Suprise Me

Sally’s authentic Woodstock photos and more by
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Prompted By Woodstock

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Woodstock, the original, and re-created
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The Long & Winding Road by
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Prompted By Working

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If you look at my career path (and I’ve had many careers) they would look like a winding road. In college, I had my heart set on being a lighting designer on Broadway. I worked at Marriott’s Great America for the first 4 seasons they were open and provided the lighting designs for 2 of the…
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Badass Randy and the Beauty Queens by
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(19 Stories)

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It is worth noting that my sister was born with coal black eyes and orange fuzz on her head. It is also worth noting that I have seen her bite a worm in half and that her favorite game is called "Let's Go Die."
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Universe ablaze with changes by
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Prompted By Turning Points

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A turning point can be something good that happens, or something bad. A birth, a death, a national election, or even someone new that you meet by chance, can turn your life upside down and make it so much better or worse. ************************************* Sometimes it seems that my life has moved, is moving, in a…
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Street Fighting [Wo]man by
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(170 Stories)

Prompted By Student Activism

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“Hey! The time is right for violent revolution” sang Mick Jagger in August 1968. When I heard it, I had just come back from the Democratic Convention in Chicago, where I was tear gassed by the police. I was seventeen years old and I was ready to learn how to be a revolutionary. The Rolling…
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It Ain’t Me, Babe by
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Prompted By Get Organized

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I am not organized, and I have no particular desire to be. You can figure this out as soon as you walk into my house. Well, sometimes the downstairs looks organized, because we scoop everything up and take it upstairs if we know we are having company. This leads to some chaos in the upstairs…
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Big (50th!) Reunions Spark Big Questions. by
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Prompted By Reunions

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Any half-century anniversary sparks big questions. Even once inattentive high school history students are nudged into a perspective more sweeping than personal status and sentimental relations with peers. Too, self-important Boomers have always had a habit of “scaling up” the primarily personal into generational (and national) significance.
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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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My first job…. by (4 Stories)

Prompted By Working

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My parents–well, really my father — would not allow me to work, other than babysitting, before I was an adult.  ‘Adult’ was apparently something my father thought he could proclaim when the time came and not necessarily on my 21st birthday.  My babysitting money got me through adolescence. You see, my Dad was raised during…
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Newton Community Chorus by
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Prompted By Finding Your Tribe

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As I wrote in Gotta Sing, I have loved to sing my whole life and did so in some fashion during my first 18 years of life. After marrying, going to work full-time, then having children, I no longer had opportunities, beyond the occasional lullaby or shower singing to exercise that love. I sang with a…
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