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Reader's Digest

Reader's Digest

February 2020

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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Here are nine things you need to know about our dog Sadie. 1. Sure, every dog is special to its owner, blah blah. But Sadie—I’m sorry, Sadie is more special. 2. For example, will your dog live to 39? Sadie will. Let’s look at the evidence: Her ear-shattering yaps of “Feed me! Feed me!” whenever her food pantry opens have grown in power and intensity every year. So she is clearly not close to her prime. Yet she is 16! I’ll be dead before she is. 3. If you are a close reader of this column, you know that our other dog, Steph Curry, is really good at blazing through the forest at a million miles an hour without a clue why. But believe it or not, Sadie is five times better at…

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The Nicest Places in America Your cover story has given me renewed hope and enthusiasm for this country of mixed peoples and cultures. From my island state of Hawaii, I see that the spirit of aloha—loosely translated as “love, peace, and compassion”—exists in every state. Aloha to all! —Robert Samuel hashimoto Mililani, Hawaii The award of “Nicest Place” to Columbiana, Ohio, made me very proud to have been raised there. At age 75, I don’t think I am the only one who still thinks of Columbiana as “The Biggest Little Town in Ohio.” I was never quite sure what it meant, but your article fleshes it out: big in generosity, kindness, tolerance, heart, and pride. —Bud Schmidt Myrtle Point, Oregon I nominated the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library in Narragansett, Rhode Island. We feel so fortunate…

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sounding smart

✦ “How to Sound Smarter, with Expert Help” suggests that we “simply” use “about the same distance” instead of “equidistant.” I disagree. It is not simpler to use four words and six syllables than to use one word of four syllables. My advice: Read a lot, increase your vocabulary, and use only words you understand. Sound smarter by being smarter. —Markell Raphaelson West LaureL, MaryLand ✦ While reading about people with periphrasis, the tendency to use large words to appear smarter, I was reminded of a quote by Nicky Gumbel: “Knowledge is like underwear. It is useful to have it, but not necessary to show it off.” —James M. Reed hoover, aLabaMa…

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“family is …”

When you think “family,” what’s the image you see? Do you have a great photo of it? Maybe it’s from a vacation with the kids. Or maybe it’s Thanksgiving with the neighbors you’ve loved for decades. Or maybe your image is more evocative—a shot of your laundry on the clothesline or the eyes of your grandmother in full glow. Share an award-worthy picture of your very personal concept of family and explain what makes that view so special, and you could win $500. Submit your photos and see terms at rd.com/photocontest.…

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a safe home for women

If you don’t want anyone to talk to you on a plane, hold a Bible in your lap. That’s a trick Kathrine Lee uses to get some quiet time between seminars and speaking engagements in her career as a life coach and business strategist. But it didn’t work the day a handsome man sat next to her and started chatting. He was charming, and before long, Kathrine, a married mother of three, was wondering which of her single girlfriends she’d set him up with. Then she asked him, “So what do you do?” He owned a pornography company, he told her. He thought it would be funny to get the church lady to like him, then tell her what he did for a living and watch her squirm. Instead, Kathrine started…

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crime and compassion

As temperatures approached 90 degrees in New York City last July 4th, three police officers ducked into a Whole Foods Market to get something cold to drink. What they walked into was a heated human drama. Once inside, the cops, Lt. Louis Sojo and Officers Esanidy Cuevas and Michael Rivera, were approached by a store security guard who asked for help with a suspected shoplifter. The woman in question didn’t have the look of a career criminal. She was obviously scared, and her cheeks were wet with tears. The cops peeked inside her bag. “All we saw was containers of food. We didn’t see anything else,” Cuevas told CBS New York. “I’m hungry,” she explained quietly. Caught red-handed, the woman no doubt expected to be cuffed and hauled off to jail for the crime…