One guilty pleasure I share with my husband is PBS Masterpiece Theater serials
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Hey Jude by
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No matter how many times I hear Hey Jude, I am always moved to tears.
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No More Snow Days by
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Prompted By Snowy Days

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On 2/2/22, my granddaughter’s school declared a “snow day” during a moderate snow storm that ended mid-afternoon. Parents and teachers were upset because the school made the call late, when staff and students who arrive early for before school activities were already there. Perhaps the strange date filled with twos made the day feel auspicious.…
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The Staff of Life by
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Prompted By Comfort Food

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If I’m being honest, my main source of eaten comfort is a good slice of bread.
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The Sunday Paper by
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Prompted By Newspapers

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Still, on a quiet Sunday there is nothing more relaxing than working my way through that pile of newspapers.
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Never Stand on the Edge of a Family Photo … by
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Prompted By Group Photos

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Taking those grand family photos is not a thing for my children’s generation.
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Living in a Snow Globe by
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Prompted By Snowy Days

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I don’t remember ever feeling cold when I played outside on snowy days as a child. I know my kids and grandkids could enjoy it for hours. Even my granddogs loved a snowy day.
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Road Trip to Cleveland by
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Long before President Eisenhower built the interstate highways, my grandfather, Philip Krut, drove his family from Detroit to Cleveland.
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I Will Survive by
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Prompted By Resolutions

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I’ve never been big on making resolutions because I know I will never keep them. But this prompt asks me to ponder the topic. Thus, in 2022, I resolve to … Stay sane Be healthy Keep my anxiety under control Stop making “suggestions” to my middle-aged kids See friends and family in person when it’s…
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A Christmas Letter from an Old Friend by
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Prompted By Holiday Letters

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What is it about a friendship that stays with you forever, even when your communication is reduced to an annual letter and a few emails and phone calls?
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From the Mouths of Babes by
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Prompted By Comic Relief

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Early childhood educators often find relief through the funny and endearing things their young charges do and say. Sometimes, you just have to laugh.
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Whoever Gossips to You, Will Gossip About You by
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Prompted By Gossip

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The Spanish proverb that is the title of my story is a painful lesson I learned as a young adult. Growing up in a traditional Jewish household, I was taught two Jewish proverbs as a child: “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.” “Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands.”…
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Tossing the Dice by
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Prompted By Dice

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Not easy for a woman who hates to gamble. But nothing in life is ever a sure bet.
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Why I’m Grateful This Thanksgiving by
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I love Thanksgiving and taking time to feel grateful for the blessings in my life.
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From House Calls to No Calls by
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Prompted By Family Medicine

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All of this makes me long for the days when most health care was affordable and doctors were reachable by simply calling their office.
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Not Part of the Chain Gang by
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Prompted By Chain Letters

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Chain letters were never my thing.
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The Final Farewell by
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Prompted By Regrets

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I wish I had been able to be with him to tell him I loved him and hold his hand. I will always regret not being there for that final farewell.
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The Halloween-Industrial Complex by
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Prompted By Trick or Treat?

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When did Halloween evolve into such a huge deal? I have a hard time remembering much about Halloween from my childhood. Perhaps that’s because I am trying to recall memories from 65 years ago. Once, I asked my mother what costumes I wore for Halloween, and she informed me that it really wasn’t that important…
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Some Pandemic-Flavored Lemonade by
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Prompted By Lemons to Lemonade

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But I do think some of the changes necessitated by the pandemic will be positive ones if we choose to learn from them.
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New Rules: Parking by
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Prompted By Parking

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I love to shop local and support the small businesses that still exist in my community, but the first consideration is always parking.
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Where Have All the Bookstores Gone? by
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Prompted By Children's Books

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Bring your children to experience wandering among shelves of actual books before it is too late. And don’t forget to visit and support your local library.
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Booka-booka-booka by
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Prompted By Children's Books

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One of my fondest memories of raising my children was cuddling up at bedtime with a book and reading together. 
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Sock it to Me by
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Prompted By Variety Shows

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I was never a lover of Ed Sullivan (except for the famous Beatles performance) or Carol Burnett, but boy did I enjoy Rowan and Martin and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
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Not a Goldfish by
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Prompted By Attention Span

