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Does Your Gender Matter?

Does Your Gender Matter? When I was growing up women and girls appeared to take a back seat in the political and work world. Women’s place was in the home! My mother was a highly talented dress designer, but my father did not let her join the work force. The man was supposed to be the bread-winner for the family, and it would not look good if my...

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The Queen turns 90 and the Prince has died.

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth and farewell to Prince. We know you have your own stories about royalty. Tell them here at Story Chip.

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Friend Friend

I'm a 6th grade English teacher. I like doing things for my students that show them that I really care about them. Over the years, there are gestures I've made for student gifts as they rushed out the doors for winter break. My intention has always been to give a free or low-cost, yet meaningful gift. The biggest challenge is always the same, no matter the gift: quantity. Besides sealing each envelope with a sticker, tucking a carefully cut phrase from a portion of...

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Alcohol

“You won’t put beer in my refrigerator!” said my mother to whomever had brought beer on their visit!! This was the strict household I was brought up in — no beer — no alcohol. If my father wanted a drink, he would have to go to the local bar. He was brought up in a different household, not respected by my mother’s rules. As I was a high school student, we never drank alcohol - it was depression time and no one had money to spend foolishly! I never had the desire to drink...

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My Favorite Holiday Memory

My favorite holiday memory took place in the war year of 1944. I was, as an infantry man, engaged in battle in France and Germany. This began in July. When Thanksgiving arrived in November we had not eaten a hot meal for over three months. Those cold meals were known as C and K rations. On that date we were surprised to see trucks arrive and take us from the frontline. This was done with a squad at a time. We were served a wonderful hot turkey dinner and good ole pumpkin...

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Martin and Malcolm and W.E.B.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. by Jeremiah Jarvis W.E.B. Du Bois said, way back in 1900, “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” We seem to have carried that one over into the 21st. In the middle of the 20th century Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped up to do what he could about that nasty problem. Good-hearted people on either side of the “color line” worked together to get rid of it. But it lingers on, faded and broken, yet still able to...

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NSA and Orson Wells

Me and the National Security Agency and, what the hell, Orson Welles The National Security Agency has taken some recent hits, so I might as well shove a pie in their face while they’re staggering around. My brush with the erstwhile electronic spy organization was with the Army Security Agency. Each branch of the military had its own tentacle of the NSA from 1945 until they were disbanded in 1976. The ASA was in full bloom 50 years ago when I bumbled into it, fresh out of...

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Potato Gun

One summer when my son was about 14, he had a couple of friends staying with us from overseas - Jason from Hong Kong and Basile from Paris. I was trying very hard to be welcoming and engaging - game, if you will - as these young boys were so far from home. So, when the boys came charging into the kitchen and Nathaniel says to me, “MOM! We have to go to Home Depot right now!”, trying to be game, the only impediment I present is, “OK, but what do you need from Home Depot?”...

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