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Thayer Allyson Gowdy

On the Cover

In This Issue

Thoughts, p. 4

The Simple List, p. 8

Contributors, p. 22

Editor's Note, p. 25

Everyday Celebrations
How to throw a summer “dipping” party―with or without a pool, p. 27

Your Words
What are the top-three things on your lifelong to-do list?, p. 35


Life Lessons
Writer Erica Wagner tries to re-create one perfect childhood moment, p. 57

The Quiz
Are you overextended?, p. 62

The Motivator
Life coach Gail Blanke gives her five-prong strategy for weathering tough times, p. 139

Credits, p. 214

Reality Check
Wanted: an impersonal trainer, p. 218

Real Simple To Go, p. 220

The Guide


  • Eight ways to mix the season’s brights, p. 67
Beauty Body
  • A dental-health Q. and A., p. 89
  • Three quick bathroom upgrades, p. 101
  • From serving wine to taking a bath: the best temperatures for everything, p. 109

Road Tests