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Shy by
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Prompted By Drive-Ins

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“There were several drive-ins around Spokane from the 1940s to the 1980s. A few lasted until the early 1990s. A family could take a fussy baby to the drive-in and no one complained. You could park near your friends and chat. Kids could play on a swing set near the screen. And, of course, a…
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Club 50 by
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Prompted By Friendship

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Celebrated the milestone with my own "Cool Girls Are 50" club.
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Skippy and Chester by
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Prompted By Pets

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Alcohol and pet adoption shouldn't mix.
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Who Doesn’t Want a Wife? by
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Prompted By Women's Lib

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In the fall of 1974 I arrived as an incoming freshwoman at Mills College in Oakland, California. We were each assigned a “zipper,” an upperclasswoman who helped orient us to the college, the Bay Area, and the particularities of language in the heyday of feminism. My college essay included something about how comfortable I expected…
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Ice and Snow by
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Prompted By Snow

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Winter in Spokane is an unpredictable thing.  There is usually at least one really good snowfall each year, and months of cold weather.  But there are some years where there can be a serious snow accumulation, followed by a warming trend to get things melting, then another cold snap.  And that could result in epic icicles. Our old…
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The Return of Hair by
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Prompted By Hair

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Imagine his mortification when the performers assemble on stage completely naked.
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The Dead Relatives Tour by
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Prompted By The Great Beyond

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They were set aside as my Cemetery Shoes.
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Quick Take on Halloween by
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Apples? Bah humbug.
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Leading the Band by
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Prompted By In the Band

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I paraded down Main Street with the highest hair and highest hemline I could muster.
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It was a fraternity party. (Shhh.) by
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Prompted By How We Met

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"It's a dance. Well, it's a hoedown."
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Feminine list by
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Prompted By Good Riddance

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A quick list. Good riddance to a number of things, some of which passed through my life but briefly, others that lasted a long time. P.E. class. Prayer meetings. Striving to be a Virtuous Woman (a la Proverbs 31). Carbor paper, and typing up multiple copies of office memos for distribution and filing. Bow tie…
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We called her Pam by
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Prompted By My First Car

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My church youth group pressed into Pam like clowns into a VW bug.
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Exchange family by
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Prompted By Travel

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Written in response to On the Road Again
His appetite insured we had no pesky leftovers cluttering the fridge!
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Fireworks Behind the Scenes by
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Prompted By Independence

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Get paid to blow things up?? He was in!
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Not So Very Bold by
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Prompted By Weddings

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A female officiant? My family was skeptical.
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My Birthday by
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Prompted By Those We Miss

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With some people it requires advancing years to bring a niggling sense of mortality.
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Missing some, but not all by
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Card catalogs, yes. Couples skate? Maybe not.
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They’ll Laugh Someday by
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Prompted By The Things I Keep

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Laughing through tears, I can tell you, is really a thing.
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If I heard it once by
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"Oh, Warren."
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Manpower by
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Why exactly did we need the hats?
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St. George by
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Prompted By Pets

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Prospective lizard owners take note, you also become cricket ranchers.
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The Chuck Wagon by
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Prompted By Vacations

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"What outfit do you cook for?"
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I Wanna Hold Your Hand by
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Prompted By Teenager in Love

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His sisters were all highland dancers and, hand to God, he played the bagpipes.
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Into – and out of – pantyhose by
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Prompted By What We Wore

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I was stopped dead in my tracks one day when a young coworker said she had never worn pantyhose.
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Princess Diana style by
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Prompted By What We Wore

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She lived her life in the public eye. And oh, did she look good doing it.
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My Favorite Book by
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Prompted By Lost in Space

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"The king is pregnant." C'mon, what's not to love about that sentence?
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Second career by
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Prompted By New Beginnings

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At the time, in 2006, it seemed a promising idea.  I had just retired (early) from a long career at Stanford. One is eligible to retire when age plus years of service add up to the magic number 75.  Having started fresh out of college and worked straight through, my relative youth was augmented by…
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Bernice, Therese, and a Duck by
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Prompted By Lessons

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In first grade, I started ballet lessons.  Two sisters – Bernice and Therese – taught in the old craftsman-style home they shared.  Two adjoining front rooms were converted into one large studio, with a barre along one wall, carefully polished floors, and an old phonograph in a corner.  Bernice and Therese seemed about a hundred…
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Sisters in hairstyling by
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Prompted By Hair

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Come on Susan, I'll give you a *real* haircut!
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Homesteading in South Dakota by
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Grandpa was taught "the 3 R's plus" ...the plus included Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and French.
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School Lunch by
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Long before tv show caricatures, the Lunch Lady was an institution at our elementary school.
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Exotic California by
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Dear Mom and Dad, I wonder if you felt the same emptiness I did, when you dropped me off at college in the late 1970s.  I was standing at the entrance of my dorm at the top of a hill, watching as you drove off in the pickup and camper.  I don’t remember tears, but…
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Vanishing Leftovers by
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Prompted By What We Ate

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She was also raised during the depression and hated waste, particularly food waste.
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Freezer Money by
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Prompted By Best Advice: Money

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Two hundred dollars in - excuse the expression - cold, hard cash.
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