Sto­ries to Trea­sure

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Editor's Note - LOUISE WATERSON Group Edi­tor

‘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

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