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Iwo Jima Marine urges vets to talk about war

As his generation of World War II fighters dwindles to about 600,000 people, George Cattelona urges his old comrades to open up. He understands veterans’ tendency to shut the worst pictures away in a locked room at the back of their heads, and he knows the release they can feel when they invite people in.

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John Rosemond: Is hoping helping or hurting?

A number of years ago, Jane Goodall wrote a book titled “A Reason to Hope,” which was truly inspirational. I was fortunate to be speaking at an event where she spoke too, and we got to know each other a little. With the understanding she shares through her work with wild chimps and other apes, she really does give us all a reason to hope.

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Last-minute ways to make money this summer

Finding a summer job this late in the school year can be extremely challenging and sometimes even impossible. If you're in need of some cash flow stuck seeing "we are no longer hiring" in every storefront, here are quick ways to get some money in your wallet over the summer.

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An ode to Zayn

In junior high, two friends invited me to a One Direction concert. Like any awkward, full-of-angst preteen, I was terrified - 1D was a boy band, existing in categorical defiance of everything "alternative or cool" in the mind of a budding pseudo-critic. Still, full of doubt, I went to the concert.

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Parents @ Play: Travel accessories

When you're taking a family vacation, you need to be ready for anything. At the same time, you don't want to pack everything you own and the kitchen sink. Here are some of our travel must-haves.

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Childhood movies with deeper meanings

As children, we grow up watching movies about anything from dinosaurs to princesses and adventures to comedies. Looking back on the movies we watched as children, we find a deeper meaning that has resonated into our society and may make a connection to our own lives. Here are five movies that gain even more meaning as we age.

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