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When you need some friends to drag you down

In the movie Gravity, George Clooney plays an astronaut who—spoiler alert!—happens to be extremely suave, witty, and good-looking. When a routine spacewalk goes wrong, poor George ends up drifting away into the vast emptiness of the cosmos. This leaves the other astronaut—i.e., the mom from The Blind Side—all by herself. Suddenly she faces a choice. She can either remain all…

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Hope beats a flush every time

From the family that brought you “puzzles as death sport” comes “confessions of sketchy card playing.” My maternal grandmother was a shameless cheat. To be her partner in Setback earned you immediate “guilt by association” status. She scratched her chest for “hearts.” She fiddled with her ring for “diamonds.” She blatantly mouthed “spades” and “clubs.” Robert Redford from The Sting she…

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When the great are not-so-great

Watching great people struggle produces a curious sensation. The pro golfer misses a tap-in putt to win the tournament, or the Olympian does a belly-buster on his final dive. We gasp. We can hardly breathe. Later, though, after the shock subsides, something in us breathes relief. It’s not gloating (unless—hypothetically—we’re talking about a hyper-brash NFL quarterback who gets humbled in a big game).…

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