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The Friday Dress by
5
(5 Stories)

Prompted By What We Wore

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Being pretty much the academic nerd, I’m reasonably certain that no one in my mid 1960s  high school life looked to me for fashion statements.  Moreover, I wasn’t allowed to clothes shop with any frequency, and when I did, I got little guidance from my disinterested mother. But I did know about and covet Villager…
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Confessions of a Sci-Fi Nerd by
50
(74 Stories)

Prompted By Lost in Space

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This guy Heinlein could really tell a story.
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Reefer Madness: An Early Encounter with Anti-Weed Hysteria by
5
(9 Stories)

Prompted By Marijuana

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My marijuana story starts with a woman named Martha Lupton Schneidewind. She was my high school journalism teacher in West Covina, Calif. – a tall, birdlike woman who wore wool suits and ladylike scarves and had a quick, scampering walk. She was kind, loquacious and, to my insensitive teenage self, amusingly absurd with her chirping…
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Crossing One Off The Bucket List by
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(18 Stories)

Prompted By Travel

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As far back as I can remember I dreamed of traveling. There were so many places I wished to see. The term “bucket list” had not yet even been thought of but had it been, I would have needed a “bucket wheelbarrow”. Over the years I have been blessed to have traveled to many places…
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Serafina by
50
(60 Stories)

Prompted By My First Car

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I grew up in rural New England and, altho my dad was a scientist who worked in Boston, I spent my school years in a small public school that embraced equal measures of college prep students and shop kids. Many of my friends were the sons and daughters of farmers and mechanics. Out of family…
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Feeling’ Groovy by
5
(7 Stories)

Prompted By Concerts

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I remember sitting, almost in disbelief, listening to our favorite songs while watching Simon and Garfunkel who, truth be told, seemed a bit geeky like we were.
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Moose and Squirrel by
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(116 Stories)

Prompted By Cartoons

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Stroke, stroke, bail…bail..bail…bail! If only you could hear my accent. Moose and Squirrel, Boris and Natasha (did anyone else see her resemblance to the original Barbie?), Dudley Do-Right, Mr Peabody and his boy Sherman. My brother and I loved them all, and reveled in the silliness of the Cold War cartoons with our heroes always…
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How Do You Spell PFAU? by
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(116 Stories)

Prompted By How We Met

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“You know I almost didn’t ask you out”, said Bob. We had been dating six days, were in bed, post-coitus. “A guy named Dan Pfau told me you were a tease.” “Who is this guy to call me a tease (since I, obviously, am NOT!), and how do you spell PFAU?” I queried, quite upset…
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TAPS by
10
(17 Stories)

Prompted By War & Remembrance

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Grace's bugle will shatter the silent spring with piercing streams of silver. Four notes will hold up the sky while they echo through the cemetery, layered like too many tears on a little girl’s cheek.
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Waist deep in the big muddy. Again. by
25
(28 Stories)

Prompted By Student Activism

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As I’ve been following the young activists today who are taking a leadership role in a fight my generation seemed to have given up on, it brought me back to another time when young people felt both helpless and passionate about a cause. In our day, it was the anti-war movement. What is tragically similar…
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