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Aerograms, a Pen Pal, and a War by
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Prompted By Snail Mail

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I mostly remember taking my fountain pen and writing tiny, neat lines to cram the most onto the aerogram sheet.
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Rumors of his death … by
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The floor under my feet seemed to drop away, and a roaring began in my head. I must have replayed the message 10 times. Was someone playing a cruel joke?
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Tweet Tweet, Beep Beep by
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Prompted By Surprise!

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Could the one Rolling Stones concert I attended have done that much damage?
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In Praise of Invisible and Brave Women by
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Prompted By Ageism

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We were aware that it was bound to happen someday, but it sneaked up on us unexpectedly.
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Becoming a Modern Elder by
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Prompted By Ageism

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At first I did worry about what to wear (torn, skinny jeans look great on a 30-year-old but on me, not so much), and whether I knew enough about my smart phone.
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OK, Younger Generations by
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Prompted By Ageism

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Think of what we all could accomplish if all parties stopped eye rolling ... and lecturing ... and started working together.
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A Sweet Kennebunkport Crush by
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Prompted By The Crush

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I don't remember much from that week, except for Tony ... Every time his eyes connected with mine, my heart gave a squeeze and then a leap.
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Surviving a Workplace Bully by
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Prompted By Bullying

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I gasped when I realized that I was the perfect target for a workplace bully--a textbook case.
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Shakin’ in the Stacks by
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Prompted By Libraries

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In an instant, there was a rumble and a slight jerk, and then a slow roll, as I watched the stacks of books opposite me rise about a foot and a half, and gently fall, as if carried by ocean waves.
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Grandma Gets Lucky by
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Prompted By Hacks and Scams

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"She called my cell phone and thought I'd gone to Canada and ended up in jail."
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Redd’s Sledd and the Imp Do Donuts by
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The cops stared, open-mouthed, at three 40-something bearded men and the motley trio of cars.
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Sitter of Last Resort by
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When I came to the door, often the kids would greet me with "We don't want you, we want Karen!"
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Joe Defeats Google, Both Win by
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Prompted By Games People Play

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The engineers ultimately understood that the game kept Joe going, giving him energy and focus.
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Ten Miles in Ninety Minutes by
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Prompted By Road Rage

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Route 101 looked like something out of a Mad Max movie ...
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Loved the material, loved the students by
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Roussel was tall, elegant, very perceptive and demanding, but always kind and encouraging. 
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Snacks and Naps by
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Prompted By Kindergarten

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We didn't have to sleep, but had to lie quietly for a time, which seemed like forever but couldn't have been more than 15 or 20 minutes.
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Fish in the Street, Snakes Under Glass by
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Prompted By Weather

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When I looked out the front door, I saw a hip-deep lake where my yard had been ...
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Back to the Garden by
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Prompted By Woodstock

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"We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon."
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The Great British Heritage Mystery by
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Prompted By Genealogy

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Turns out I was "only" 94% eastern European Jewish ...
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A New Normal Neighborhood by
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Prompted By Neighbors

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Outside my bay window I can see a parade of saris, hijabs, turbans, baseball caps, blue jeans, you name it.
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Bored Among the Crowds by
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Prompted By Boredom

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This story is something of a confession: I have had memorable episodes of boredom when I've been around other people ...
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From Earth Dust to Moon Dust by
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Prompted By Moon Landing

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She kept saying in her combination of Yiddish and English, "I can't believe they are walking on the moon."
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Tomes Against the Tides by
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Prompted By Beach Reads

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I'll never forget the syllabus for that summer Russian literature class, which included War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, plus some stories by Pushkin, Gogol, and Chekov.
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Mosquito Magnet by
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Prompted By Fireworks

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Every 4th of July I spent in New Jersey I became exceptionally popular. This one time a year, everyone wanted me to be part of their group ...
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Algorithms Never Lie by
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Prompted By Honesty

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What's scary is how computer algorithms, AI, and all our technology can take data that is perfectly true and turn it into "facts" that are frighteningly false.
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Cruising with the Flu (Hot, Hot, Hot) by
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Prompted By Honeymoon

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If I still was feverish, I couldn't tell once we went outside in the steamy Caribbean.
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My lunch with Omar Sharif by
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Prompted By First Dates

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He said, "I look like Omar Sharif." I thought, "...yeah, and I look like Michelle Pfeiffer."
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A Stroll Down Bloomfield Avenue by
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Prompted By Shopping Local

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United Cigar, run by the Cohen family, was packed with cigars and cigarettes, all types of magazine, and oh, the candy!
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Why Virginia Woolf Landed Me a Client by
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The best college for you is the one that wants you to be there. ... choose the "wrong" major if it resonates with you.
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PE ABCs: Agony from Bombardment to C Stunts by
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The bottom of the gym suit consisted of … bloomers. Yes, ballooning from the waist and ending in tight elastic at the widest part of the thigh.
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Exam Week and Daiquiri Parties by
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Prompted By Exams

