From the December 2010 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Slam dunk

Sometimes progress comes as a result of painful experiences; sometimes it comes through a spiritual awakening; sometimes it comes through technology.

In the past it was important for me to always be right, since I didn't have a sober or valid leg to stand on. In the midst of an argument, I'd grab the encyclopedia, look up the topic, and prove I was right by slamming it on the table, saying, "So there!"

-- CAROL K.

Sarasota, Fla.

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