Magazine March 22, 2010, Issue

No Hiding Place

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My breakfast-time reading matter of choice, the New York Post, has regular stories about long-separated friends, lovers, and family members who find one another via Google. Here’s one: “High School Sweethearts Rekindle Romance After 50 Years.” The boy and girl were parted by a ruse of their parents, who disapproved. Half a century on, he widowed, she divorced, they are exchanging vows at last.

Who can resist such a story? Yet you can’t help but reflect on what must be far commoner than these joyful reunions: unwelcome e-mails from life segments long since consigned to the “best forgotten” bin. A sixtysomething

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