WITH A BEAR IN MIND

APPARENTLY, I'VE BEEN GIVING THE WRONG ADVICE about what to do if you meet a bear in the woods. It may be that a sharp jab to the bear's nose is not the ticket after all.

Where we live in the summer, there are sometimes bears in the woods, although I've never actually run into one. Still, I've always felt obligated to prepare guests for the eventuality.

"Just a short jab," I always say. "Don't get any big ideas about letting go with one of those roundhouse rights you've seen in the movies. While you're winding up, that bear'll claw your...

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