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After I retired, I joined the board of the preschool I had founded as a community representative. We were planning our 25th anniversary year celebration, which was to include a video of the founding, history, and philosophy of the school. It was during a discussion about this video that I learned that people in 2017…
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The Death of the Family Dinner by
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Prompted By Mealtime

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The demise of the family dinner is definitely a loss.
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Twenty Years Later: Trying to Recapture the Power of Community and Caring by
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Those preschoolers who started school on September 11, 2001, may not remember that day, but I hope they will be able to recapture the sense of community, caring, and working for the common good that we felt back then.
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Cars, Cars, Cars by
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Prompted By Going to Work

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As a native of the Motor City, everyone I knew drove to work.
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Punch Lists and Prayers by
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Prompted By Home Repair

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Next hurtle – what contractor in his right mind would undertake this project with such an unrealistic budget and very tight timeline? It was now June and we needed to open the school in September.
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From This Old House to Property Brothers by
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Prompted By Home Repair

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My husband only occasionally engaged in DIY projects with me “supervising,” but we did live for 45 years in a house built in 1911. And we loved our old house, despite its frequent need for repairs.
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Memento Mori by
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Prompted By Senior Moments

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It’s easy to laugh about senior moments when your parents lived long lives with their faculties intact. Not so easy for my friend whose mother and uncles all developed Alzheimer’s.
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How Dating Rules Evolved by
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Prompted By Dating

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As I reflect on dating from the time I became a teen to that fateful night when I met my husband-to-be, it was a pretty bleak time for a female.
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Our Grand Summer Trip by
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Prompted By That Summer

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Thankfully, one summer 52 years ago my husband I made an impractical and probably irresponsible choice. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of our lives.
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Deep Fried Butter by
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But that food! I never knew everything imaginable could be fried.
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Paper Dolls, Potholders, and Pies by
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Prompted By Hobbies

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Looking back at my hobbies as a young girl, I realize how passive and home-bound they were.
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Now for Happy Anniversary* by
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Prompted By Anniversaries

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I come from a family that marked every special occasion with a family photo.
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April 19, 2015 by
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Prompted By Anniversaries

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I will never forget the actual anniversary of the day my mother died, April 19, 2015.
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Traveling Abroad with Kids by
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Prompted By Family Trips

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I wondered if they would have been just as happy going to a resort near home that had a pool.
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Enough by
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Prompted By Guns Then and Now

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My grandkids live in a very different world, characterized by mass shootings, increasing gun ownership, and everyday violence that claims so many lives in cities like Chicago near where I live.
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Why My Purse is so Heavy by
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I have tried buying smaller, light weight purses to spare my back. But that will only work if I don’t overload them until they are bursting with essentials that I can’t leave home without. Or so I think. I’m going to inventory the contents of my smallish summer purse. Here are the items that are…
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Double Jeopardy by
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My parents loved most of the game and quiz shows that were popular when I was growing up.
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The Club No One Expects to Join by
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Prompted By Cliques and Clubs

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Loving a child with disabilities grants you membership to a club which people never aspire to join.
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How Katerina Became Bert and Other Pet Name Tales by
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Prompted By Naming Pets

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Allowing kids to name their pets leads to the most creative and special pet names.
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From Reusing Tin Foil to Recycling Tons of Plastic by
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Prompted By Recycling

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I remember my grandparents’ version of recycling, best summed up by the saying “waste not want not.”
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Canceling Michael and Woody by
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Michael Jackson’s actions were so unforgivable that I cringe when I hear his music. But now that he’s gone, is it okay to dance? I’m not sure.
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Radio Guys by
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Prompted By Remembering Radios

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Reflecting on radio, I remember my father and my middle brother, both of whom depended on it to survive.
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Just a Housewife by
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This Mother’s Day, I salute my mother and all who understand and appreciate the importance and challenges of what she called being “just a housewife.”
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All Vaccinated and Nowhere to Go by
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Prompted By Vaccination

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For now, our lives as vaccinated people are better, but we still question every decision we make about getting back to whatever normal will be.
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Tech Support by
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Now, I’m starting to know how my mother felt about tech support — dazed and confused.
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On the Sixth Anniversary of my Mother’s Death by
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Prompted By Those We Miss

