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Reader's Digest

October 2019

In this era of information overload, Reader’s Digest offers something unique: the very best advice, information and inspiration from multiple sources, condensed into an easy-to-read digest. In each issue you’ll get trusted, time-saving insights about Health, Personal Finance, Work, Family, and National issues, PLUS exclusive book excerpts, news-making interviews, and humor.

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bear hugs

ARE YOU A bear person? Is anyone a bear person besides me? By bear person, I mean that I can hardly recall the details of my two kids’ births, but for some reason I can picture every bear I’ve ever seen—and I’ve seen a surprising number of them—and how I felt at that time. A few years ago on my usual morning forest hike, I was off trail when 75 yards ahead, voilà—two tiny cubs splashed in a stream. Mama bear looked on. We were just a mile outside our busy Connecticut city. For three or four minutes, the cubs played, scurried, and flopped. And watching them, I felt—thinking back on it today, I can feel it all again—the tangible sense that I was a father, son, husband, and journalist pushing through my…

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America the Tasty I admit to being a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving, but seeing the photo of Tofurky in your roundup of favorite foods from all 50 states makes me glad that someone else is enjoying this delicacy. —BYRON PERKINS Rochester, Washington Many people who live in Massachusetts wonder why we are known for baked beans. I’d say clam chowder is our signature dish, you chowdah heads! —JOE DENNEHY Waltham, Massachusetts Everybody loves Ben & Jerry’s, but they are relatively new to Vermont’s food heritage. What about maple syrup—on ice cream, in maple candy, and especially in the seasonal favorite sugar-on-snow (clean, packed snow in a pan with boiled syrup poured in rows and wound onto a fork to eat like taffy)? Don’t forget sour pickles to cut the sweetness and raised doughnuts…

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painting paradise

IT WAS AMERICA’S deadliest wildfire in at least 100 years and the most destructive in California history. The Camp Fire started at 6:33 a.m. on November 8, 2018, touched off by faulty electrical transmission lines in the town of Paradise. It burned for 17 days and consumed 153,336 acres north of Sacramento. In all, the fire caused $16.5 billion in damage, destroying nearly 19,000 buildings, leaving 50,000 homeless, and killing 85. The beauty of this beautifully named place was gone. Shane Grammer grew up 15 miles away in Chico, and he followed the news of the fire’s deadly path from Los Angeles, where the 47-year-old father of three works as a creative director for Disney’s theme parks. Grammer still has friends in the Paradise area. When his childhood buddy Shane Edwards…

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peak performance

COLORADO’S GRAYS PEAK rises 14,278 feet above sea level, high enough that trees can’t grow toward the top, though there are plenty of shrubs, rocks, and boulders. It was in this unforgiving terrain that Bev Wedelstedt was unlucky enough to rupture the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in her left knee. It was August 2018, and Wedelstedt, 56, was on her way back down the trail with three friends. A storm was brewing, and they were anxious to get off the mountain. When they approached a rocky drop of a couple of feet, Wedelstedt decided that instead of shimmying down on her butt—the safe way to go—she would leap. She landed on her left leg. Then she heard the snap. Every step after that was agony. Before long, she had to stop.…

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quotable quotes

Don’t be scared if you don’t do things in the right order… I didn’t think I’d have dessert before breakfast today, but hey, it turned out that way and I wouldn’t change a thing.—Mindy Kaling, COMEDIANHard work should be rewarded by good food.—Ken Follett, WRITERIf we are to remain a free and viable society, we need to spend less time looking at screens and more time looking into each other’s eyes.—Glenn Close, ACTORBooks can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”—Helen Exley, AUTHORThe difference between doing something and not doing something is doing something.—James Corden, COMEDIANThere is light at the end of the tunnel, which hopefully is not a freight train.—Mariah Carey, SINGERIt is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams… Since no…

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a bad-fiction writing contest

Why would you want to become famous for being a terrible writer? It sounded to me like a great title to have—if you just win it once. I first entered in 2006 and then got a dishonorable mention in 2013. That means you’re just bad enough to make the cut. Does writing badly come naturally to you? In fact, my English grades were quite appalling. Bad writing comes in a flash of un-brilliance, but it takes a bit of craftsmanship. You want to cringe and laugh at the same time. The trick is to find the simile that doesn’t work or the metaphor that is so bad it makes you laugh. What’s one of your most cringeworthy lines ever? It was about a woman whose lips were like two plump worms wriggling on a hot…