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I Learned to Drive a Tractor First by (4 Stories)

Prompted By Learning to Drive

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I had to pass the test, because I had a date that night with my girlfriend and needed to drive!
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Why I Love/Hate Facebook by
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Prompted By The Social Network

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I get why Facebook can be a good thing. Like my mother, I love seeing photos of folks I know (although not so much their food). It’s fun to discover an old friend and learn about the latest news from a friend or relative I don't see very often. It is an interesting diversion as well as a way for me to get my blog posts out to folks who want to read them. But in the run-up to the 2016 election and after, Facebook has become something else: a place to spew hatred and divisiveness.
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Girl Stories by
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Prompted By What We Read

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I was an exuberant reader, often reading by flashlight under the covers when I was supposed to be sleeping. I heard my 3rd grade teacher telling someone in the school hallway that I tested at a 10th grade level at that tender age. I loved “girl” books and there were plenty in my household, hand-me-downs…
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Scared on the North Side by
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Prompted By Close Calls

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During my 16 months in Chicago in the late ’70s, I lived in a structure known as a “4+1”, as it had parking under the building, then four floors of apartments above, on the north side of Chicago, off of Sheridan near Lake Michigan. The building was H-shaped and I lived all the way at…
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Story of the (Almost) Lost Child* by
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Prompted By Close Calls

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We went to Paris and Israel in 1984, the year our son turned thirteen. It was a wonderful trip marred by a few unforeseen catastrophes, the greatest of which was almost losing his little sister. Our daughters were ten and seven, and it was our youngest who gave me one of the most frightening close…
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A Place For Everything and Everything in its Place by
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Prompted By Get Organized

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I am a born organizer and record-keeper. That is just who I am. My degree is in Theatre Arts and I wanted to be an actress, but learned over my four years of college that I was more adept at being a stage manager, writing down all the cues, running the show while in production.…
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They Say It’s Your Birthday by
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Prompted By Birthdays

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Birthdays have always been a big deal to me. I was born on my father’s birthday, which was very special to me, even in the years when I wasn’t close to him. My middle sister was born two days before my mother’s birthday, and I always wished she could have waited another 48 hours to…
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Pre-Law? Naw! by
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I knew enough about the process to know that, unlike pre-med, there was really no such thing as "pre-law."  In fact, I was amused that the only guys who seemed to label themselves as being "pre-law" were these huge college football players introducing themselves before games on TV. (See illustration in Featured Image.)  I was pretty sure that these guys were more likely to end up as members of the NFL than the ABA.
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View from the Mountaintop, July 1972: Sisyphus is Headed this Way by (1 Story)

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Dear Kids — This week I have a true adventure story for you. The stars are: You, because the fact that you are far away gives me the excuse to write it down. Ken Wasil, a truculent megalomaniac who never knows when he’s beaten. His favorite activity is driving at just over top speed in…
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Scents and non-scents by
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He was wearing Brut, perhaps in retrospect not the most subtle of scents. But I'll never forget the scent of Brut, forever associated with the amazing excitement of that first kiss.
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