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I laughed until I fell on the floor crying! 😂😂😂 by
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Prompted By Comedy

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In the summer of 1978, I took a group of students to Taiwan for a work-study trip.  Among them was an older female ROTC grad with the officer’s rank of Second Lieutenant.  With me posing as her husband, we entered the American Military”s Officers Club. A hub for the social and political elite, its members…
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Two Driver’s Tests: Having Fun! by
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Prompted By The DMV

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In 1972 my California driver’s license expired after decades of coverage. I had moved to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to prepare my Ph.D. thesis for publication. I needed to renew my license to commute to the library, shop in the markets, and tour Detroit.  Just in the nick of time before the…
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Silence by
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One of the most remarkable discoveries of my dive into family history is the connection between my mother and a close friend with a secret (from me) history.
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George Orwell’s 1984 begins with the clock striking 13 by
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Prompted By Daydreaming

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Orwell’s dramatic book of the future is truly a tragic daydream. My future derives from a similar journey, not a frightful one. It all began with my birth. My mother, Rose, was disappointed that she birthed a male child—as documented by my birth certificate. My first photograph showed me as a three-year-old child in the…
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When prejudice is so ordinary, it is unexpected by
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Prompted By Prejudice

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The word “prejudice” derives from the Latin word “Praejudicim” which means “prior judgment”, or a preconceived opinion not based on actual experience. The following is an example of “post-judgment” based on actual experience.
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The Potter’s Wheel by
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Prompted By Ex-Friends

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Karen, seeking a new life, had fled from her family and friends to Kyoto, Japan.  She fell into equally bad relationships in the expat community. I have tried to explain her process of separating from me.  She joined a potter’s commune on the island of Shikoku where she eventuality became a renowned potter. One day,…
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Strangers in the Car by
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Hitch hiking has transformed from adventure to a warning about self preservation.
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The Cacophony for the Carceral State by
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Prompted By Prison

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Overture.  The Middletown Ct. Police Station—Bartok’s Sonata for two pianos and percussion. Before beginning my job as a substitute teacher, I traveled to the police department for a fingerprint security check.  The officer, a large friendly African American interviewed me. “Where will you be teaching?” “Middletown High School.” “Oh,” he warningly replied. “Do you know…
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Marriage by
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Prompted By Marriage

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The “Haven for Newlyweds” Art Park contained more than one hundred sculptures by Korean artists scattered throughout the lush park with its paths in rolling hills and forests.
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New Year’s Eve by
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Prompted By Retirement

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I have spent my retirement digging through the documents of my past, filing through my history. Here’s a poem I found in a box, long forgotten.  Yoishyo—haiyo.  Haiyo-yoishyo Watching the preparation of Omochitsuki (rice cakes for the New Year), Yearning to take hold of the kine  (mallet) to pound into the usu (stamp mill), Swimming…
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