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A Few Thanks
LETTERS • NOTES ON THE September ISSUE
The Roll of a Lifetime • A pioneering dance troupe is proving that you can chase your dreams—even in a wheelchair
Cutting to the Chase
Betting on Humanity • An unlikely friendship teaches one woman the importance of taking a chance on others
LIFE IN THESE United States
Sound Smarter, with Expert Help • Trying to impress the boss, the kids—or a date? We looked at scientific studies and boiled down the best insights into these quick tips.
Lie about your age. • And get away with it.
News FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
Fall’s Most Versatile Pick
Grandma’s Slice of Love
LAUGHTER THE BEST Medicine
THE Nicest Places in AMERICA
Columbi ana, Ohio • No matter how big the need, no one in this joyful heartland town gets left behind
Meet the Judges
Inside the “TOP DOCTOR” RACKET • Got $99 lying around? You can be named a “leading physician.”
Ask the Expert • COCHLEAR IMPLANTS – LIFE BEYOND HEARING AIDS
HUMOR in UNIFORM
2,000 DEGREES AND COUNTING • Half inferno, half cyclone, the Carr Fire burned as hot as 2,700 degrees and packed winds that turned trucks into wayward missiles. Would anyone caught inside it survive?
All in a Day’s WORK
LONG LIVE &PROSPER • You can’t avoid getting old. But the decisions you make now about how you spend your day (and your money!) will have a dramatic impact on the quality—and the quantity—of your life.
The Worst Advice I Ever Got
5 EASY MEMORY TRICKS • You know that eating healthy, staying active, and solving a few brain games can help keep you sharp. But these lesser-known habits work wonders too.
WORD POWER • Ready to do battle with our latest quiz? This month’s words are militaryinspired, but they can be used in civilian life too. Once you’ve completed your mission, march to page 136 for answers. (That’s an order!)
PHOTO FINISH • Your Funniest captions
CONNECTIONS:Your link to values and insights each month