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React - February 2008

React - February 2008

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The February 2009 letters column from Reader's Digest magazine. I edit this column.
The February 2009 letters column from Reader's Digest magazine. I edit this column.

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06/17/2009

 
A Better Place
G
reet everyone youmeet for a month—what a great idea (“Hello,Everybody”). I served in theAir Force for 28 years, andone of the first things I wastaught was to greet every-one, regardless of rank.This simple act establishesa connection—whetherit’s between spouses orstrangers—that really doesmake a difference. I hopethis catches on.
Susan Pardo,
ColoradoSprings,Colorado
While visiting China, Iwanted to practice someof the expressions our tourguide had taught us, so I startedsaying
ni hao
to people I met onthe street. I was delighted thatmost people smiled and responded.I thought, The people in China aremuch friendlier than Americans.Back at home, I read Joe Kita’s articleand decided to try it here. Guesswhat? Americans can be just asfriendly.
Eldon Irving,
Duncanville,Texas
Early Education
I
appreciated the suggestions in“Raising Kids Who Care.” How-ever, this job starts way before chil-dren are old enough to volunteer.Teaching your child to see the worldfrom others’ perspectives can beginas early as the toddler years. Bypointing out how his or her actions
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readersdigest.com
2/09
L E T T E R S O N T H E D E C E M B E R I S S U E
React
 We Want to Hear from You!
If we publish your letter—whether it’s to comment on our content, sing our praises,or take us to task—you’ll receive a free Reader’s Digest book or CD (courtesy of ourBooks and Music division). Send your submissions to letters@readersdigest.com.
I’ve been running
the same route for ten years,and I’ve met more “intimate strangers” by justsaying hello to those I pass. I now see them whenI’m out doing errands. My circle of friends hasexpanded, and my run is physically healthy anda blast socially.
Katherine Allen,
Plant City, Florida
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affect the feelings and reactions of others, you raise kids who really docare.
Holly Stephens,
SilverSpring,Maryland
Fight Back
I
was appalled to learn that peopleuse the Internet to harass others(Outrageous! “Keyboard Cowards”).It seems like no one understands pri-vacy or respect anymore. The Webis for sharing information, not forshielding creeps who bully others.Thanks for the tips on how toprotect one’s reputation.
 An Mien Nguyen,
Mesquite,Texas
These “keyboard cowards”have no respect for them-selves or anyone else. I wasraised in an orphanage andtook a lot of teasing. Oneof my “angels” there told methat anytime someone triesto hurt or disrespect youwith negative words, saysomething positive in return.I’ve been an educator for45 years, and I will continueto share this advice withmy students.
Bill Fox,
Tarkio,Missouri
Wit andWisdom
T
hewordsofauthorKateBraestrup(“GreatInspirations”),whose sonenlisted in the Marines, could nothave come at a better time. My sonrecently joined the Navy, and whileI’m proud of him, I had the samefears and concerns as Braestrup.Now, having read her story, I canbetter cope with his leaving. I hope
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readersdigest.com
2/09
“I’m not sure why, but you’re startingto irritate me, Betty.”
1 Idea + 38 Million Readers = New Hope
Since you told your readers
about H
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O for Life and how 900 students broughtwater to a village in Kenya, we’ve had an amazing response. One hundred schoolshave each taken on a water, sanitation, and hygiene project. Just think, 100 schoolsin developing nations will have clean water by the end of the school year. I appearedon the
Today 
show, and I am pleased to tell you that I was selected to be honoredby CNN at an “Inspire” conference for women in December. It all started with your article “Quenching a Thirst” (Make It Matter, June 2008). Your readers arehelping us bring clean water to the world.
Patty Hall,
New Brighton, Minnesota

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