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Grandparents & Grandchildren (23 Stories)

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Many children have special relationships with one or more grandparents—and vice versa. Think back ... to your own grandparents; what made them special? What would you like others to know about them? What's it like to have your own grandchildren? How would you like them to think of you? You must have a hundred stories about grandparenting. Share them forward!
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Home (5 Stories)

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Warmth of homeWe all want to be home for the holidays, but what does that mean? Think back ... Why did you settle where you did? How did you choose your home? Have you bought,  rented, built, or renovated real estate? How did that work out? Have you ever been homeless? What sights, sounds, tastes, and smells remind you of home? What was it like to leave home? Can you go home again? Share your home stories forward.
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Gifts (1 Story)

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Gift wrapped AstonAs children, gifts seemed magical to us. Think back ... What's the earliest gift you remember? What's the best gift you've given or received? What's the worst gift you've given or received? Do you enjoy shopping for gifts, or is it a burden? What's it like giving gifts to grandchildren? Is it more blessed to give or to receive? Are gifts still magical? Share your gift stories forward.
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Turning Points (8 Stories)

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Life is rarely linear. Think back ... to when time seemed to stop. It stands motionless for a moment, a day, a week—who can tell?—then teeters, while a life, a family, a nation hangs in the balance. Then it falls—to one side or another—and the world changes. As we usher in the New Year, share your turning point stories forward.
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Songs We Sang (5 Stories)

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Victoria carolers via James Abbott on FlickrAlmost before we learn to talk, we learn to sing. We sing nursery rhymes, the alphabet, in church, at camp, in school, in youth groups. If we're lucky, we keep singing as adults. Think back ... What's the first song you remember singing? Did you "follow the bouncing ball?” Did you and a partner have “our song?” If you sing karaoke, what’s your go-to selection? Share your singing stories forward.
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Temptation (13 Stories)

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We've all tried to resist temptation—yet it can provide spice and excitement to life. Think back ... what has tempted you? Did you resist? Did you give in? Do you regret either? Or, give us a quick take of your biggest temptations over the course of your life. Share your temptation stories forward.
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Family (4 Stories)

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Goose familyThanksgiving is for families—but what does that mean? We think of mom, dad, and 2.2 kids, but families are multifaceted and change over time. Think back … to ways your family has been extended, blended, and compacted. Has it evolved through (inter)marriage, divorce, death, remarriage, or adoption? Has it acquired stepchildren, exchange students, or strays—or been divided by rifts or feuds? Share your family stories forward.
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The Draft & Vietnam (14 Stories)

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Vietnam demonstration 1967The Vietnam War divided the nation, made real to us (or our brothers or boyfriends) by the draft. Some embraced military service, while others chanted "Hell no! We won't go!" or fled to Canada. Think back ... Where did you stand on the war? What was your draft lottery number? Did you watch the Ken Burns documentary? What lessons should America have learned? On this Veterans' Day, share your draft and Vietnam stories forward.
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Politics (11 Stories)

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2008 Democratic National ConventionAs this election season draws to a close, think back ... What's your earliest election memory? What notable candidates have you voted for? Who is your favorite president in your lifetime? For what causes or candidates have you worked or demonstrated? Have you run for office yourself? What's your take on the state of politics today? Share your political memories forward.
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