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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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