Suprise Me

Chair For Life by
100
(142 Stories)

Prompted By Reunions

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Founded in 1948, Brandeis is a young university with a small, largely uninvolved alumni base, though the university is getting better at grooming their younger alumni. The Alumni Office knew they had a winner in me right from the start. I used to stop in and visit, particularly after my kids were born. I’d take…
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Do what you love, even if the money doesn’t follow by
25
(30 Stories)

Prompted By The Road Not Taken

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[he] said that it took a special person to handle this job. The last woman left to become a nun. What an outrageous and fun way to start an interview!
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Charlevoix by
100
(142 Stories)

Prompted By Vacations

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Charlevoix. For five glorious summers my family stayed at the Scutt Guest House in the resort town on Lake Michigan for a few weeks in August, beginning in 1959. I believe it became quite a well-heeled resort, but at the time it felt cozy and lots of our friends and family from Detroit also made…
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Cranking it out — a reflection on the end of work by
50
(71 Stories)

Prompted By Retirement

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Is this retirement? I ask. Nah.
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Also Sprach Zarathustra by
100
(121 Stories)

Prompted By First Dates

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A blind date to a boring movie is not a recipe for success
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Basketball Jones by
100
(142 Stories)

Prompted By First Dates

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I was hot and heavy with Bob my sophomore year, but he had a bad habit of wandering off with other girls. This did not make me happy at all! I was really into him, but would entertain offers from other guys when he misbehaved. I loved going to our school basketball games and particularly…
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The End of the World by
100
(121 Stories)

Prompted By 9/11

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Looking back at August-September 2001 brings to mind the opening of A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The two weeks prior to what we now just refer to as 9/11 contained some of the best times of my life, and then, of course, the…
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Demons of the Cracking Voice by
10
(10 Stories)

Prompted By Lessons

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Clarinet and singing lessons turn into torture for a young boy going through puberty.
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A Really Big Show by
100
(142 Stories)

Prompted By What We Watched

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Gathering in the den with my family to watch variety shows was a weekly treat, from The Ed Sullivan Show to Carol Burnett; we ran the gamut. My dad loved sports, but that love wasn’t shared by my mother, so he watched alone…though I often was in the room and now can follow any sport that…
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Regret by
5
(7 Stories)

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I don’t have a fantastic story about bonding with my grandparents.  Unfortunately, being of Japanese descent, there is a solid line between the generations.  The younger are told to “speak only when spoken to” and are not encouraged to be inquisitive about an elder’s history, perspective, or opinion.  It is seen as disrespectful.  So, I…
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