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    The Buddy Bench Revolution

    After one 8-year-old had no one to play with at his school in Cork, Ireland, his mother nudged administrators to get a “buddy bench.” The benches serve as spots where children can find each other during lonely lunchtimes and talk about what may be bothering them, say the people who make the benches. Such personal talk is awkward in many societies, and a safe space to share can help, even for adults. Ireland’s “men’s sheds” provide places to build stuff while chatting about divorce, bereavement and other deeply personal troubles.

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