Suprise Me

Proud Mama by
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Prompted By Baby Books

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I had a somewhat tortured gynecological history (never regular periods, an ectoptic pregnancy in 1981, leaving me with one working Fallopian tube, followed nine months later, with the same IUD in place – the doctor never told me to remove it – by another pregnancy which Dan and I chose to abort for health reasons),…
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A Moving Poem by
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Prompted By Get Organized

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So I am thinking… I need to look at everything in this house that holds 31 years of marriage and two grown children’s archives, and ask this 51 year old almost single self what do you need? Which books of 5 full book cases do you have to have near you? Which wall hanging/photos are…
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Watergate Vignettes by
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(59 Stories)

Prompted By Watergate

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Let me just offer the first two personal vignettes that come to mind...
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Blizzard Betsy by
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(179 Stories)

Prompted By Snow

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The weather report called for snow, but none had come yet, so we all went to work; no call for alarm. It started snowing around noon on Monday. I watched from the sixth floor as the cars started leaving. I thought I’d wait a while, hoping the single-lane driveway would clear out a bit. Big…
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Klondike Day by
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(80 Stories)

Prompted By Camp

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We could get credit for the golden boulder—if we could somehow transport it to the assayer’s office without getting robbed.
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Cooking for the Dead by (1 Story)

Prompted By In the Band

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Playing in the band for me has been like a culinary jam session
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Honesty is a Relic of Religious Oppression by (3 Stories)

Prompted By Honesty

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Urban legend has it that Eskimos have at least sixty words for snow or ice or white or something like that.  The notion is that the more we understand something the more finely we can calibrate our description.  For some reason our western culture chooses to make honesty a binary concept rather than something  having…
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“Polly; just Polly” by
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Prompted By Women We Admire

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I was initially stumped by this week’s prompt.  As with “betrayal,” I take the term “admire” very seriously, and was having a hard time thinking of any woman (other than Eleanor Roosevelt or my mother) to write about.  But then Suzy, knowing a fair bit of the backstory, emailed me and said, “What about Polly?” …
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Nicky by
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Prompted By Pets

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My father and I were crazy about dogs. My mother was terrified of them. All my lobbying fell on deaf ears for years. Finally, my brother was off to college and I was a lonely 14 year old. Evidently, my mother had had an interesting discussion with an aunt while I was at school one…
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Surprise Tongue by (2 Stories)

Prompted By What We Ate

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Now I wonder though, might the consumption of that mama cow’s tongue have been the symbolic origin for a daughter’s own future developing poetic tongue? - because these days, who eats cow tongue otherwise?
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