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Superstitions (5 Stories)

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Webster’s defines superstition as a belief held despite evidence to the contrary. As Eurocentric beings, we usually dismiss superstitions as unscientific.

But in other cultures, dreams, visions, people, places, and events are seen as omens of good or bad luck.

Did you harbor any superstitions as a child? Do you have any now, or do you know of any held by family or friends?

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Shopping: Then and Now (4 Stories)

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What do you miss about shopping when you were growing up? How different is shopping now, and what are the gains and losses to your lifestyle?

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Silence (4 Stories)

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Sound plays a major role in our lives. Sound gives us early warnings, enables verbal communication, and affords us the pleasure of music. But what about the absence of sound - silence?

What impressions, emotions, or memories do you carry about silence? Did you fear it as a child? Now do you seek it as an opportunity for peace and contemplation?

Or, in the company of others, do you sometimes talk simply to avoid silence? Or conversely does the compulsive talk of others put your nerves on edge?

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1963 (5 Stories)

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President John F Kennedy delivers a major speech for civil rights.  A few months later he is assassinated in downtown Dallas.  Martin Luther King Jr leads the March on Washington. America becomes fully involved in the Vietnam conflict.  Dr Michael DeBakey implants the first artificial human heart.  The Supreme Court bans required prayers and Bible readings in public schools.  Charade; It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; and The Great Escape premier at the movies.

Where were you in 1963 and how were you affected by the events of that memorable year?

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Books That Inspired Me (6 Stories)

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Are you a reader? If so what genres or authors do you like?

Did you read as a child? Were you read to? Have you read to your own children?

What books have inspired you, and in what ways?

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