War (4 Stories)

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War has always been too much with us. Today, on a planet shriveled by media, we are surrounded by this horrible human ritual.

Did you play war as a child?  Did a parent or grandparent fight in WWII?  Did you fight in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan? Have you lost loved ones to war?  Have you protested war? How do you feel about war today?

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Family Relationships (2 Stories)

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It is said, “Blood is thicker than water.”,  and  “Family first.”

But we’re also told , “You can pick your friends,  but you can’t pick your family.”

Which is it in your family?  Or have you had both loving as well as strained relationships with your parents,  or with your own children?    Or with siblings,  cousins,  aunts,  uncles,  or in-laws?

Have there been estrangements or feuds in your family,  and if so have they been resolved?

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Pain (2 Stories)

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Surely we’ve all had pain in our lives - both physical and psychic.

By definition pain is an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential damage to one’s bodily or mental health.  And as pain is an individual and completely subjective experience,  no two people respond or tolerate it in the same way.

What kind of pain  - either physical or emotional - have you endured?   Was it alleviated?  And if so, how?

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My Real Estate Story (1 Story)

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We all have a real estate story - the house you bought for a song,  or that great rent-controlled apartment with the river view.

Or the fixer-upper that milked you dry,  the roof that leaked,  or the sink hole in the backyard.   Or the noisy upstairs neighbor you took to court,  or the landlord or the tenant from Hell.

Or that lucky day you found your dream house!

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