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The Cutest Dog in the World FAQ

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Life with the cutest dog in the world—JuJu—comes with drawbacks. The cutest dog in the world tends to attract a lot of attention. Out on walks, everyone wants to greet him, pet him, ask questions…

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My Twitter Crush

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A new follower on Twitter intrigues me. I’m a discerning Twitter follower. Just because you follow me, doesn’t mean I’ll follow you back. The last thing I need is my Twitter feed clogged up with a…

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If Gemma Teller Were on Instagram

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“You never heart my posts on Instagram,” a dear friends complains. “I heart you in person,” I counter, perplexed. “I heart the hell out of you.” I think of the many ways I heart her,…

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Happy Thanksgiving

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When a friend and I trekked in the Indian Himalayas a few years ago, the two words we most frequently uttered were thank you. Thank you, porters, for pitching our tent. Thank you for cooking…

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Singapore’s Changi Airport

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Singapore’s Changi Airport is not just another airport. It is a destination onto itself. It’s Oz, the Emerald City, minus the wizard and witch. A self-contained oasis for travelers. The only place in the world…

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Farewell Flying Trapeze Catcher

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Last May, I stood aloft on the trapeze platform at Circus Warehouse in New York, holding the trapeze bar, my body tense, my breath shallow with fear, my voice squeaky as I called out, “Lista.” I…

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Thanksgiving: Feeling Grateful

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November has always been the toughest month of the year for me. In the Northeast, where I grew up and now live, November heralds cold weather, shrinking daylight, bare trees. When I lived in San…

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Pakistan: It’s Complicated

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 “It’s not even a country, you know, it’s a fucking acronym.” — Homeland’s fictional CIA Director Andrew Lockhart referring to Pakistan. Showtime’s soapy series Homeland is probably not the best source of information on U.S. policy…

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Ode to Gus

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A tarot card reader told me Gus considered himself a singer. He wasn’t barking at me when I came home, he was serenading me. Despite his abandonment issues, he wasn’t yelping each time I left our…

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Tales of Love in India and New York

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For my first trip to India, my expectations were low. Friends who’d traveled extensively warned me against going there. “You’ll kill someone,” Charlane said. “The first man who grabs your breast—you’ll beat to him to death.”…

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