This Week's Prompt

State or County Fair (10 Stories)

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Red ribbons, carnival rides, pigs and sheep, peach pies—state and county fairs are quintessentially American events for family fun in the summer. Whether in urban or rural places, fairs are venues for competitions, concerts, and cotton candy. Think back … did you visit a state or county fair with your parents, or your kids? Did you take part in an exhibit or contest? Are these fairs still fun, or are they relics of the past? Share your State or County Fair stories forward.
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That Summer (3 Stories)

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It’s the beginning of August, exactly halfway between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox. Think back … to a significant and/or memorable summer of your life, whether as a child or adult. Maybe it was time spent at summer camp, or an exotic trip, a summer job that was fabulous or terrible, or even just being lazy at home. What happened that summer, and how did it affect you? Share your That Summer stories forward.
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Dating (1 Story)

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Most of us baby boomers remember dating in the ‘60s, and some of us, whether still single or newly single, have also dated in the age of the Internet via sites like match.com. Lots of changes in dating norms and expectations over the decades, but some things never change: Cosmopolitan Magazine still offers dos and don’ts of dating! Think back…about a memorable date, or dating in general. Share your Dating stories forward.
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Senior Moments (1 Story)

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Senior Citizen Day is August 21, and that’s cause to celebrate. But with senior status often come senior moments—those “momentary” feelings of drawing a blank, losing words or names, or forgetting something familiar. Think back … Did your elders have those embarrassing mental lapses? Did you understand at the time? Do you find your senior moments funny, or dread them? What do you do now to remain at the top of your game? Share your Senior Moments stories forward.
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Home Repair (2 Stories)

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Sometimes a home repair is a remodeling project, undertaken voluntarily, that you are excited about. Sometimes it is a response to a disaster like leaking pipes that cause a flood. Think back … to a construction project in your childhood home or later in a house that you purchased yourself. Was it a delight or a disaster, or a little of both? Share your Home Repair stories forward.
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Hobbies (10 Stories)

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In the 1950s, to occupy all of us baby boomers, the hobby industry boomed with a proliferation of kits. Paint-by-numbers; model airplanes, cars, trains, and boats; beading and weaving; stamp and coin collecting; paper dolls … most of us had hobbies. Think back ... What role did hobbies play in your free time? How did they affect your adult life? Share your Hobbies stories forward.
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Anniversaries (11 Stories)

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Although the word is usually associated with marriage, there are many different anniversaries we commemorate every year. It may be the date you retired or accomplished something important or lost someone you loved. Think back … to those special dates on your calendar. What memories do they hold? How do you mark these anniversaries? Share your anniversaries stories forward.
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Family Trips (11 Stories)

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Come summer, when school is out and the pace of life slows down, many families decide to pack up the car or the RV and take a trip. Some may make a tour of national parks or Civil War battlegrounds, while the more adventurous may get on a plane for a family journey overseas. Think back … did you take any memorable family trips as a child? Or later with your own children? What were the high or low points? Share your Family Trips stories forward.
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Guns Then and Now (13 Stories)

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On this 4th of July weekend, some people may celebrate with guns instead of fireworks. When we were kids we saw people shooting each other on TV and in movies all the time, but didn't give it much thought. While guns have always been part of our culture, mass shootings in recent years have made gun control a major issue. Think back … Did you learn to shoot a gun when you were young? Did you know people who had guns for hunting or for protection? Has your perception of guns changed over the years? Share your Guns Then and Now stories forward.
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Can’t Leave Home Without It (10 Stories)

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As young children, we might never have left the house without our "blankie" or favorite toy. Now, keys and cell phones accompany just about all of us as we step out the door. Some people carry heavy purses or suitcases, while others travel light. Perhaps your packing list has grown as you’ve aged, or been trimmed down because of the pandemic. Think back … What couldn’t you do without while away from home? Was there a time when you forgot an essential thing and had to make do? What must you have now? Share your Can’t Leave Home Without It stories forward.
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