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Mr. Meat Guy by
50
(78 Stories)

Prompted By Cooking

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My father employed the same grilling method as every other suburban Michigan father in the ‘50s: incineration.
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Song for Alice by
10
(19 Stories)

Prompted By Altered States

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I hate November and I hate low-sodium lentil soup. And I wanted a goddamn drink. Is that so awful?
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Exams Once Ruled My Life by
25
(37 Stories)

Prompted By Exams

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Exams once ruled my life. Now, having experienced many true tests over a lifetime, I realize that no amount of preparation guarantees a good result. It is what I do with the hand I’m dealt that truly matters.
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Getting It To Snow Was Most Difficult by
100
(137 Stories)

Prompted By Birthdays

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I was rushing to pack for Boston, but took the phone call. It was my client at the Farm Bureau Insurance in Indianapolis, calling to say the signed contract was being FedExed to my office. Perfect way to start my birthday weekend. Dan and I had lived apart for almost 8 months by this point,…
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My 1974 Pinto Station Wagon by
5
(9 Stories)

Prompted By My First Car

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We lived in the Oakland hills, and bus service was minimal - everything was far away.
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Getting Out the Vote by
25
(26 Stories)

Prompted By Politics

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Was it a lark; did I do it for class credit; was it some misguided show of patriotism? I have no idea.
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Bridge Over Troubled Waters by
100
(116 Stories)

Prompted By Toys & Games

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When I was growing up, my family had a ton of board games, and a finished room in the basement where we kept them all and played them with our friends or with each other. Chiefly I remember Sorry and Chutes & Ladders when I was really young, and then Monopoly and Clue when I was…
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The Unrequited by
50
(70 Stories)

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My head snapped back and hit the wooden booth.
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Scariest halloween ever by
50
(70 Stories)

Prompted By Halloween

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...the woman ascending has never visited the devil.
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Second career by
25
(34 Stories)

Prompted By New Beginnings

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At the time, in 2006, it seemed a promising idea.  I had just retired (early) from a long career at Stanford. One is eligible to retire when age plus years of service add up to the magic number 75.  Having started fresh out of college and worked straight through, my relative youth was augmented by…
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