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Birmingham to Columbus by
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Sorry, I can’t think of a song for this story, it’s too solemn a subject. On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was in Birmingham, AL, for the quarterly meeting of the Environment Sector of the Electric Power Research Institute.  After breakfast at the hotel, a group of us piled into a van to…
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Too Much Time on My Hands (Styx) by
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Prompted By Retirement

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I loved being a lawyer. I can't think of any other career I would have rather had. Well, except for being a rock 'n' roll singer - that would have been the best.
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Letters to my Mother by
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Prompted By Forgiveness

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 I wrote a series of letters to my mother around Mother’s Day, ten years after her death: my attempt to get to a place of forgiveness.  Dear Mom, I guess we were a mismatch from the beginning. You wanted a boy; you got me: a scabby-kneed tree-climber, a girl who played with mud and tar…
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Loud and Abominable by
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Prompted By Nicknames

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Henrietta was an awkward name for a tiny child ... so the family called her Yettie.
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My Computer Life, BC and AC by
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(21 Stories)

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My history with computers, both plus and minus in my life and work
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Insurrection;Outrage by
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Prompted By Good Trouble

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  In 1946 George Orwell wrote, “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” He went on to complain of the ways political speech had largely become “the defense of the indefensible”. After 75 years his words seem more appropriate than…
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Movies That Made a Difference by
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Prompted By What We Watched

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I tend to love romantic movies; big sweeping costume dramas, though occasionally go for thoughtful dramas. It is difficult for me to pick just five that have rocked my world, as I love to come back to favorites and watch them over and over again, just for pure pleasure. So I will share my top…
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A Political Movement by
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Prompted By Moving Day

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Simply put, we were desperate to move back to a deeply blue eastern state.
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International Women’s Day by
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Prompted By Women's Lib

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Today I’m thinking about all the women I have worked with. Some have been bosses, many many colleagues, and now I have two women who are my employees (heaven help them). I want to honor the women who taught me how to work: Cathy, the nurse manager at UCSF who hired me fresh out of…
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Gone with the Wind by
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Prompted By Best Picture

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I first read the book when I was a teenager. It’s the only book I missed two meals to finish. I staggered out of my bedroom late in the afternoon after turning the last page. I’d been lost for what seemed like days in the lives of Scarlett, Ashley, Melanie and Rhett. My parents must…
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