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How Mom made fudge by feel

Sometimes it was rock-hard. Other times, it was fudge sauce. But other times ... 

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A journey from distrust to teammates

I’d been duped by beggars before. This time, we both had something to offer.

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How to solve the homework problem

Some want to abolish it. Mr. Markiewicz and I have an idea.

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Meanwhile... in Ga-Molepo, South Africa, local entrepreneur Jeffrey Mulaudzi is bringing bike-sharing to students

And in the Pitcairn islands, residents are hoping to see their home named as a dark sky sanctuary, while in Cali, Colombia, collectors of Afro-Caribbean vinyl records have been meeting annually for 26 years.

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Why won’t my animals listen to me?

A horse, a cow, and a steer all share the same attitude toward shelter and warmth.

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Meanwhile... in Khartoum, Sudan, an all-female band named Salute Yal Bannot is making waves

And in Thailand, the government is using new technology to fight an old problem, while in Bethlehem, South Africa, two rescued African lions are turning the page on new chapters. 

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The serendipity of distraction

Why is it that certain activities lead us so eagerly astray? 

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Meanwhile... in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a charity searches for homes or useful employment for dogs who find mines

And in Armenia, all children between the ages of 6 and 8 receive compulsory chess lessons, making Armenia the first country in the world to include chess in its national curriculum, while in Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso, African choreographer Aguibou Sanou has been bringing dance to prison.

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A rebuke from a much gentler age

Captain Crosby wore command lightly. He was a ‘people person’ before that term existed.

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Meanwhile... in Mosul, Iraq, Fahd Sabah recently launched Mosul’s new Book Forum cafe

And in Thornbury, Australia, refugees in this suburb of Melbourne are offering cooking classes organized by Free to Feed, a nonprofit started in 2015, while in La Paz, Bolivia, shoeshine boys are being given a leg up.

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An unquiet realization about libraries

A recent visit changes my perception of library behavior and purpose.

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Meanwhile... in Copperbelt, Zambia, tending to a baby chimp led to one of the largest chimpanzee reserves in the world

And in Somalia, a young social activist is offering former child soldiers and other war victims a chance to heal through surfing. Meanwhile, they're hiring in Antarctica.

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Why I’m so grateful to Steve

I’m a can-do guy. But this problem was beyond my ability – or desire – to solve.

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Meanwhile... in Nouakchott, Mauritania, a determined group of teenagers is working to improve the country’s capital

In Cyprus, British soldiers have a high-tech ally in their fight against bird trapping: drones. And in Kigali, Rwanda, the country hosted its first robotics boot camp last month.

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Someone to lean on arrives just when you need them

Crises may foster friendships as nurturing as they are brief.

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Meanwhile... in Mongolia, there is excitement about young opera singers

And in San Rafael, Colombia, workers are searching out and defusing land mines in an effort to make good on the government’s promise to demine the country by 2021, while in Ethiopia’s Harenna Forest, about 600 families practice a tradition of beekeeping dating back at least to the 4th century. 

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I am tugged into the past by a string

Mom saved string, although I don’t believe she’d save it if it were less than two feet long.

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Meanwhile... in Yerevan, Armenia, a young woman hopes to help jump-start education

And in Najaf, Iraq, Ahmad Shukor, an engineer and vintage car enthusiast, plans to open a vintage car showroom, while in Giza, Egypt, scientists from the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute and the French National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics are hoping that tiny robots will help them solve one of history’s great mysteries.

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What Shiloh taught me about living in the now

If a treat were offered but not immediately given, he let me know. 

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Meanwhile... in Senegal, elementary schools are experimenting with teaching students in the native language of Wolof

And in Isla Montecristo, El Salvador, residents help to collect the eggs of the endangered olive ridley, a black-green sea turtle, and then take them to Gio Díaz, while in Heidelberg, South Africa, a retiree noticed that vegetables were being stolen from his home garden, so he planted a new garden bordering right on the street to make it easier for those in need to pick the food.

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