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Mrs. Madison by
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Prompted By My First Paycheck

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When I was five years old, my grandmother got me a Saturday job with her neighbor, Mrs. Madison. My job was to help collect eggs and feed the chickens. I scattered grain and filled the water cans. I didn’t collect eggs from any hens that pecked at my hands. I did carry the basket, but only…
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Grad Night by
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Prompted By 1968

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Grad Night             1968. Disneyland hosted an all-night grad night for high school seniors in South California. About twenty classmates and I dropped LSD for the first time, on the bus to The Magic Kingdom. The little pills were called Blue Flats. Pharmaceutical. Word was they were made at UCLA.…
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teachers by
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Prompted By Teachers & Mentors

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Susan B Coombs Jr. High School. Seventh Grade. Miss Davies. Homeroom. We were given a woodcut/Rorschach image to view, then write a poem. I don’t remember the poem. But Miss Davies told the class that we had a fine writer and poet in our class, then read my poem. My ears blazed. I felt like…
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Omni by
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Prompted By What We Read

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For years, I subscribed to Omni magazine. They gave me concrete visions of the future, belief in possibility. While The Twilight Zone freed my imagination, Omni told me who was working on what and how it would affect us all. When new technology became available, I’d been expecting it. Like The Sun, it became a…
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Relax by
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Prompted By Marijuana

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Whatever high-pitched motor was driving me faded to a kind of thrum--something like my heartbeat. 
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Honest Work by
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Prompted By Working

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Honest Work            Working as a carpenter was the most honest work I have ever done. In the beginning, I saved for the family that hadn’t yet materialized. Later, I left the house treading softly with babies snuffling familiar scents. My wife always got up with me, made me breakfast, handed me a lunch. Those…
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Danny Kaye by
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Prompted By Drive-Ins

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Windows fogged, bad shocks rocking, breathing like final breaths on a battlefield, bucket seats belong on kayaks, Danny Kaye got rich and nobody knew what he looked like.
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War and Remembrance by
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Prompted By War & Remembrance

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Even though I received a formal invitation to participate in the Viet Nam war, I declined.
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Cadaver Lab by
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Prompted By Science

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    Cadaver Lab           Formaldehyde Shiny floors And two black bags with zippers Awaiting parturition I sought secrets revealed by the dead   A sexy professor with smooth skin Pulled round the zippers And let in the light Illuminating a brain behind the skull A heart behind the breast A…
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Grad Night by
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Prompted By Altered States

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On Mr. Toad’s Ride, I was killed by a freight train. But Small World put me back together.
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