Stories to Treasure
‘WHAT MAKES A READER’S DIGEST ARTICLE DIFFERENT?’
For me, the best Digest articles have a timeless relevance. They feel both familiar and fresh. Our annual Classic Reads is filled with stories that leave an impression and are relatable. In ‘A Question of Trust’ (page 104), Sherry Hemman Hogan reminisces about her father and his habit of carrying a handkerchief. Her father’s story could easily have been about my own father. Theirs was an era of simple rules, and one rule was to always carry a handkerchief in a trouser pocket. My dad’s handkerchief was there in times of sadness, injury and sickness but also when I needed to carry treasures found on bushwalks and prevent sauce stains on T-shirts. I learnt to iron on Dad’s handkerchiefs – making sure they were perfectly flat to fit neatly in his pocket. These simple pieces of cloth were masculine, useful, and a clear mark of a gentleman. Who’d have thought a simple story about a handkerchief would make such an impression? The simple humanity of a handkerchief – it’s the sort of story you’d only find in Reader’s Digest.
This year’s Classic Reads has stories to rally the human spirit, making us connect through our shared struggles, laughter, victories, joy and even tears. So, as you settle down with the