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New year, new bag of tricks

A brother resolves to be nicer in 2013.

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Speaking to my daughter-in-law before the holidays, I asked her what my young grandchildren would like for presents. She put my 5-year-old grandson on the phone, and I asked him. He said “a punching bag.” When I asked why he would like that, he replied, “So I can punch that instead of my sister.”

Jo Ann Seidman / Malden

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