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Ball of Confusion* by
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(22 Stories)

Prompted By 1968

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1968. High school. Last half of junior year, first half of senior year. Waiting for my life to start for real. Yearning to move on. Falling in love, falling in lust, making some bad choices and a couple of good ones, trying new things, boys on my mind, unhappy at home, hard truths, assassinations, end…
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Sunnyside Up in Panzano* by
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(22 Stories)

Prompted By Nudity

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This must be the way things are done here, I thought. No turning back now. So I focused on the ceiling fan as it spun in a lazy circle, thinking about how I would describe this feeling to my friends.
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Triumph Over My Arch Nemeses by
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(22 Stories)

Prompted By Hair

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I was never really satisfied, but basically gave up on achieving the ideal arch I'd been searching for most of my life. I mean, while doing other things and actually HAVING a life.
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one’s not half two, it’s two are halves of one by
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(22 Stories)

Prompted By Weddings

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I woke up that morning thinking: today I will glow. I always heard that brides get this special glow  you can’t fake or create with makeup, it just happens the day you get married, so I checked the mirror expecting to find it, except it wasn’t there yet, and I thought, well, maybe it creeps…
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Requiem for a Teacher by
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(22 Stories)

Prompted By Teachers & Mentors

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Wesley was an important figure to me at a time when I felt excited, scared, adventurous, and doubtful. He read my words, praised me, and called me out. I felt appreciated and challenged by him.
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Numbers by
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(22 Stories)

Prompted By Those We Miss

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My sister checks in with the woman behind the counter, signing her name and mentioning what she’s there for. It hardly seems necessary to mention this. Everyone who enters this room, unless they are a support person like me, is here for one reason: they have cancer.
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Meeting Madeleine by
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(22 Stories)

Prompted By Babies

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My journey to meet Madeleine began with a phone call. I was in the midst of cleaning out my late mother’s kitchen, standing in front of her pantry looking at boxes and cans dating back to the 20th century, when my son-in-law reached me on my cell phone. “I guess you know why I’m calling,”…
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Easy Reader by
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(22 Stories)

Prompted By What We Read

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One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid: Grab a book and climb a tree and read until someone came looking for me.
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Waist deep in the big muddy. Again. by
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(22 Stories)

Prompted By Student Activism

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As I’ve been following the young activists today who are taking a leadership role in a fight my generation seemed to have given up on, it brought me back to another time when young people felt both helpless and passionate about a cause. In our day, it was the anti-war movement. What is tragically similar…
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My Aunt Rocks! by
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(22 Stories)

Prompted By Aunts & Uncles

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Her name is Rockie, but don’t take her for granite. One of her jokes. Her given name is Rokama. According to several sources I consulted, in Hebrew the name means “comforted.” Or beloved. Or one who has received mercy. Or possibly: compassion. They all fit. If I had to name some of the influential women…
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