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The Wurst of Times by
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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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(28 Stories)

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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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(28 Stories)

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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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(28 Stories)

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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