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5 Tips for a Long and Good Life from My Mom, a Communist Salesclerk

Don’t let the hardships break you

My beautiful mom holds me as a baby
Photo of author in the arms of her mom, summer 1979

My mom’s life was everything but easy. Still, she stayed sane through it all. But she wasn’t born resilient. A personal tragedy made her finally stop stressing about the small stuff. My granddad died unexpectedly during a Christmas break at the age of 55. Through her grief, my mom finally…

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