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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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