Suprise Me

Mean Girls by
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(216 Stories)

Prompted By Good Riddance

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I am so glad I am not in middle school and no longer have to deal with cliques and mean girls. Thank goodness I grew up and survived that phase of life.
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Global Weirding by
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(216 Stories)

Prompted By Weather

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The sky was dark when I came out of Pilates at 11:30am on Tuesday, July 22. Two of the young women who work at the club were standing outside, looking at the sky with dread. “What’s up?” “There’s a tornado warning for Vineyard Haven”. “Oh dear, I had planned to go there to grocery shop.…
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In The Summertime by
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(197 Stories)

Prompted By Camp

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Summer camp was a major part of my childhood experience. Not only the eight weeks I spent there each summer, but the letters back and forth to camp friends for the other ten months of the year. We poured out our hearts to each other in ways that we would never do with friends at home.…
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Conscientious objector or draft dodger? by
100
(100 Stories)

Prompted By Betrayal

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The great river of class, culture and convictions afforded me a way out.
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Those Were the Days, My Friend by
100
(197 Stories)

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Readers of Retrospect may recall my maternal grandparents from two other stories, No Way To Say Goodbye, about my grandfather’s death, and Which Side Are You On?, in which I discussed their flight from the Cossacks and their search for the American Dream. They were a significant part of my childhood, living with my parents, my sisters, and me in our…
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Unkie by
10
(22 Stories)

Prompted By Aunts & Uncles

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    Unkie (Aunts and Uncles) My uncle was a sailor in the war. I called him Unkie. My earliest memories of him had him in that dark blue wool uniform with the white cap; the square shoulder flap like a small cape. Since our extended family treated him with such respect, I did too.…
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Shy by
25
(34 Stories)

Prompted By Drive-Ins

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“There were several drive-ins around Spokane from the 1940s to the 1980s. A few lasted until the early 1990s. A family could take a fussy baby to the drive-in and no one complained. You could park near your friends and chat. Kids could play on a swing set near the screen. And, of course, a…
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Seven Double Chivases on the Rocks by
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(216 Stories)

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I moved to Chicago in 1978 to take a sales position with a company willing to hire me. My husband stayed in Boston and we commuted for 16 months, seeing each other every second or third weekend. The photo is me, “dressed for success” in August of 1978. I have no photos of “AL”. My…
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You Need to Calm Down by
100
(197 Stories)

Prompted By Road Rage

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At first I couldn’t think of any experience that would rise to the level of road rage. Annoyance with another driver who did something stupid, sure. Maybe a little cursing under my breath, or an occasional blast on my rather wimpy horn. But nothing that I would really call rage. I joked that I was…
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A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That… by
10
(11 Stories)

Prompted By Memorabilia

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First, I was saddened to read that JeanZ had passed. I was one of the early beta-testers of Restrospect, and I had many exchanges with her and others in that group. I haven’t posted in a long time. When I saw the membership was growing, I kind of dropped out believing that I had done…
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