Field Notes: Tops on the Wedding Playlist? An Original Song by Dad

When Fred Goldring began thinking of his oldest daughter’s wedding day, he knew a simple gift wouldn’t do. Mr. Goldring, who is a former entertainment lawyer and musician in Pacific Palisades, Calif., had always dreamed of performing a song on his daughter’s wedding day. While his daughter Jenna Goldring, 28, was planning her dream wedding…

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The Octomom Has Proved Us All Wrong

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — The 9-year-olds have matching button noses; toothy grins; roaming, smiling eyes. Noah and Josiah are Nordic blond and fair, Nariyah and Maliyah olive and deeply brunette, and their four brothers — Jonah, Jeremiah, Isaiah and Makai — run the gamut. Octuplets. “Hand me the spoon,” said Maliyah, standing at the stove.…

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Times Insider: Three Months in the Advice Mines

Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. I’m spending three months moonlighting as a work-life advice columnist for the Sunday Business section, writing a column called “Work Friend.” After me, someone else will dispense the advice — someone properly licensed and up-to-date on all…

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Mini-Vows: From Monkey Bars to Mountains to Marriage

Kathleen Meagher Ughetta and Andrew James Wood were married Dec. 15 at the Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Rev. John R. Yonkovig, a Roman Catholic priest, performed the ceremony. The bride, 26, is an oncology certified nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She was until May 2018 a…

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Shop the Apocalypse

A surfeit of dystopian apparel was evident on the men’s wear runways this year. Junya Watanabe showed nylon anoraks, wool lumberjack jackets and firefighter coats adorned with the kind of bright reflective tape usually seen on school crossing guards. Prada trotted out padded nylon vests that look like they could repel bullets and oversize rain…

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Medical News Today: How meditation impacts the way we learn

Many anecdotes and some studies suggest that meditation can be a powerful tool for mental and physical health. New research shows that it may have yet another benefit: to help us learn faster from past experiences. According to new findings, meditation alters the way in which we learn. In a new study, researchers from the…

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BITES: In Edinburgh, ‘Local’ Sometimes Means ‘From Mother’s Garden’

Ask the chef Scott Smith what makes Fhior, his new modern Scottish Edinburgh restaurant, unusual, and his answer is: “The bread.” As Mr. Smith explained it, the bread — made with beremeal, which is flour from a centuries-old Scottish grain that’s mainly grown on the island of Orkney — encapsulates the cooking philosophy that drives…

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In Battle Over Johnson’s Baby Powder, Asbestos Opens a New Legal Front

The memos were concise and direct. An executive at Johnson & Johnson said the main ingredient in its best-selling baby powder could potentially be contaminated by asbestos, the dangerous mineral that can cause cancer. He recommended to senior staff in 1971 that the company “upgrade” its quality control of talc. Two years later, another executive…

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