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Readers Digest AustraliaReaders Digest Australia

Readers Digest Australia Jan-19

No wonder this is the world's most widely read magazine Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue. This magazine is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days.

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stories to treasure

‘WHAT MAKES A READER’S DIGEST ARTICLE DIFFERENT?’ For me, the best Digest articles have a timeless relevance. They feel both familiar and fresh. Our annual Classic Reads is filled with stories that leave an impression and are relatable. In ‘A Question of Trust’ (page 104), Sherry Hemman Hogan reminisces about her father and his habit of carrying a handkerchief. Her father’s story could easily have been about my own father. Theirs was an era of simple rules, and one rule was to always carry a handkerchief in a trouser pocket. My dad’s handkerchief was there in times of sadness, injury and sickness but also when I needed to carry treasures found on bushwalks and prevent sauce stains on T-shirts. I learnt to iron on Dad’s handkerchiefs – making sure they were…

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classics never age

I had no idea that dating etiquette in the 195Os was so complicated. ‘The Curious Custom of Going Steady’ looks at the delicate intricacies of this most serious business, and lays down the challenge to think about what we treasure in relationships today. ELEANOR WATSON, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR I love ‘From Street Kids to Royal Knights’ because it is about believing in yourself. It shows how self-confidence beats negativity from others and proves that no matter what, or how little, is expected from you by society, no one can dismiss you or your abilities if you have faith in yourself. MICHAEL CRAWFORD, DIGITAL EDITOR I read ‘Three Days to See’ a few months ago and it is still with me. I’ve taken up Helen Keller’s challenge and I’m (very easily) marvelling at the beauty in things…

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april 1937 escape from prison

BY NUMBER 57419 IT IS NIGHT AND I CAN’T SLEEP. A sliver of light from outside my cell throws hideous patterns on the walls. Faint noises of the free world beyond the prison reach my ears. I want to cry out, to tear the bars loose. Then my gaze falls on a frayed little magazine which a neighbour had tossed over just before ‘lights out’. And in the Reader’s Digest I find relief from my wild thoughts. On the cover and inside pages there will often be found in some fellow con’s handwriting, ‘Read and Pass On’ To many of the 4000 men here, your magazine means as much as it has meant to me during the past eight years. Locked in the cells from 4.30pm to 7am, they must have some escape…

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laughter the best medicine

1940s The nurse beckoned to one of a group of expectant fathers at the hospital and announced, “You have a fine son.” Another man immediately rushed up and complained, “What’s the idea? I was here before he was!” SOUTHERN TELEPHONE NEWS, RD NOVEMBER 1947 A housewife was looking over the new maid’s references. “Do you think you will settle down here?” she asked. “You seem to have left a good many places.” The girl smiled confidently. “Yes ma’am,” she replied. “But I didn’t leave any of them voluntarily.” TIT-BITS, RD APRIL 1948 It had been a terrible season for the local football team, and a friend was trying to cheer up the coach. “At least you’ve taught the boys good sportsmanship,” he comforted. “They’re certainly good losers.” “Good!” growled the coach. “Why, they’re perfect!” WOODMEN OF THE WORLD MAGAZINE,…

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three days to see

I have often thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days at some time during his early adult life. Darkness would make him more appreciative of sight; silence would teach him the joys of sound. Now and then, I have tested my seeing friends to discover what they see. Recently I asked a friend, who had just returned from a long walk in the woods, what she had observed. “Nothing in particular,” she replied. How was it possible, I asked myself, to walk for an hour through the woods and see nothing worthy of note? I, who cannot see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf. I pass my hands…

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walter mikac’s message of hope

I remember the days when I was Walter Mikac, the pharmacist, involved in amateur theatre productions, who sat on the school council and golfed on Wednesdays, whose wife and children were part of a small community in an idyllic setting in Tasmania. I’m alone these days. I sold our house and my pharmacy. I have bought another house in Melbourne and I am trying to start another life. But the one thing I don’t have is the thing I want most. My family: Nanette, the wonderful woman who shared 13 years of my life, and my two extraordinary children, Alannah, 6, and Madeline, 3. I’ll never forget the day I first saw Nanette. I was working at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. Her curly brown ringlets, blue eyes and smile were captivating.…