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Save the Bones for Henry Jones by
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Prompted By Naming Pets

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My younger son was in nursery school at the time and his best buddy, Dugan, thought her name was “Fleabee”, to the amusement of us all.
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There’s Something Happening Here (?) by
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Prompted By Recycling

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Visit the brand new transfer station, spanking clean. Return home and excitedly relate the news. "You're raving about a dump?" Never mind.
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A Timely Postscript by
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Prompted By Remembering Radios

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Some dates are more memorable than others.
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Radio, Radio by
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Prompted By Remembering Radios

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I particularly liked the weekly feature from StoryCorps, personal stories narrated by one family member to another.  Probably no surprise to this crowd.
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Say, what? by
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Worth a thousand words
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Twice-(Thrice-?Umpteenth-?)Told Tales of the Great White North by
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Prompted By Rewatchable Movies

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Let me pose a question: for a movie to qualify as “re”watchable does it first have to be watchable?  What about Stupid Movies, the kind that seem to exist solely to celebrate their own inanity?
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Oh, How I Miss Manners by
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Prompted By Manners

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The full description of the CWP program included an interesting reference to one of the takeaways from the course, something called “Trigger Finger Etiquette”. NO, NO, NO, that’s not “manners”.
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Original Inequality by
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Prompted By Inequality

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Barbara to Mom: “why doesn’t Tommy have to do this?”
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Housekeeping by
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Prompted By Pet Peeves

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'Nuff said.
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I Had Hair Once, But I Used It Up by
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Prompted By Haircuts

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"Regular haircut?" "Yup." Made his day.
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Revolution 1 (Flu Bee Doo Wah) by
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Vaccines arrive. Like Brylcreem: a little jab'll do ya.
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The Relief Pitcher by
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But, of course, the iconic Alka-Seltzer ads featured little Speedy Alka-Seltzer. Bright-eyed and eager he pitched relief to the masses. Known far and wide, yes, but do you know Speedy's backstory?
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Keeping It Reeled? by
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Prompted By First Memory

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I’m sure that among the filmed “memories” are some that I truly recall, but after so many viewings of the home movies I can’t be sure. Is it real or is it Kodachrome II?
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Prompt and Circumstance by
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Prompted By Reconnecting

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(T)he point of these reminiscences isn’t a specific memory, it’s about the conversations that ensue about those memories.
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To Be Continued . . . by
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Prompted By Pandemic Summer

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And so it goes.
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Talkin’ ‘Bout Whose Generation? by
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Prompted By Aunts & Uncles

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That was my first encounter with Hadley. I held her on my lap the entire time. Having this sunny, beautiful four-month-old niece was a welcome counterweight to my grief for my mom.
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I Wuz Robbed by
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Prompted By Aunts & Uncles

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So it starts with a headcount. Between them my parents had five siblings. All brothers. Uncle and, perhaps spousal Aunt possibilities abounded . . . . Alas
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Lost and Found by
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Prompted By Memorabilia

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And looking at how the dates fall I realize that it’s September 1979. Charlie was born Thursday September 27, 1979. Charlie and his mom came home from the hospital on Sunday the 30th. The day the picture was taken.
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One Step at a Time by
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Prompted By Recipes

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(Mom) was drawn to challenging recipes.  With mixed results.  Her sardine pie became the stuff of family legend, firmly anchoring the bottom end of the results scale.
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Bad Moon Rising by
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Prompted By Superstition

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Seems to me that Covid-19 has set the stage for the emergence of new superstitions.
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The (Very) Deep State by
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But getting back to fragrant flashbacks, while no such aromas come to mind, I can conjure tastes. 
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For What It’s Worth by
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The first question is, “what if we’re wrong?”  The second, larger question is, “what if we can’t know?”
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This is a Developing Story by
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But if one was the picture-perfect-postcard of a vacation the other was the photographic negative from which it was printed.
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The Wurst of Times by
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Prompted By Retirement

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First there was the retirement that wasn’t, observed by many, and then there was the retirement that “was”, observed by almost no one. And midway between them was a short-circuited retirement, a retirement that “wasn’t” also observed by almost no one. The end.
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Hot Hot Hot by
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Prompted By Super Bowl

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I served a generous portion, grated sharp cheddar on top, and plunged my fork in to discover . . . chunky bean soup. Zero alarm. A fire retardant.
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There and Back Again by
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Prompted By Moving Day

