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LETTERS • NOTES ON THE February ISSUE
Off the Beaten Path • When a hiker falls 75 feet from a mountain cliff, a young stranger goes to extremes to save her
Just the Ticket
LIFE IN THESE United States
SCENTS AND ODD SENSIBILITIES
The Taste of Home • Nothing says childhood to me like an Army combat ration-as my husband soon learned
THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A HOME-REHYDRATED MEAL
NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR
WE FOUND A FIX • 9 TRICKS TO Improve Your Life*
I Am Mangoes …A Sweet Treat at Its Peak
PERFECT MANGO LASSI
ALL in a Day’s WORK
I HATE OFFICE LINGO—AN ODE
YOUR TRUE STORIES • IN 100 Words*
Poultry in Motion
News FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
“My Mommy® Is Broken!” • A toddler e-mails a complaint to customer service
LAUGHTER THE BEST Medicine
Putting a Ring Back on It
Don’t Waste Your Money on THESE 23 THINGS • AVOIDING UNFORCED SPENDING ERRORS WILL LET YOU SAVE FOR THE STUFF YOU REALLY WANT
A BIG LAWN
THE BIKER WITH A BIG HEART • Her son’s organ donation saved his life. So he rode 1,426 miles to meet her.
Starting a New Chapter • Some people don’t find their true direction in life until they are halfway through it
From Car Doc to People Doc
The Family That Grew from Grief
Readers Share Their Second-Act Stories
LAUGH LINES • In the Junk Food Folder
A GRIZZLY ENCOUNTER • On a trail near a mountain named for his grandfather, a lone hiker crosses paths with a bear three times his size—and with one enormous appetite
Top Folk Remedies from Around the World • We asked Reader’s Digest editors at our international editions to share their popular home health treatments. Here are the ones that check out with scientific research.
HEALING STORIES FROM EDITORS • In addition to pinpointing popular remedies in their home countries, RD editors shared some of their memories about them.
Humor in UNIFORM
The Last Days of the Pioneer • After printing the local farming, sports, and civic news for 121 years, another small-town paper faces the end of a noble enterprise
THE ART OF THE “GOOD” MELTDOWN • Under stress from every front, we’re having more meltdowns. Here’s how to lose it the right way.
WORD POWER • What do fettuccine, football, grass hoppers, and a carryall have in common? If you think you’re seeing double, you’re right—each of those words contains two sets of repeated letters, as do all the words this month. Will your answers be errorless? Don’t be embarrassed to turn the page for the answers.
BRAIN GAMES ANSWERS
MAKE US LAUGH!
PHOTO FINISH • YOUR Funniest CAPTIONS