Suprise Me

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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The Girl Who Curtsied Twice by
10
(19 Stories)

Prompted By Fame

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Members of my family share a long and celebrated history of playing for royalty and heads of state. We are not exactly court jesters, but we come close. My Buckingham Palace event is one more gig on a long list of fancy-pants musical soirees.
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A Seder Celebrating Sacrifice and Safety by
50
(94 Stories)

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I have no memory of what we spoke about but cannot forget the image of this wonderful woman, now frail and with hands gnarled and arthritic, and her family's fortitude and selflessness.
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No language in common? No problem. by
10
(15 Stories)

Prompted By Games People Play

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Facial expressions, body language, joviality, and many gestures can go a long way.
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Keypunch! by
100
(211 Stories)

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“Over-educated and under qualified”. That’s what the folks at SofTech said to me when I was desperate for a job in August of 1974. I had graduated the previous May from Brandeis University, magna cum lauda with a BA in Theatre Arts with honors and a Massachusetts teaching certificate in Secondary Speech and English. Married a…
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Alumni Choir by
100
(211 Stories)

Prompted By Traditions

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My own family has no traditions to speak of, but when I arrived at the National Music Camp in 1964 (now the Interlochen Arts Camp), it was full of traditions. Some I would add. Camp had been around since 1928 and became an integral part of my life for decades. Now I just send a…
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Blue Book by
50
(85 Stories)

Prompted By Exams

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" [T]he final grades [were to be] based solely on the grades of the papers, but...any student opting for this waiver nonetheless had to show up for the final exam, sign his/her name in a blue book and remain in the exam room for at least half of its 3-hour duration before being allowed to be dismissed.  [The section leader] was apologetic; many of us were apoplectic...
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A Lifetime of Hair by
5
(5 Stories)

Prompted By Hair

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When she started to see gray hairs appear as she sat at stoplights and looked in the rear view mirror, she saw the future and started pulling the stray grays out.
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This Means War! by
10
(11 Stories)

Prompted By Toys & Games

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Perhaps a more accurate name for the game is “Revenge!”
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