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National Day of Listening (November 28)
"Ask great questions. Share great stories," is the only requirement of the National Day of Listening (brought to you by the story-sharing organization StoryCorps). Or...if you're feeling inspired, find someone important in your life, interview her (or him), and share it on the site. The bonus? The holiday takes place on Black Friday. Imagine the joy of talking to a friend or family member about the plane he flew over France in 1944...instead of standing in line for a new retina-display tablet at 4:44 in the morning.

Amy Shearn is the author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn: A Novel and How Far Is the Ocean from Here?.

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