The Surprising Way a Movie Brought Me Closer to My Mom

Growing up in a family that prized toughness, Megan Abbott loved gangster movies, gum­shoes, and gun molls. But one enduring 
influence could always bring her to tears.

How I Made My Best Friend During the Worst Tragedy of My Life

What single decision changed your life? Diane Penney, the 2016 Life Lessons contest winner, writes of a chance encounter during her darkest moment.



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