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Beware the Bucket List

Forget “25 Places to See Before You Die.” The real rewards of travel cannot be Instagrammed. I am at a cocktail party. I may also be losing my mind. One woman,...



Store Owners’ Daughter

I grew up behind a counter. In 1978, when I was 5 years old, my mother and stepfather, Kay and Charles Oates, bought a tiny, rundown gas station on the outskirts...



Love, Coco

I want my baby granddaughter to know me—but she’s 2,000 miles away and life is uncertain. So I’m writing her letters I hope she’ll read someday. First,...




Finding home and happiness where I least expected “Do you need help?” Kent called. I stood in the basement of our home—St. Anne’s Catholic Church, built...