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#240: Childhood In An Anxious Age

Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and thank you for opening today’s issue, whether this is your first or
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#240: Childhood In An Anxious Age
By Mark Isero • Issue #245 • View online
Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and thank you for opening today’s issue, whether this is your first or your 240th. This week’s issue features articles on how best to parent anxious children, why so many streets are named after Confederate generals, what makes the U.S. Postal Service so special, and how swimming is the most transformative type of exercise. (I still like running better.) If you’re a parent or a teacher, definitely read the lead article; if you like history, go with the second one; if you’re feeling sentimental, start with the photo of Miki, then read the whole second half. Enjoy!
+ I have a question for you: You’re sheltering in place, working from home, homeschooling your kids, worrying about your family and friends, and maybe navigating your partner. When and how are you finding the time and space to read? Please hit reply to tell me your secrets, or if you prefer, get your voice out there. I’ll share some tips and tricks next week.

Childhood In An Anxious Age
Confederacy In The Hood
Here’s Sophie, a 2-pound Miki, with her owner, VIP Len, in The Highlighter’s first-ever dog-plus-mug-plus-owner photo. Can anyone top this? If you’re hankering for a mug, become a VIP or head to highlighter.cc/store. As for getting yourself a cute dog, feel free to scour the archives for ideas! hltr.co/issues
Here’s Sophie, a 2-pound Miki, with her owner, VIP Len, in The Highlighter’s first-ever dog-plus-mug-plus-owner photo. Can anyone top this? If you’re hankering for a mug, become a VIP or head to highlighter.cc/store. As for getting yourself a cute dog, feel free to scour the archives for ideas! hltr.co/issues
An Ode To The Post Office
Why Do We Swim?
+ Reader Annotations: Last week’s “Baking Bread In Lyon” struck a chord. Not able to contain his excitement, loyal reader Tyler said the article “was sooooo good.” Loyal reader Phoebe wrote, “It was such a nice balm for these times.” And loyal reader Marna took things to the next level:
I woke this morning and saw that I had enough overripe bananas to make bread. As I read the baking piece, the aroma of the bread filled my kitchen. Thank you for making my morning more beautiful.
Also popular last week was “Hiking In The Woods With My Curmudgeonly Big Brother.” Loyal reader Martha, who encourages you to check out her YouTube channel, where she hosts live readings of The Highlighter (also in Spanish), liked the article because “I’ve been in a sappy mood and miss my family” and felt like the piece “read like a love letter.” Sharing a similar mood, loyal reader Hannah wrote that the piece brought her to tears:
I loved the article about the brothers. It totally made me cry (which seems to be happening more frequently than it used to), and was a wonderful reminder of the strength of sibling relationships and the beauty of loving people for who they are.
I love hearing from you, learning that the articles resonate with you, and building this reading community together. Go ahead, hit reply, and share your thoughts.
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