Suprise Me

From Fashion to Feminism by
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Prompted By Magazines

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These teen-girl publications lacked content for nerdy girls like me, though.
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The School Bus by
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I grew up in a three-story apartment building in Palo Alto, California – a rectangular concrete building that still stands at the corner of Grant Avenue and Ash Street. Today, that part of town is crammed full of chic restaurants and expensive condos, but in the 1960s and 70s it was just a little neighborhood, tucked into a…
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Why must I be-e a teen-A-ger in love? by
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Prompted By Teenager in Love

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Every time I have seen the phrase “teenager in love” – starting with the first time this prompt appeared in Retrospect two years ago – I have read it as teen-A-ger, with the accent on the second syllable, rather than TEEN-ager, the usual pronunciation, with the accent on the first syllable. In contrast, if the…
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Homesteading in South Dakota by
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Grandpa was taught "the 3 R's plus" ...the plus included Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and French.
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Sports Fanatic by
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Prompted By Super Bowl

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This may not exactly be a Super Bowl story as we’re a baseball family,  but it’s as close as I can get! A few years ago our friend Jon called on a  Saturday morning.  It just happened to be the third day of the World Series. ”We haven’t seen you guys in awhile,  how about…
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The Bombs Bursting in Air by
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Prompted By Fireworks

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I know I will hear those bombs bursting in air every July. And while the fireworks displays are beautiful, these sounds do not feel celebratory. They remind me of guns and war, not patriotism.
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The Dinner Party by
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“Don’t cry,” she said to me days before she died, “I’ve had a full and very happy life.”
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The One That Got Away by (2 Stories)

Prompted By Temptation

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The temptation that I didn't act on
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Expect the Unexpected by
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Prompted By Graduation Advice

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I recently witnessed a highly successful businessman query a 20-something about her background, her upbringing and her 5-year plan. I remember a mentor telling me to make a 5-year plan. I can assure you, things never worked out as I anticipated. I always loved the arts, my degree is in Theatre Arts and I have…
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Fluffy, or How I Got My Dog by
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Prompted By First Memory

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It’s hard to know if I actually remember some of the stories my parents would tell about my naughty or my endearing childhood antics,   or if I’ve simply heard them so often I think I remember them.  But how I got my puppy is something  I remember as if it happened yesterday. When I…
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