"A doll who changes rooms or a fluffy bear who stares may be a delight to some, and a horror to others," according to the Unsettling Toys website. "We help match people with creepy new friends."

  • Maureen O'Hagan
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After George Floyd's killing, Linda Harris was inspired to retrace Tubman’s journey from Cambridge, Md., to Kennett Square, Pa. She found some kindred spirits.

  • Sydney Page
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She lives alone in an assisted-living facility and watching the outdoor fitness classes has been her sole source of motivation and entertainment during the pandemic.

  • Sydney Page
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"I had people showing up on my front porch telling me, ‘Absolutely not — you have to decorate this year, and we’re going to help you,’ ” said Crystal Conover, whose 13-year-old son was hit by a car on Halloween 2011.

  • Cathy Free
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He has photographed more than 90,000 gravestones, using his own pain to help others find the resting places of their ancestors.

  • Gayle Brandeis
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With people already waiting for up to 11 hours to cast early in-person votes, “it’s pretty clear to me that there’s a need out there,” said Nasser Jaber, who is helping to organize the free food effort.

  • Cathy Free
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Doing her job with one hand feels natural to Savannah Stuard, but she knows it’s something unexpected for most patients.

  • Kellie B. Gormly
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The 16th century kettle arrived at Martin Goldsmith's home Oct. 11. When he held it, he was moved to tears.

  • Sydney Page
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“I am a teacher because I’m chasing the ghost of the educator I needed as a child,” said Eric Hale, who had a traumatic childhood.

  • Sydney Page
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After the war, Hal Halvorsen dropped chocolate bars for the children of Berlin as part of a humanitarian airlift. They soon started calling him the “Candy Bomber.”

  • Cathy Free
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Harper Wulms was 2 years old the first time she met Priscilla — a turkey with a rare condition, similar to the one she has.

  • Sydney Page
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“This garden is very important to me, like my grandbaby,” said Victorine Mbazang, who grows produce at Blair Road Community Garden.

  • Laurel Schwartz
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The 2-year-old insists on bringing his skeleton in the car, to the store and even for a swim. He also feeds him breakfast.

  • Cathy Free
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“It made me sad to think of her sitting alone in a house that needed so many repairs,” said electrician John Kinney.

  • Cathy Free
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102-year-old Beatrice Lumpkin called this the “most important election of my life.”

  • Perspective

Often, due to stigma, time constraints or confidentiality fears, doctors are reluctant to seek help for depression.

  • Marya J. Cohen
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“After I was bullied and I felt a darkness inside of me, I knew I didn't want other kids to feel the same way I felt,” wrote Cavanaugh Bell, 7.

  • Sydney Page
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In a fire, dogs will often run into a smoke-filled house, rather than away from it, because they want to return to their comfort zone.

  • Cathy Free
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“Here is a friend for you, in case you get lonely," wrote Carver, 5, who donated the Baby Yoda to firefighters.

  • Cathy Free
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In a now-viral TikTok video, a shellshocked Derlin Newey, 89, cries with joy: “How do I ever say thank you? I don’t know what to say!”

  • Kellie B. Gormly
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