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My mother’s absence is part of my daily life now. But there are still times when the wound still feels fresh.
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Remembering An Affair to Remember by
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Prompted By Rewatchable Movies

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Amazingly, An Affair to Remember, the movie women of my generation shed pools of tears over, just turned sixty-four.
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Some Manners I Don’t Miss by
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Prompted By Manners

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Here are a few manners I didn’t pass on to my kids …
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The Children Always Left Behind by
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Prompted By Inequality

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Virtual schooling has been judged to be a failure for many children, especially those disadvantaged by ability or challenging circumstances in their home lives.
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Racial Awakening by
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Prompted By Inequality

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Growing up, the only people of color I knew were our cleaning woman, Pam, and a series of successors whose names I can’t recall.
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Top Ten Pet Peeves by
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Prompted By Pet Peeves

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I forget what #10 was. Getting harder to remember stuff.
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Making Peace with my Hair by
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Prompted By Haircuts

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I ended up with neither straight nor curly hair. I have tried to push my hair one way or the other all of my life.
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What Did I Miss? by
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This past year has made me realize what really matters most to me.
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Mickey Mouse’s Roller Coaster and Other Junk Peddled to Kids by
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Note: No children were warped by their exposure to this junk.
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My Screen Memory by
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Prompted By First Memory

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My screen memory is actually about my baby brother and my wish that he would disappear.
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The Ties That Bind Us by
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Prompted By Reconnecting

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My reconnecting stories begin with ways to rekindle old ties that have fallen away over the years.
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Valentine’s Day Grinch by
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Prompted By Valentine's Day

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Preschoolers understand and need expressions of love and caring every day. Come to think of it, so do most people.
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Hats Off by
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Prompted By Hats

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The last time I wore a hat, aside from ugly winter wear on below zero days, was the beret in my featured image.
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Here Comes the Sun by
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Prompted By Inaugurations

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When Jon Bon Jovi kicked off the evening’s entertainment singing Here Comes the Sun as the Florida sun rose in the background, I felt the optimism that comes with a sunrise after a dark and stormy night.
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Teaching my Grandkids to Make Good Trouble by
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Prompted By Good Trouble

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My message to my grandkids and their peers is to stand up for what you believe in and then to go out and make some noise. I will always be proud of you for any “good trouble” you create along the way.
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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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The Tenth One Goes to Michigan by
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1963, the year I started college, was a rather schizophrenic time for women. There were glimmerings of feminism and social activism, but a lot of the old expectations for women lived side-by-side with these new ideas.
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The Kindness of a Child by
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He climbed up the slide like a superhero, reassuring the child not to worry saying, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here for you. I’ll go down with you.”
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Haunted by the 2000 Election by
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On this Halloween, I pray the results of the upcoming election do not make it into another one that haunts me. Our country deserves a treat rather than a trick this time.
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I’m Persisting, I’m Speaking, and I’m Voting by
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Random thoughts from a nasty woman facing a long winter … One of my favorite political memes is “Nevertheless, she persisted,” said by Mitch McConnell to Elizabeth Warren back in February of 2017. She refused to be silenced while reading a letter into the Senate record written by Coretta Scott King opposing Jeff Sessions for…
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How Computers Wrecked What Really Mattered by
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The more computer savvy I became, the less contact I had with those little humans who mattered so much to me.
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Shoes That Made Me Cry by
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Prompted By Shoes

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As one of our guides said, “They disappeared.” Only their shoes remained behind. Some of them were so tiny.
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Walking Away from Home in my Weejuns by
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Prompted By Shoes

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Weejuns represented my journey in college to becoming my own person.
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Good Funerals by
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Prompted By Final Farewell

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Funerals were forbidden when I was growing up. They were mysterious events my parents attended with other adults. My first introduction to this final rite of passage was my grandfather Philip Krut’s funeral on May 2, 1972. I was 26 years old and the mother of a one-year-old. Did I attend alone? Were my husband…
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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Reflections Over Generations by
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Prompted By Rites of Passage

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In Judaism, turning thirteen is a big deal. For generations, boys were called to read from the Torah in a ceremony called a bar mitzvah, which marked their entry as an adult into the Jewish community. This was a boys-only club until March 18, 1922, when American rabbi Mordecai Kaplan held the first bat mitzvah…
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My Write Brain by
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Prompted By Brain Games

