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1. Why is the word 'good' in the title of the story, "The Only Good Squirrel"?

2. In the story, "Sisters-in-Law," are the lines: "...what does it mean to be loved for what you weren't?" and "Was Charlie really loyal, or was he simply not a philanderer?" Did you feel a question being asked in this piece on whether a relationship can be strong by virtue of the lack, rather than the possession, of certain character traits in the other? Discuss.

3. Discuss the specific situation in "Flying with Peter," about a mother letting her child go with her imagination, and the more general thought where it is stated late in the piece, "Somewhere I know that despite our best efforts to protect our children, no child will dodge life's pain."