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Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, Yet Again by
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Prompted By Protests

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This piece originally appeared in 2018 for the Student Activism prompt. Now in 2020, once again young activists are taking a leading role in the Black Lives Matter movement, taking it to the streets and the seats of government as a beleaguered nation is forced to face its history of systemic racism while a devastating…
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The Mowing of Summer Lawns by
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Prompted By My Hometown

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At dinner time, dads cup their hands around their mouths and call their kids home.
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Martha My Dear by
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Prompted By Chance Encounters

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"It was bashert," she used to say, using the Yiddish word for destiny
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That’s Life by
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Prompted By Magazines

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The photographs in LIFE captured powerful moments, whether the subjects were soldiers, politicians, athletes, poets and writers, Hollywood stars, or everyday people.
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The Enchanted Castle Cake by
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Prompted By Recipes

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It was more than just a cake; it was an architectural marvel. 
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A Visit from my Sister by
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Prompted By Dreams

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There I am, waiting for my shampoo to begin, when my sister emerges from behind the curtain at the back of the salon.
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M-I-C…K-E-Y… M-O-U-S-E! by
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He was my first crush. Cubby O’Brian played the drums on The Mickey Mouse Club. Much to my dismay, he was always paired up with Karen*, who had pretty blonde curls. I didn’t look anything like this: Not me. No way. When I saw an  article in the SF Chronicle about the Disney Family Museum,…
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Time in a Bottle by
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Prompted By Snail Mail

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Or, more accurately: Time captured in a batch of letters. After my mother passed away in 2007, my sister and I found a stash of letters tucked away in my mom’s old cedar hope chest, along with some of what we assumed was her honeymoon lingerie. What a find! I’d forgotten about the letters, but…
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Nu? So It’s Christmas by
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Prompted By Holidaze

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While I enjoyed talking about eight days of presents, what I didn't talk about was how many of my gifts were practical things, like, oh, socks, for example.
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We Are Family by
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Prompted By Cousins

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Once we were six, and now we are five. First cousins.  We lined up like this: my sister, the oldest; the only boy; two of us born a few months apart; the middle of three sisters; and the baby. We posed for pictures together from the time we were toddlers. In the beginning, there were…
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