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I was 68 when my “write brain” took over. I have written over 800 stories and a book since I retired. While I don’t do brain games, my brain is far from idle. In fact, it may be a bit too busy.
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The Rose Garden by
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Prompted By The Garden

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I still have her pictures somewhere on my phone, but more importantly, I have the memory of sharing those wonderful summer days in the Rose Garden.
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Meditation on Turning 75 by
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Prompted By Lost and Found

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The lost part of turning 75 on is easy to write. Yet, I hope I have found the perspective and patience to look forward rather than to wallow in the misery of the present.
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Dancing with the Stars, 1960s Version by
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Prompted By Fame

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It is so true that, as Andy Warhol famously said, “In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.” During the summers of my freshman and sophomore years of high school, I indulged my interest in theater by becoming an apprentice at Northland Playhouse in the newly built Northland Mall in a suburb of…
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How Yard Sales Created and Almost Destroyed a School by
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Prompted By Yard Sales

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I stayed away from yard sales for many years after that experience, but starting Cherry Preschool with no money meant I would have to become a garage and yard sale lover.
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My Report Card for Eight Vows I Made to Parent Differently by
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Prompted By I Swore I'd Never

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Looking back, there were many things my mother did that were wonderful. And yet, I had a list of eight things I swore I would never do as a parent.
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We Could Use Some Middle Children These Days by
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Prompted By Birth Order

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As we mark Middle Child Day, I think we are missing folks who embody the stereotypical qualities of middle children.
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First Born Daughter by
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Prompted By Birth Order

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I’m pretty sure my younger brothers would agree that, even at our ages and retired persons status, I can still be pretty bossy.
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Can Friendship and Forgiveness Coexist? by
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Prompted By Forgiveness

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Can you forgive a friend? My answer is a resounding “yes.” In fact, it goes beyond something you can do to something you must do.
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Pandemic Generations Struggle Through Summer by
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Prompted By Pandemic Summer

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Our country has failed this generation of children whose lives will be forever defined by their experiences during the pandemic.
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My Grandkids Can’t Read my Recipe Cards by
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So why couldn't they read the neatly transcribed directions? Well, because they were written in cursive.
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Embracing Sarah Bernhardt by
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Prompted By Protests

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As I grew older, I learned to embrace the Sarah Bernhardt in me. I came to see it as having the courage of my convictions and the ability to stand up for what I believed.
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A Life Devoted to Protesting for Justice: Marcy Wiersch Johnson by
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Prompted By Protests

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They were marching partly as a tribute to Marcy, a woman whose life embodied so much of what protests and activism had accomplished to advance the cause of social justice.
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From Motown to E-town by
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Prompted By My Hometown

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Still, this is my hometown. I love it for the amazing people I have met here and its overall caring heart and beauty.
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Lost a Friend, Gained a Spouse by
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Prompted By Chance Encounters

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That chance meeting ended up being the longest date of my life. It has lasted 54 years.
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Walk Easy in Dancing by
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Prompted By Embarrassment

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As I approached Jeffrey, my face crimson, he uttered the word that doomed me – relax.
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What’s Life? A Magazine by
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Prompted By Magazines

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For me, magazines are like comfort food. Not necessarily good for me, but all I want to read when I’m sick or feeling low.
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Aunt Mickey by
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Prompted By Aunts & Uncles

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She was the fun aunt – the one who let me do everything my mother forbid.
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The Shadow Box by
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Prompted By Memorabilia

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After both of my parents had died, I was left with some special memorabilia and a powerful need to remember them.
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Look What I Found by
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Prompted By Memorabilia

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When we decided to downsize and move from our home of 45 years to a condo, we never dreamed we would have so much time to sort and travel down memory lane. Deciding what to keep or donate or discard became a DIY project during our #stayathome approach to being seniors who should avoid exposure…
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Sacred Recipes by
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Prompted By Recipes

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The sacred recipes I shared have a few things in common. They are easy to create, and they bring people joy.
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My Grandma’s Superstitious Surprise by
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Prompted By Superstition

