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Earth Day (8 Stories)

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April 22nd is Earth Day. What do you think about on this day? Are you concerned about climate change? The environment? What ideas do you support for saving our planet for future generations? Or do you think worries about climate change are unnecessary? Think back… how have attitudes toward the environment changed? Air and water pollution? Sources of energy? Share your Earth Day stories forward.
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Cold War Coping (1 Story)

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From “duck and cover” drills to bomb shelters, America in the 50s and early 60s took the Cold War seriously. What was your understanding of it? Were you afraid or skeptical? Do your children even know what the Cold War was? Think back … what did you learn about the Cold War in school, on TV, or in your town? Share your Cold War coping stories forward.
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Learning to Drive (2 Stories)

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A driver’s license started us on the road to autonomy, and driving lessons certainly bring back memories. Were you excited or leery? Did you learn in Driver’s Ed or from a parent? How did your kids learn? Think back … to who taught you or who you taught, and how fun (or scary) it was. Share your learning to drive stories forward.
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Blue Book Exams

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Back in college, well before the PC, many of us hand wrote exams—in little blue books. Did you hate essays? Worry about your handwriting? Or were blue books preferable to multiple choice tests? Do today's students still use them? Think back … remember when you nailed the exam or ran out of time. Share your blue book exam stories forward.
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PE Pleasures and Perils

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Love it or hate it, we had to take physical education. Whether it was being beaned in dodge ball or picked first or last for a team, what was memorable for you? Has PE changed for your kids? Think back … tell us about your best (or worst) teachers and times in the gym. Share your story of PE pleasures and perils forward.
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Taxes (5 Stories)

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April 15th is the last day to pay your income tax. Did you do it long ago or are you a procrastinator? Are you happy to pay your share or do you think your taxes are too high? Do you resent people who find ways to dodge paying taxes or do you consider that part of the game? What have you taught your kids about taxes? Think back… how has paying taxes impacted your life? Your politics? Your sense of justice and the common good? Share your taxes stories forward.

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Poetry (7 Stories)

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Sebastoam Rabsahi poetry slam“Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers” (Yevgeny Yevtushenko). Do you agree? Think back ... What's the earliest poem you remember? What's your favorite poem and why? What poems can you recite from memory? Have you written poetry? Have you taught favorite poems to your kids? Share your poetry stories forward.
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Spring Break (7 Stories)

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Spring break is considered a wild time, a chance to let off steam. Was spring break a big deal for you and your friends? Where did you go, and what did you do? Did you take trips with your kids, or did they take wild trips of their own? Think back … which spring break adventure was your most memorable? Share your spring break stories forward.
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Women We Admire (7 Stories)

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March is National Women’s History Month. We all have women we admire, some famous and some not. Whether from your personal life, the history books, or politics, who is a woman you admire? Why? Think back…What woman has had a great impact on your life? Share your story of that special woman forward
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Betrayal (5 Stories)

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In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March” was the warning the soothsayer gave to Caesar. His assassination on March 15th was the ultimate betrayal by men he considered his friends. Betrayal can be large or small. Think back… Friends who disappointed you. Warnings you ignored. Politicians who didn’t keep their promises. Share your betrayal stories forward.
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