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She Was Dreading a Letter From Her Dead Mom. Did She Take Dear Prudence’s Advice?

She Was Dreading a Letter From Her Dead Mom. Did She Take Dear Prudence’s Advice?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 6 2015 8:00 PM

Letter-Perfect Solution

Dear Prudence’s advice to a woman struggling with the psychological burden that her mother imparted from her deathbed.

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Her dying mother wrote her letters more than a decade ago. Does she have to keep reading them?

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