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What Did You Learn in School Today? by
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(75 Stories)

Prompted By A Year in the Life

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In September 1958 I had just turned seven, and I was in Mrs. Smith's second-grade class
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Livin’ La Vida Loca by
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Prompted By Vacations

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Memorial Day to the Fourth of July, a good length of time for a vacation
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You Say You Want a Revolution by
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Prompted By That Night

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When I started college in September 1968, I was fresh from the McCarthy presidential campaign and still somewhat idealistic, but also radicalized as a result of being tear-gassed in the streets of Chicago. I went to SDS meetings that fall, but I was still wearing McCarthy campaign buttons every day. I had dozens of different…
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Beechwood 4-5789 by
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Prompted By Technology

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We were early adopters of email, and also of cellphones. Our first email account was through CompuServe, and our user name was a string of numbers that we didn’t even get to pick, so for me they were impossible to remember. My 32-year-old daughter Sabrina, however, can still recite that string of numbers, twenty-some years…
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Different Drum by
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Prompted By Being Different

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In the summer of 1970 the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society had the wonderful opportunity to sing two concerts at Tanglewood, with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. It was an exciting time. We spent the week before the concerts living at Tanglewood, with many rehearsals but also quite a bit of free time.…
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The Way We Were by
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Prompted By Reunions

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I am a reunion junkie! I love them, and it always makes me sad when friends choose not to attend. Last month, October 2017, I had two incredible reunions two weeks apart — my college 45th and my law school 40th. I was on the planning committees for both reunions, worked hard to make them…
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Teach Your Children by
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Prompted By Gender Roles

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For my parents, the gender roles were clear. My mother was in charge of the house and the family, my father dealt with the outside world and earned the money to support us. He might have disagreed with some of the decisions she made regarding us kids, but he would have no more told her…
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They Say It’s Your Birthday by
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Prompted By Birthdays

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Birthdays have always been a big deal to me. I was born on my father’s birthday, which was very special to me, even in the years when I wasn’t close to him. My middle sister was born two days before my mother’s birthday, and I always wished she could have waited another 48 hours to…
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Talkin’ ’bout my generation by
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Prompted By Generation Gap

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The Who, in their song My Generation, famously said “Hope I die before I get old.” One of their members did, drummer Keith Moon, who died at age 32 in 1978. The rest of them later said that line was not to be taken literally. In the abstract I did believe the admonition not to…
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Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind? by
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Prompted By The Road Not Taken

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It was 1974, and after two years of working at the US Department of Transportation, I was ready to quit my job and go to law school. I had applied to several schools on the East Coast, as well as UC Berkeley and two other California schools that I didn’t know much about. Those last…
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