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As exam week progressed, we could hear clack, clackety-clack, ding!!, clack, clack, from the living area and dorm rooms in the entire wing, along with the crinkle of bags of potato chips and Cheetos.
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Driving Down the Shore by
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Prompted By Learning to Drive

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I knew I really wasn't supposed to take the car to the beach, but the temptation was too much.
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Shelters, Signs, and Sirens by
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Prompted By Cold War Coping

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The moaning whine infiltrated my nightmares for years. It became a reminder of a situation we could not ignore.
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Poetic Solace in Turbulent Times by
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Prompted By Poetry

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We poets are at all levels, from awesomely accomplished to beginner. I am somewhere in the middle.
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Quirky Neighbors in a Modest Place by
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Prompted By My First Apartment

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Add a land line phone and a black-and-white TV with a coat hanger for an antenna, and my décor was almost complete.
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Ta-ra-ra-boom-dee-ay by
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It seemed like so much fun to me. The real story was much more sobering but also inspiring ...
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Childless with no regrets by
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Prompted By Parenthood

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I kept listening for the tick of the biological clock, but it never ticked.
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Some “thens” I don’t miss by
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I am nostalgic for many things but not all.  Here is a quick take on some of the items from the 50s and 60s I don’t miss. Women’s clothing:  Panty girdles, with their tourniquet-like grip on my thighs. I’ll spare folks the details of feminine hygiene products and accessories of the 60s, but suffice it…
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Hot turkey sandwiches at the Claremont Diner by
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Prompted By Restaurants

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The diner's booths were large enough to swallow a child as small as I was.
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The Kendo Mindset: Art Imitates Sports by
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Prompted By Sports

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For the first and only time, I saw humans flying, literally levitating around the room, so graceful that their bare feet never made a sound when they landed.
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The Year of Learning, Laughter, and Love by
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Prompted By A Year in the Life

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At first 1979 would not seem to be a year of love and laughter, with its gas lines, stagflation, and odd fashions. But in a subliminal moment, a butterfly might alight, even on dried grass or trash, and its perfect wings might wink at you for an instant before it vanishes. That’s how I feel…
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A wish that went full circle by
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Reluctantly I did a second career report, but my heart wasn't in it ... I began to wish to be a writer.
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Different in many ways by
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Prompted By Being Different

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This was my first big revelation--not only had I thought I was different, I really was different. Not only was I in a different physical package from the rest of the group, I had a unique personality profile. 
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Do what you love, even if the money doesn’t follow by
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Prompted By The Road Not Taken

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[he] said that it took a special person to handle this job. The last woman left to become a nun. What an outrageous and fun way to start an interview!
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The Kvetching Diseases by
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Prompted By Illness

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Any woman reading this will identify the "yeah, sure lady" response to our describing a problem with our cars. The same can apply to our bodies.
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Smart Spies by
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Prompted By What We Watched

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One of our family favorites was the goofy spy spoof "Get Smart." Don Adams had a never-ending variety of clumsy antics as a Control agent fighting Chaos (and losing).
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Belonging by
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The characters I played were the ugly, the sad, the silly, the mad, the funny, the old, and the dead. Any role that was quirky attracted me.
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Day tripping to the Cape by
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Prompted By Summer of Love

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Who knew that wind chimes, sunlight through stained glass, and sandalwood could open up another world, one of peace and love?
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A summer “a la francaise” by
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Prompted By Camp

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Few boys, dreadful food, and gleepy green scum at the bottom of the lake--but the swimming, waterskiing, and guitar playing more than made up for it.
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Bypassing Ellis Island by
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Prompted By Immigrants

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How they made their way in this strange place to find my great grandfather, with no money and speaking no English, I have no idea.
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Salt Water, Lemon Ice, and No TV by
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Prompted By The Beach

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In the 1950s and 1960s, there was no television reception on Long Beach Island. Instead, we went out after dinner for lemon ice (made with real lemons and cane sugar), and played a round of miniature golf.
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How I almost went to the prom but got even instead by
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Prompted By Prom

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Jeff lived next door to my close friend Sherry, so I hung out at her house, trying to make myself visible without being too pushy. That’s what girls did in 1970. Boys did the asking to the prom.
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Grandma Rose by
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She passed for 16 so she could work in a garment factory. She never saw the inside of a school room but had wanted to be a doctor. ... She was a woman grounded in tradition who never stopped looking to the future.
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Betting on the end by
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... numbers corresponding to the days of the year were written on slips of paper and placed in plastic capsules, which were put into a deep glass jar (at the time I’d imagined a bingo cage).
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Oh! by
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Her mouth rounded as she faced us and said, "This is Oh--Oh--repeat after me:
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