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In this issue: Sun, sea, sand, and you! America’s 10 best beaches; why you should kill your bucket list; Eleanor Roosevelt’s delightfully snarky cousin; Colorado’s pot experiment; and more.

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Cover illustration by Austin Briggs first appeared on the cover July 23, 1949.

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Features

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Hissing Cousins

By: Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer

The not-so-secret feud between Eleanor Roosevelt and her cousin Alice.  More

Beach at dusk.

America’s 10 Best Beaches

By: Stephanie Citron

Gorgeous getaways featuring a perfect blend of sand, sea, and sun.  More

Marijuana Plant

The Colorado Experiment

By: Serena Renner

At the start of 2014, the state made history by becoming the first in the nation to sell recreational marijuana. Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of pot’s prohibition?  More

A father playing with his daughter.

The Daddy Factor

By: Paul Raeburn

New studies suggest that fathers have more influence on their children’s social development, language skills, and emotional growth than once thought.  More

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What a Man’s Gotta Do

By: Post Editors

Norman Rockwell and other great Post illustrators tackle fatherhood.  More

A Harry Houdini poster

King of Chains

By: Micah Perks

A hopeful journalist seeks Houdini’s help to expose the Winchester spirit house, but even the great Harry Houdini can’t escape the truth. New fiction by Micah Perks.  More

Departments

Lighter Side

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Maypole Memories

By: Philip Gulley

Once upon a time, it was the centerpiece of May Day, a holiday sadly no longer recognized  More

Craft Magic

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Easy Flower Arranging

By: Post Editors

On Mother’s Day (May 10) impress your mom — and yourself! — by crafting a simple yet sophisticated seasonal arrangement from The Flower Recipe Book.  More

The Argument

Views of the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids at Giza, Venice, and the Great Wall of China.
Kill Your Bucket List

By: Edward Readicker-Henderson

When the main point of travel is to put another checkmark on a fat catalog of experiences, chances are you’re missing out.  More

Rockwell Files

A truck driver tries to coax a dog to move away from his truck.
Canine Commotion

By: Patrick Perry

Norman Rockwell’s balky bulldog brings the world to a halt while the supporting cast tries to coax him out of the way.  More

Celebrity Profile

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3 Questions for Dick Cavett

By: Claudia Gryvatz Copquin

The legendary talk show host tells us how to have an intelligent conversation with just about anyone.  More

American Pop

Chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam gives a TED talk.
The TED Talk Juggernaut

By: Cable Neuhaus

The art of dishing up deep insights in 18 minutes or less.  More

Contrarian View

A collection of products.
My Love-Hate Relationship with Trader Joe’s

By: Corey Levitan

Resident curmudgeon Corey Levitan takes aim at Trader Joe’s stocking policies in the May/June issue’s Contrarian View.  More

Money

A man swimming in the ocean is tossed a life preserver.
Save Big on Insurance

By: Steven G. Blum

Chances are you’re paying for more protection than you need. Here’s how to lighten up on your coverage without exposing yourself to too much risk.  More

My Word

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Mane Distraction

By: Hallie Ephron

The injustice of being cursed for a lifetime with hair that would never quite behave.  More

Food

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Ina Garten’s Make-Ahead Dinner Tips

By: Patrick Perry

The Barefoot Contessa shares perfect recipes for stress-free entertaining.  More

Tech

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Automate Your Home

By: Jeff Bertolucci

A growing array of tools you to manage your thermostat, locks, and more by remote.  More

Inspiration

A boat called "Dora Mae"
Try, Try Again

By: Chris Benguhe

Carl Miller’s lifelong dream was to be a commercial fisherman. And he wasn’t about to let a little thing like being paralyzed stop him from achieving it  More