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Knitting was mom’s passion and keeps me linked to her

I recognized my mother’s handwriting instantly — but what did her mysterious knitting instructions mean?

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A Dinner With Cupid reader speaks up about what daters are getting wrong

More than 20 years after an awkward first date, some advice for disappointed Dinner With Cupid participants

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The sounds that save us

Human voices, phonograph records, even chirping — sounds help tie us together and carry us through.

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At 70, he’s still waiting to get the call from the Red Sox

Why would I let a little thing like age dampen my dream of playing in the majors?

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When English is a foreign language

My husband and niece are American, but for me, the language of love is Arabic.

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What I learned from my kids’ preschool teacher

Spending time in my children’s classroom changed my approach to parenting.

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My motorcycle summer

We were middle-aged, but somehow everything felt new. A tale of love found and lost.

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Immigration status made all the difference between my brother and me

I was born in Colombia. He was born in Texas. He could travel, visit our family abroad, and take driver’s ed. I had to settle for staycations, Skype calls, and hitched rides.

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A lifelong friendship, from Boston to Hawaii

A homesick Hawaiian and a gregarious Bay Stater forged a bond in college that lasts today.

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Lessons in tennis — and life — pass from father to son to grandson

Once you’ve internalized the rules and etiquette of tennis, not much needs to be said.

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How a Google ad inspired me to discover the father I lost when I was young

A journey from a small village to a world capital in search of a long-lost father.

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A physician and her gearhead father talk shop

For us, trading expertise is love.

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Losing Syria, and my grandmother

Like my grandmother, the country was cut off from me but still there, broken but alive.

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Me vs. the squirrels: This is war

First they figured out a way to get from the tree to the roof. Then the fun really began.

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My simple good deed left me with a pain in the wallet

You read about things like a motorist paying the toll for the next car. I wanted to be that guy for once.

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I look just like my husband’s ex-wife

We could be sisters, and we’ve had the same taste in partners. But I’m over it.

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I’m going to miss my son, and his friends, when he heads to college

When my son and his buddies head off to college, my house is sure going to seem empty without those after-school refrigerator raids.

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Have a good ‘six degrees of separation’ story? This one is better.

When life imitates art imitating life, you get an encounter like this one.

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A shared distant past leads to a new bond for a 92-year-old

Thousands of miles from Kenya, a rehab patient and her nurse share fond memories of a place they both love.

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Friends and even strangers have taught me a lesson about my limp

After a brain injury, I thought I knew what to expect from life. Twenty years later, it’s clear I was wrong.

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As a kid, summer camp was an adventure. As a parent, it’s bittersweet

I loved the experience as a kid, and I want my daughter to have that too. But the letting go is tougher than I expected.

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How do you make a life and death decision for a stranger?

When the patient has no family ties, his future lies in the hands of people he never knew.

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Dad’s big Cape Cod vacation gamble

Every summer, he and my mom would pack up the five kids, leaving one big question to chance.

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I hope my daughter’s smile will be remembered

In the overwhelming darkness after her death, there have been moments of solace.

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I still have a landline and I’m not apologizing for it

Why I can’t bring myself to cut that tangled telephone cord.

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How I learned to like my unusual name

Mameve Medwed on the incident that made her see the advantages of a one-of-a-kind name.

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Kind of a funny story about death and tax returns

As a kid, I had it all wrong about my dad’s job. And he got the last laugh in a way.

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How I came to understand my son’s tattoos

Appalled at first at what he’d done to his healthy young body, I’ve realized now why the tattoos are important.

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Putting the baby sitter years behind us is bittersweet

We couldn’t have survived the past 11 years without you. Thank you.

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I’ve remained bonded to my sister across an ocean, and I owe it to Scrabble

My husband says I’d throw someone under a bus to beat him. But with Betsy, it’s different.

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Coming home to a small town

When I was young, I imagined a different life. But now I wouldn’t want my kids to grow up anywhere else.

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Romantic relationships are like toasters

Here’s a hot tip for you and your partner, from the small kitchen appliances aisle.

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How writing for Mary Tyler Moore helped me make it after all

Men dominated TV writing then. But a friend and I broke into the business with sheer chutzpah and a little luck.

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Baby boomers and their parents’ friends

Keeping the intergenerational bonds strong seems important even after our own parents are gone.

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Habits of a military dad

What living with him has taught me about home, family, and the definition of comfort.

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The adventures and heartache of a military family on the move

A Navy dad understands his son’s yearning for long-term friends.

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What happened to the foster kids I once knew?

A former foster child, I was lucky enough to be adopted, but what about the others that passed through our house?

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Mom, memory care, and me

I don’t envy my mother’s loss of her memories, but I do envy her loss of worry about the future.

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A widow in unfamiliar territory

After my husband died, my sister offered an alternative to living alone.

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How I feel about my daughter’s search for her birth parents

I understand her curiosity because I was adopted, too.

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Why we bought a Charlie Brown tree

Instead of searching for the perfect specimen, we chose one that needed a little help.

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Santa is real

My kids may have made a discovery about the jolly man in red this year, but we’ll still be looking to him for some Christmas magic.

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The guy I didn’t choose

I Googled my first love and found the unexpected.

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Hey millennials, call your mother

Even though Google has all the answers, we still like to feel useful every now and then.

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Unforgettable lessons from my first boss

At age 17, I learned habits that have served me well through all the jobs I’ve had since.

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When my dog died, grief support came from an unexpected source

Wordless sympathy from my other dog got me through that tough first night.

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What a parent of a transgender child knows

When one of her twins transitions, this parent and minister began to see the trouble with male/female.

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When mom used to brush my hair

Now that I’m the one untangling my daughters’ snarls, I see the ritual in a new way.

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Remembering Miss Cox, crossing guard

With her common sense rules and whimsical holiday outfits, she kept us safe.

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The best part of 50th birthday parties

They seem to have gotten more elaborate, but their real meaning is very simple.