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Her superstitions were old wives’ tales she brought to America from the old country as a girl.
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Shalimar by
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I rushed home and sprayed myself with Shalimar. It wasn’t a strong scent, but I could smell my mother’s perfume.
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Coronavirus Craziness Plus Moving Madness by
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Trying my best to “keep calm and carry on.”
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Ding Dong, Avon Calling by
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Prompted By Door-to-Door Sales

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Looking back, “Ding dong, Avon calling,” was an important stepping stone for my mother to gain confidence in an era in which people actually answered their doorbells.
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When Frightening Dreams Come True by
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Prompted By Dreams

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My worst dreams have become a reality as we struggle through these endless days of #stayathome.
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Passover Present and Past by
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When we got to reciting the ten plagues during our Zoom seder, I know all of us were thinking about an eleventh one that kept us apart this year.
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Story of the (Almost) Lost Child* by
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Prompted By Close Calls

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We went to Paris and Israel in 1984, the year our son turned thirteen. It was a wonderful trip marred by a few unforeseen catastrophes, the greatest of which was almost losing his little sister. Our daughters were ten and seven, and it was our youngest who gave me one of the most frightening close…
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A Rose by Any Other Name by
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Prompted By Nicknames

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Do I dare to gift myself with my true name of Lauren? Probably too late, and after all, no one calls me “Big Laurie” anymore. Mostly, I go by Gramma.
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COVID-19 Panic – The Best of Times and the Worst of Times by
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Life as we know it has ground to a halt. This is the staycation from hell that no one planned or wanted.
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A Lifetime of Tribes by
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Prompted By Finding Your Tribe

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My life has been enriched by every community I have been part of, every group with which I have shared a common goal and a connection.
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To My Fellow Caregivers in the Waiting Room by
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Prompted By Caregiving

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Some of the most loving people I have ever seen are the parents and caregivers in waiting rooms of speech pathologists, occupational therapists, play therapists, physical therapists, and almost any place that works with children who have disabilities.
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When Women Do the Asking by
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Prompted By Leap Day

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I remember feeling passive and helpless when it came to dating.
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The Real Story Behind my Parents’ Love Letters by
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Prompted By Family Myths

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Now that my parents are gone, I realize there were so many questions I wish I had asked them. All I have now are their letters to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of the years between when they met and their marriage.
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Soupy Sales vs Mister Rogers by
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I wish our country’s leadership and values embodied less of Soupy Sales and more of Fred Rogers these days.
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Unretired: How Writing Gave me a Purpose by
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Prompted By Retirement

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Now when someone asks what I do, I answer for myself. I’m unretired and I’m writing and having a blast.
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Da Bears! by
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Prompted By Super Bowl

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Thirty-five years after the giddy fun of singing the Super Bowl Shuffle and celebrating Da Bears’ victory, this former Superfan is done.
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A Christmas Letter from an Old Friend by
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Prompted By Snail Mail

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It’s several pages of blue ink on real stationery that’s crammed full of things I want to know: the health of her husband, the latest project she is working on, what her three sons are doing, and cute anecdotes about her grandkids.
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Who Will Take my Grandmother’s Teacups? by
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Prompted By Moving Day

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So yes, it is time to get started. But first, I have to find a good home for this Waterford bowl my aunt gave me when I got married.
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Finding my Lost Old Friends by
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As I age, I reflect back over all of the people who were important to me for a period of time and then lost as our lives took different paths.
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The Button Box and Other Stuff I Should Toss by
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Prompted By Get Organized

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My husband has shirts and sweatshirts hanging in this closet that fit into the category of “I thought I had a shirt that I used to wear with this sweater but it’s gone.”
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My Mother’s Art of Tidying Up by
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Prompted By Get Organized

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I lack my mother’s passion for tidying up. So I have decided to embrace the clutter in my life and put my energy into things that really “spark joy.”
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Celebrating the New Year Over a Lifetime by
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Prompted By The New Year

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Looking over the ways I have celebrated the New Year, it’s hard to remember why it used to be such a big deal.
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by
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I’ve enjoyed some of the movies that have made top ten lists. Parasite, The Irishman, JoJo Rabbit, and Marriage Story are particularly good among the ones I have been able to see. But my favorite movie of the year for pure enjoyment is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It was released this summer, so people…
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Holidays Leave Me Overwhelmed and Nostalgic by
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Prompted By Holidaze

