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LETTERS • NOTES ON THE October ISSUE
“No One Goes Cold!” • A family tradition of chopping wood together warms the hearths of others
Trapped on the Tracks
LIFE IN THESE United States
Speed Up Your Holiday Travel—Without Getting a Ticket
Prediction Season • The new year always brings prognostications, most of them wrong. You know who gets them right? A few good books (and movies).
Help a Friend Grieve • As a psychotherapist, she thought she knew all the tools for dealing with loss. Then her own partner died.
YOUR TRUE STORIES IN 100 Words
A Great Food for Thought
HUMOR in UNIFORM
NEW STORIES AWAIT JUST FOR YOU.
WE FOUND A FIX • 9 TRICKS TO Improve Your Life*
News FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
LAUGHTER THE BEST Medicine
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
The National GINGERBREAD HOUSE Competition
A TIME FOR MIRACLES • For the holiday season, these stories convey a spirit worth cherishing
Toys to the World
Gifts from Their Hearts
A Season for Mercy
Granny’s Care Package
Grounds for Gratitude
MIND YOUR MANNERS! • Need advice on the newest etiquette rules? We’d like to cordially offer you answers.
“My Pal Charles” • An NBA star, an immigrant scientist, and a friendship no one believed
WHAT A CARD! • We asked readers to share their most memorable holiday-greeting stories. Most are nice and a few are naughty, but they are all priceless.
The VIEW from GUN COUNTRY • One Alabama woman’s experience—as an observer and as a shooting victim—underscores how hungry Americans are to reach consensus.
WHERE WE AGREE
ALL in a Day’s WORK
CHEATERS NEVER PROSPER
Buried in the Snow • An avalanche turned a luxury hotel into an icy coffin, with little chance of finding survivors. But rescuers refused to stop digging through the debris.
WHY IT’S SO HARD TO TAKE ADVICE • More often than we expect, the best advice comes not from experts or our friends but from humbler sources. We just have to be willing to hear them.
Neuropathy Pain? • This doctor starts with a non-prescription option.
Felicitous Commemoration! • As an RD feature celebrates a big anniversary, we look back at some of its greatest wits
A Few Reader Flashbacks
PHOTO FINISH • YOUR Funniest CAPTIONS