How important are pets?

A free or almost-free shelter dog becomes an emotional bargaining chip, and not only in the family.

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Beware Child Abduction Fiction

Is the child abduction novel the 21st century equivalent of orphan stories (though I suspect those were concocted to scare children, not adults)? Have there been more child abductions in real life? Are parents more fearful for their childrens’ safety than they have been in the past? Are they the ones buying these books? Or is abduction of children simply the most alluring subject in general — and if that is so, who is reading them and why?

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Mom’s Letter to Me At My Daughter’s Age (52)

My mother’s handwriting has always been difficult to read. She never apologized for it. When she sent me to the store with her list, those college summers I was home, long before cell phones, I learned to have her read them to me before I left. I suspect whenever she took a pen or pencil

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Do Japanese Kids Try Harder?

The Japanese believe a struggle is a way to become strong. Their children would spend an hour working on one math problem.  American students, on average, spend 30 seconds trying to solve a math problem before they “give up.”

I believe it. I have watched this happen and I know it’s not because the kids

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