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I have no control over the holidaze. The only thing I can control is how I respond to it.
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Annette by
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Prompted By Cousins

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Annette was more like the sister I always wished for than a cousin.
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The Sharing Tree by
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Prompted By Charity

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I hope the preschoolers we taught remember that charity begins in our hearts and in the way we treat one another.
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Remembering Babyhood with Love by
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Prompted By Baby Books

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When I thumb through my mother’s attempt to memorialize my early childhood, it doesn’t really matter what she wrote or what she saved. The love with which she did it is what endures.
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Surprise, You’re Pregnant by
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Prompted By Surprise!

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Becoming pregnant was shrouded in mystery back then. There was always an element of surprise when I became pregnant.
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Ok, Boomer by
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Prompted By Ageism

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Young people are using the phrase OK, boomer to indicate disdain for folks of my generation.
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My Celebrity Crushes by
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Prompted By The Crush

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In July of 2018, Arthur Andrew Gelien died. I knew him as Tab Hunter and had his picture pasted in a scrapbook devoted to my celebrity crushes. I was my granddaughter’s age when I swooned to his song Young Love and watched him in the movie Damn Yankees. He was cute and, like several of…
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When Hated-Filled Bullying Replaces Hope and Change   by
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Prompted By Bullying

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I want to put my grandkids in a bubble to keep them from seeing all of the hatred and bullying out there since Trump descended that golden escalator.
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Grandma and the Mean Girl Dolls by
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Prompted By Bullying

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I hoped my granddaughter and her peers would embrace the importance of sisterhood before the Mean Girl games of middle school took over.
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Suicide Mission to the Library by
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Prompted By Libraries

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There is nothing I love more than reading to young children. I felt like we had fallen into a treasure trove of great entertainment.
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The Day My Computer Blew Up by
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Prompted By Hacks and Scams

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The screen froze. A red, pulsing light covered QuickBooks, accompanied by a loud, persistent beep. I froze in horror, as this old laptop contained all of my husband’s bookkeeping and our personal finances in Quicken. The only thing visible was a Windows logo and a trouble-shooting phone number. I know. I should never have called…
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Suburbia 1950s Style: Little Boxes by
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Prompted By Home

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Suburbia and my mother were grooming me for my future occupation of Mom.
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The American Child Care Dilemma by
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Parents check references and hope the person they hire is caring and competent. If they find Mary Poppins, they have to pray she doesn’t quit without notice.
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House of Cards by
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Prompted By Games People Play

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I grew up in a house of cards. Literally.
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Ten Games This Grandma Hates to Play by
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Prompted By Games People Play

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I hope my children picture me as a doting grandmother, happily playing with their children, unburdened by the daily demands of parenting. And it’s true that one of the joys of having grandchildren is spending special time together. To me, that means reading books, drawing, going to the park, singing and dancing to Beatles tunes…
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My Micro-Road Rage by
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Prompted By Road Rage

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September is National Courtesy Month, so I am making an extra effort to stay calm and be a polite driver. Just wish others would do the same.
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“There are Far Worse Things Than to Steal a Book” by
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Warren taught me through example what it really meant to be a mensch, a good human being.
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Kindergarten over Three Generations by
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Prompted By Kindergarten

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My youngest grandchild starts kindergarten next week. Here’s hoping he gets a loving teacher who understands that young children learn best in a play-based kindergarten.
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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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A Honeymoon Planned by my Mother-in-Law by
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Prompted By Honeymoon

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I’ll always be grateful to my MIL for talking us into what was, back then, a glamorous honeymoon trip rather than spending a few days at a local resort or hotel.
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Lost a Friend, Gained a Spouse by
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Prompted By First Dates

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It was also the night I committed the most anti-feminist act ever. I came with Paula but left with Fred.
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I Miss Shopping Local by
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Prompted By Shopping Local

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After taking my grandkids to a real children’s bookstore and seeing their excitement, I feel sad that this experience may not be part of their lives as they grow up.
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An English Teacher by
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To me becoming an English teacher was a punchline. And yet, that is just where my college path led me.
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Random Social Media Photo Creates Connections by
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Such is the nature of social media friendships. They can wax and wane. But I still find it remarkable to feel close with someone I have never actually met.
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PE for Girls Over Three Generations by
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I wish my PE perils had been more pleasurable and that I had learned activities I could have done all of my life.
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Exams Once Ruled My Life by
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Prompted By Exams

