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Fun Takes Work

Rachel Bachrach

They come from cities two hours away and countries twelve hours away. They work as directors, cooks, nurses, and lifeguards. And when the summer is over, they go back to their homes, their jobs, and their daily routines. Meet the women who make camp possible.

 

The Battle Against Boredom

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

As soon as summer hits, kids start complaining about being bored. They’re not the only ones — even we adults face boredom, whether we’re yawning our way through a tedious task or stuck in line at some bureaucratic office. Here, how to use that “I’m bored” feeling to improve your life, plus creative boredom-busters.

 

Traveling Light

Zehava Kaner

Many of us pick up emotional baggage over the years and end up lugging it around. For Devora Farrell, it took a life-threatening disease to get her to finally put her bags down — and even toss a few away. “I didn’t just have some baggage,” quips Devora, who has stage-four cancer and a total of twelve tumors in her body. “I had a bunch of suitcases, some of them matching.”

 

Short Story: First Steps

Shayna Hunt

Her name was Irina. When I first met her she was ten years old, spoke flawless English while sporting a Russian accent, and saw the world through the most beautiful hazel eyes I had ever seen.

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Emojification
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Just Because
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In the Heat of the Moment
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Foundation of Gratitude
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Hide and Veg
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