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My experience in returning to Lake Placid that late afternoon encapsulated the rightness of my choice.
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Still Nosy After All These Years by
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Remember “Eileen” from “You Made Me Love You” ( the Crush prompt)? 
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How’s That Again? by
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Prompted By Ageism

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And finally, when did us older folk as individuals become “we” and seem to merit attention as if we were dumb, blind and simple?  As in, how are “we” feeling?
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You Made Me Love You . . . by
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Prompted By The Crush

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I don’t know what the definition of “crush” is, offhand. Certainly, it’s an intense infatuation, a deep, deep feeling. But I think there’s something more, a notion of unavailability. . . . . But there's unavailability and then there's unavailability.
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Adventures in Libraryland by
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Prompted By Libraries

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The first step for new hires in the group was mastery of a seventy-page manual about alphabetization Seriously.
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Brake Padding by
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Prompted By Hacks and Scams

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I suspect that had I fallen for the Mavis scam they would have done nothing and billed me for brake replacement.
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Rescue Me by
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Prompted By Pets

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Perhaps many who engage in dog rescue affirmatively choose to do so. Others, like my ex-wife Laura and me, just stumble into it.
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Minding Monkey by
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My partner, Dina’s mother Barbara, was going out with her for support, and Dina needed someone to look after her pup, whom she called “Monkey”. I told her to forget about boarding, especially because Monkey had been a shelter pup, and volunteered to look after him at our house.
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In the Beginning a/k/a Original Spin by
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Prompted By Games People Play

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Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman . . ." And the 'woman' said, "Say, what?" And God said, "Let the games begin."
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Dirt Road Rage by
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Prompted By Road Rage

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(Old Albany Post Road) is a dirt road and will forever be that way. There is an Old Road Society in town, and members are militant. Old Albany is their prized project.
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Mr. Cave by
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This was elementary school in the 1950’s, before President Kennedy advanced the cause of fitness for school children. But Mr. Cave needed no presidential push.
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Generations by
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Prompted By Kindergarten

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HER kindergarten teacher had taught the class the wonders of white-bread-and-French's-mustard sandwiches. Blecch.
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Geek of Geeks by
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Prompted By Weather

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I perused my small, kid-targeted weather book (maybe even a Golden Book?) ‘til I cracked its spine.
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A Demon Seed? by
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Prompted By Genealogy

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The schout whereupon demanded that the defendant "shall be punished as a tumultuous and seditious person . . . "
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Won’t You Stay My Neighbor? by
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Prompted By Neighbors

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[T]he Fosters' marriage was the second for each. Seems that there had been an "exchange" at some point earlier such that two couples had simply, shall we say, reorganized.
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Low Noone by
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Prompted By Boredom

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She'd wed seven crashin' bores before
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Vichnaya Pamyat* by
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Prompted By Moon Landing

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But for me [the moon landing] came with an equal dose of profound sadness.
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Beach Readers by
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Prompted By Beach Reads

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. . . it looked to be some form of ritual, the Shunning of the Water
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O Say Can You See? by
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Prompted By Fireworks

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[T]he slack mainsheet clipped the corner of my eyeglasses . . . neatly somersaulting them off my face. And into the lake.
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Untruths and Consequences by
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Prompted By Honesty

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I discovered that those key staff members I had interviewed had withheld documents and flat-out lied to me, to my face. People I knew and trusted.
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The First Shall be Last by
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Prompted By First Dates

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There is something liberating about a “date” when, from the outset, both know that there can be no future.
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Downtown, Everything’s Waiting for You* by
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Prompted By Shopping Local

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Two department stores. All sorts of other downtown fixtures – jewelers, women’s fashion, men’s stores, Army-Navy, hobby shops, and a Woolworth’s.
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Time and Time Again by
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My college path was prologue. My career journey was complete. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Could we have sought out colleges with curricula to make (our childhood dream careers) come true? And what would those majors look like?
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(A)Social Media? by
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As a recidivist perpetrator of attempted humor, I know full well that “LOL”* is no substitute for a belly laugh.
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Not-So-Fast Times at West Junior High by
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Pause and conjure up the image of what we looked like. Clearly charter members of the Dork Platoon.
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Yin and Yang by
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Prompted By Exams

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Freshman year spring term.  As Dickens opened A Tale of Two Cities, the best of times and the worst of times.  The best because academic diligence took a holiday and I rather enjoyed myself.  The worst because, well, academic diligence took a holiday.  Another Harvard “Hum” course, this one Hum 75, German culture.  All readings…
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