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Exams once ruled my life. Now, having experienced many true tests over a lifetime, I realize that no amount of preparation guarantees a good result. It is what I do with the hand I’m dealt that truly matters.
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How My Mother Taught Me to Drive by
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Prompted By Learning to Drive

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I had my first accident before I even had a driver’s license. Armed with my learner’s permit, I cautiously drove a few blocks to the A&P with my mother. When, we arrived, she pointed to a spot and told me to pull in there. I did, but I also bumped into the car in the…
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From Ducking Under Desks to Active Shooter Drills by
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Prompted By Cold War Coping

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As part of the duck and cover generation, I despair that my legacy to today’s school children is a country in which they understand that there is no real safety as long as the gun culture persists.
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Earth Day 2019: The Notre Dame Fire by
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Prompted By Earth Day

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This Earth Day, let’s keep in mind that our actions today can improve our health and well-being tomorrow, provide a brighter future for the next generation, and have beneficial consequences many generations from now that could never be foreseen today.
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The Taxman Cometh by
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Prompted By Taxes

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From my father, I inherited the importance of honesty and fairness regarding taxes.
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Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 and Other Poetry in my Life by
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Prompted By Poetry

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The first poem I remember from my childhood is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. I memorized it when I was young to impress my father, who was a huge history buff. Not a great poem, but I still remember some of it: Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the…
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When Spring Break Breaks You by
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Prompted By Spring Break

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For my granddaughter with significant disabilities, spring break will literally break her, along with the rest of us.
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Frances Perkins: A Woman I Admire by
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Prompted By Women We Admire

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Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor for all twelve years of his administration, was the first female cabinet secretary and a woman you should know and admire.
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Betrayed by a Church by
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Prompted By Betrayal

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Ironically, being betrayed by a church led to the creation of an early childhood program based on values to which religious institutions should aspire: community, inclusion, acceptance, caring, kindness, and love for children.
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Starting a Marriage in a Garden Apartment by
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Prompted By My First Apartment

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My first real apartment, not counting the college one with mean notes posted on the refrigerator to clean the bathroom and the dial removed from one roommate’s television so no one else could watch it, was the basement unit (AKA Garden Apartment) my new husband and I inhabited right after our wedding in August of…
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New Beginnings Over a Lifetime by
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Prompted By New Beginnings

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I started writing for MyRetrospect in July of 2018, so I’m a relative newbie. John Zussman found a post I had written on another site and asked if he could use it. Then he asked if I wanted to write for Retrospect. I loved the format and, as a woman looking at her 70th birthday…
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Turning Points on Road to Retirement by
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Prompted By Turning Points

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I have been thinking lately about the many different roads or turning points that have made up the map of my life thus far. Sometimes, the choice of path was the more traveled one. Sometimes, I chose the one less traveled by. Looking back on a lifetime of choices, it seems like some of the most important ones chose me.
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My Thing About Gifts by
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Prompted By Gifts

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Lately, I have been thinking that, aside from the little ones in my life who love to tear open wrapping paper to find a new toy, the best gift may be the gift of time.
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Leaving Home by
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Prompted By Home

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At some point, almost everyone experiences leaving home.
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A Valentine to My Grandkids by
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The thing that connects babies to their parents and children to their grandparents is love.
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For the Many Brown Eyed Girls Out There by
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Prompted By Songs We Sang

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When the song came out we all took it as a tribute to brown eyed girls who were in love, and later to brown eyed girls in general.
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Temptation – My Battle to Resist Desserts by
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Prompted By Temptation

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My mother loved to bake, a trait I inherited. The only way to avoid sweet treats and baked breads at home is to deny myself the pleasure of creating them.
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My Family’s Ever-Changing Thanksgiving Tradition by
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Prompted By Family

