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WHACK, ZOINK, POW- Hooray for Thanksgiving Day

Over the river and through the woods… a song portraying the Thanksgiving ride to a family gathering like so many Hallmark movies today. Thanksgiving of 1972. Our house was the designated home for all our family and any extras to enjoy the day as well. The set up:• …

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Rite of Passage

Grabbing the razor, I stuck it in my pocket and headed for the barn. It was late afternoon on a Sunday. Earlier in the day, I’d been to Sunday School. I wore a wispy burgundy dress with black patent heels. Hoping to socialize, I joined a group of …

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tYPiNg clAsS

“Take out a sheet of paper this test will be timed and graded. When the buzzer sounds stop typing, circle your mistakes and turn your paper in as you leave.” #*#@=! Typing class. At the sound of the bell, 30 Royal Classic Manual typewriters with return handles began …

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RESCUE ME

• Drools profusely • Hairy • Giant • 175 lbs. Just a brief description I read one evening while scrolling for my next furry friend on a rescue site. His big brown eyes stole my heart. Iowa bound! I left Tennessee on a flight headed for Cedar Rapids, …

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Two, three, four, tell the people what she wore!

“It was an itsy-bitsy tiny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. That she wore for the first time today.” The 1960 release of that song played on every teenager’s turntable. The lyrics considered a bit risqué…but also fun. Move forward to 1974 – I am turning 14 and the …

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The List

I peer out of the crack in hay loft hoping not to be seen. Just a short nap to revive me and then I’ll be back at it again before I am discovered. In my pocket folded into a square is the source of my despair and need …

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Do We Have Bread?

“Do we have any bread?”  Every night when we would sit down to dinner, my father would look around the table to see if we had bread. If not, my mother or one of us kids would pop up and get the Bunny Bread and bring it to …

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