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LETTERS • NOTES ON THE March ISSUE
Keeping It in the Family
Not on His Route! • A bus driver jumps into the fray after witnessing a brutal assault on an innocent grandmother
The Vaccine Hunter
UH-OH: SPAGHETTIOS SHORTAGE
ALL in a Day’s WORK
HOW TO Strengthen Your Immune System • Scientists don’t have all the answers, but exercise, proper diet, and stress management can make you more resilient at any age
IS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM VULNERABLE?
A Merit Badge in Manners
WE FOUND A FIX • 5 TRICKS TO Improve Your Life*
HUMOR in UNIFORM
I Am Rice … A Perfect Staple Made Better
CLASSIC CREAMY RICE PUDDING
WHERE, OH WHERE? An RD PHOTO QUIZ
Saluting Arlington Cemetery
LAUGH LINES • Blasts from the Past
A Hare-Raising Rescue
LIFE IN THESE United States
THANKS, KIDS … • On this Mother’s Day, let’s not forget just how much Mom has had to put up with over the years.
Brief Encounters of a Close Kind
The Benefits of Cuddling • The COVID-19 crisis has reminded us all that humans don’t just crave a hug or a friendly touch. We need it.
Can CBD Help You Sleep?
News FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
TRAVEL ROAD TRIPS! • After a long, sequestered year, many of us feel the itch to travel again. Before you start to pack the car, let these five signature drives inspire your plans—and your wanderlust.
LAUGHTER THE BEST Medicine
YOU KNOW THE FEELING?
JERRY’S DIRT • When it came to selecting his final resting place, my father-in-law knew to scout the land he loved, with help from the entire family
FAST FOOD WAS OUR LOVE LANGUAGE • In his short, difficult life, a greasy meal and a soda were a balm for my father. Every time I eat a chicken nugget, I feel close to him once again.
YOUR PET QUESTIONS ANSWERED • It’s not easy to know how to help our animals, considering they can’t talk—and don’t always listen. We asked Katrina Warren, veterinarian and author of four books, our most nagging questions about how to keep our dogs and cats happy and healthy.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Fish Chair • A funky furnishing with a backstory sparks a week these women will never forget
“DON’T PANIC!” • After the worst earthquake in North American history shocked Anchorage, Alaska, the city leaned on an unlikely savior to see it through the disaster
BRAIN GAMES • 7 Pages TO SHARPEN Your Mind
WORD POWER • May is Jewish American Heritage Month-mazel tov!-so we’re celebrating words with Hebrew roots. You may know more than you think: balm, cherub, cider, kosher, and Sabbath, for starters. See if you can schmooze your way through our quiz, and then say shalom to the next page for answers.
PHOTO FINISH • YOUR Funniest CAPTIONS