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I look at this photo and sigh. This was my family’s Thanksgiving table seventy years ago. I’m the second child on the left, sharing a meal with two generations now gone. In fact, my dear cousin sitting directly across from me has also died. But the tradition of sharing a meal with folks you love…
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Hell No, We Won’t Go by
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Hell no, we won't go. And the truth is most people I knew didn't end up in Vietnam.
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The 2018 Midterm Election: You Can’t Always Get What You Want by
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Prompted By Politics

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All of my years as a faithful voter have taught me that it’s important to keep trying. Eventually, I hope our country will get what it needs.
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My “I Like Ike” Pin by
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Prompted By Politics

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Actually, even as a lifelong Democrat (my parents indoctrinated me well), I kind of still like Ike.
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I’m the Sucker Who Falls for Practical Jokes, and I Hate It by
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I do have a sense of humor, but please don’t tease me or make me (or someone else because I’m an overly empathic person) the butt of a prank or practical joke.
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Pursuing the Perfect Purse by
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Perfection in a purse is an elusive pursuit I am afraid I will never achieve. For now, I have taken a vow. No new purses.
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Baby Love by
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Prompted By Parenthood

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Back in those days, young couples didn’t get dogs first so they could practice their future parenting skills. So my baby son was my proverbial first pancake.
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An MRI to the Tune of The Beatles by
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Prompted By Beatles vs Stones

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And so ended my MRI trip down memory lane. It would be a long and winding road to repair what time had done to me. Once — as the Beatles reminded me — I was just 17. Now I am 71.
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I’m the Girl Who Still Loves Paul by
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Prompted By Beatles vs Stones

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Yep, my heart went boom. I loved this music, and I adored Paul.
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Sorting Old Pictures – A Bittersweet Effort to Put Life in Order by
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Prompted By Good Riddance

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For some pictures, it was easy to say good riddance. But the photos of people I love – that’s another matter.
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The Party That Rocked my Block by
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Prompted By Parties

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My first two kids were pretty tame as teens, so when I learned about the ambulance in front of our house and every neighbor standing outside watching, it was a shock. Child #3 was far more social than her sibs, and she threw quite a party in my absence. Of course, my husband and I…
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The Family Dinner Bites the Dust by
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Prompted By What We Ate

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These days, the concept of a family dinner has bitten the dust. My grandkids graze rather than sitting down as a family to eat.
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All the Single Ladies: Going Back to Middle School in Your Final Years by
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Prompted By Middle School

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In so many ways, the senior living experience was a reincarnation of middle school. Men caused major mean girl issues, even for women in their eighties and nineties.
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My Summer Job – Hard Work for a Very Small Paycheck by
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Prompted By My First Paycheck

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My first paycheck, and many meager ones that followed, taught me to respect people who work hard but earn little -- something to think about especially on Labor Day.
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Fame is Not the Same as Success by
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Prompted By Fame

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Most successful people follow their dreams and achieve things that bring great meaning to their lives. For a very few, lightning will strike and they will become famous. But for most, the satisfaction will come from a job well done and a life well lived.
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My First Experience with a Computer was a Disaster by
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Prompted By Disasters

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Disaster struck. My thesis had vanished. The computer had eaten it and refused to spit it out. 
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Lines of Communication by
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(236 Stories)

Prompted By The Social Network

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I have come full cycle from the days when the umbilical cord of my old kitchen connected me to my friends. Like my parents before me and my kids and grandkids, I now avoid long conversations. They cost me valuable time.
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Why I Love/Hate Facebook by
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Prompted By The Social Network

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I get why Facebook can be a good thing. Like my mother, I love seeing photos of folks I know (although not so much their food). It’s fun to discover an old friend and learn about the latest news from a friend or relative I don't see very often. It is an interesting diversion as well as a way for me to get my blog posts out to folks who want to read them. But in the run-up to the 2016 election and after, Facebook has become something else: a place to spew hatred and divisiveness.
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1968: The Year Mr. Rogers Neighborhood Began by
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Prompted By 1968

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Fifty years ago, on February 19, 1968, one of my personal heroes, Fred Rogers, launched his children’s show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The PBS program, featuring a kindly man in a cardigan and blue sneakers, introduced millions of young children to the concepts of patience, kindness, acceptance, and caring for their neighbors. 1968 was the beginning of a frightening time that felt much like life does today in 2018. Perhaps this is why people weep at showings of Won’t You Be My Neighbor.
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