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Blue on Blue by
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Once an art teacher had given our class a homework assignment to collect photos for a collage, including a baby picture. When I’d asked my mom for one, she’d told me my baby pictures had been lost in a flood; yet, here they are.
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Calendar Girl by
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My parents didn’t keep baby books, but they did keep photo albums. The kind with the black construction paper pages. They pasted the pictures in, or else sometimes the pictures were held by those photo corners with adhesive on the back. They made an album for each of their three daughters. At some point, after…
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Remembering Babyhood with Love by
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When I thumb through my mother’s attempt to memorialize my early childhood, it doesn’t really matter what she wrote or what she saved. The love with which she did it is what endures.
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Who the F*ck Is Bernie? by
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(43 Stories)

Prompted By Surprise!

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Who the f*ck is Bernie?  Hint: it's not the guy in this photo.  
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Baby What a Big Surprise by
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I saw the notice on facebook, of all places, where it had been posted by the mayor of Sacramento, whom I follow. The city had just created an Ethics Commission, and all interested Sacramento residents were invited to apply. So I thought, why not? I found the application online, filled it out, and submitted it…
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Proud Mama by
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I had a somewhat tortured gynecological history (never regular periods, an ectoptic pregnancy in 1981, leaving me with one working Fallopian tube, followed nine months later, with the same IUD in place – the doctor never told me to remove it – by another pregnancy which Dan and I chose to abort for health reasons),…
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Surprise, You’re Pregnant by
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(68 Stories)

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Becoming pregnant was shrouded in mystery back then. There was always an element of surprise when I became pregnant.
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Tweet Tweet, Beep Beep by
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(53 Stories)

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Could the one Rolling Stones concert I attended have done that much damage?
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Beauty; Where Shall One Look To Find It? by
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The cockatiel had known all along, what the parrot had been searching for so intently wasn’t on the outside amongst the brightly colored feathers at all…. It was on the inside all along.
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Hey Nineteen by (1 Story)

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Retrospect Caption Contest (just like the New Yorker): Please write a caption for this picture of Donald Fagen, age 71, who is the co-founder and lead singer of the band Steely Dan. You may recall one of their biggest songs, Hey Nineteen. Here is an excerpt from the lyrics: Hey, nineteen That’s ‘Retha Franklin She…
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