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Parking (9 Stories)

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From the time we started to drive, we had to worry about parking. Learning how to parallel park, avoiding parking lot collisions, acquiring monthly spaces in an office or apartment building. Then there was the other kind of “parking" - with a romantic interest in a secluded spot. Think back … to your experiences in driving or romance, as a teen or an adult. Share your parking stories forward.
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Lemons to Lemonade (3 Stories)

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Life has handed us “lemons” over time, with the last two years giving us more than our share of lemons to deal with. While setbacks are unavoidable, it’s possible to make lemonade from them, or perhaps recognize that a lemon can be a gift in disguise. Think back … about a past negative circumstance that you or someone you know turned into something positive or later realized was good after all. Share your Lemons to Lemonade stories forward.
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Trick or Treat? (3 Stories)

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Piles of pumpkins sitting in the September sun outside of grocery stores. Candy and costume displays dominating Target as soon as kids go back to school. Young adults now spending more money on costumes than any other age group. Will the pandemic put a dent in people’s plans to celebrate? Think back … when did Halloween become such a huge commercial holiday? How did you celebrate it growing up or with your own family as an adult? Share your Trick or Treat stories forward.
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Regrets (4 Stories)

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Most of us have experienced regret at one time or another … over something we have said or done, or over something we have not said or done. Some regrets are fleeting, others last a lifetime; some have little effect, some are life changing. Think back … to a lost opportunity, however big or small, and what you would have done differently. Share your Regrets stories forward.
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Chain Letters (1 Story)

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As children, we may have received chain letters in the mail. They guaranteed you would receive postcards, or lipsticks, or some other item, if you just followed the directions. Nowadays there are email versions, which seem much less innocent, and may even threaten you if you break the chain. Think back . . . Did you ever get these? Did you follow the instructions? Did you get any of the promised rewards? Share your Chain Letters stories forward.
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Children’s Books (15 Stories)

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Whether they were books you loved as a child, books you read to your own or other children, or today’s best sellers, children’s books hold a special place in our hearts. Think back … What books do you remember from your childhood? Is there a favorite book you have enjoyed reading to children? Do you think the death of brick and mortar bookstores, the rise of Amazon, and the popularity of e-readers for kids have impacted children’s enjoyment of books? Share your Children’s Books stories forward.
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Variety Shows (6 Stories)

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Before streaming and cable offered thousands of channels and infinite choices, television variety shows gave us music, comedy, and entertainment of all kinds. Without DVRs to capture the broadcasts, we gathered in front of the TV set at show time and might have watched Ed Sullivan or Carol Burnett with the whole family. Think back … about your favorite variety shows. What do you miss most about them? Would you watch these types of shows now? Would young people enjoy them today? Share your Variety Shows stories forward.
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Attention Span (9 Stories)

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May I have your attention please? You have probably heard those words many times in your life, but these days, many seem to have the attention span of a goldfish. Perhaps it’s the influence of smart phones or social media, with their ability to provide instant gratification. Think back … Do you recall listening to a program on the radio? How about lectures and speeches without accompanying power points or video presentations? Has your ability to pay attention changed? Share your Attention Span stories forward.
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Mealtime (11 Stories)

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What was mealtime like as you were growing up? Did you sit down with your family for home-cooked meals at a certain time every day? Were you expected to remain at the table until everyone had finished eating? Was there lively conversation or was it relatively quiet? Or maybe you enjoyed those convenient TV dinners while watching family friendly fare on the tube. Think back … how did your mealtimes as a child compare with those as an adult, or with your mealtimes today? Share your mealtime stories forward.
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9/11 Twenty Years Later (15 Stories)

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In 2017, the last time Retrospect asked about 9/11, memories might have been raw. But with today’s global pandemic crisis, which has killed more than 4 million people worldwide, 9/11 might seem distant—a single day when the threat to our security, a sudden blow from a terrorist force, killed 3,000 people. Think back … about your recollections now that 20 years have passed. What stands out about 9/11 now? What would you like today’s children and teenagers, who were born after 9/11, to know? Share your 9/11 Twenty Years Later stories forward.
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