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LETTERS • NOTES ON THE May ISSUE
His Crosses to Bear • A carpenter’s memorials have appeared after countless tragedies around the country. This time, the tragedy struck very close to home.
They Saved His Life—and His Lawn
Help Your Pet Live Longer • With the right care, you can enhance the quality—and quantity—of life for your furry friends
The North Carolina State Fair WATERMELON WEIGH-OFF
LIFE • IN THESE United States
TAKE THE BRAIN FREEZE QUIZ
A Grateful Patient • IN 100 Words*
Overworked? You’re Not the First • Turns out we’ve complained about our overflowing inboxes since the dawn of overtime
The Most Important Crop in the Land
Lie about your age. • And get away with it.
News FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
Facts and Myths About CBD
LAUGHTER • THE BEST Medicine
IS YOUR BLADDER ALWAYS TAKING YOU ON A TRIP OF ITS OWN?
Return to Sender
WE FOUND A FIX • 9 TRICKS TO Improve Your Life*
America the TASTY • Reader’s Digest and Taste of Home asked people across the country to pick the most delicious food in every state
THE LAST BAD DAY • Survivors of the USS Indianapolis spent days bobbing in the sea, enduring sharks, blistering sun, and dehydration. How they conducted themselves in the water and afterward is an affirmation of life.
HUMOR in UNIFORM
THE GLOBAL NETWORK • When disaster strands two American tourists in the jungle, unable to walk and unlikely to be found, they have one hope: a phone with a dying battery
Help. In danger. Call police.
ROAD TRIP TREASURES • For our annual photo contest, we asked readers to share their best snapshots from roadside America. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Small-Town SPIRIT Lives Here • Mount Vernon, Texas, could have become just another fading outpost. Folks in town weren’t about to let that happen.
ALL in a Day’s WORK
I Survived a STROKE • Recovery is possible for most anyone, if you have enough determination
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON STRESS • Losing your cool when the unexpected happens can have dire results. But you can train your mind to handle chaos.
Ask the Expert • COCHLEAR IMPLANTS – LIFE BEYOND HEARING AIDS
WORD POWER • Feeling lost? This month’s vocabulary words are all about giving you directions: up or down, near or far, east or west, on and on. To locate the answers, navigate to the next page.
PHOTO FINISH • YOUR Funniest CAPTIONS