How to Up the Spontaneity Quotient on Your Next Trip

Nothing against relaxing on beachfront daybeds or doing the cathedral-monument-museum circuit, but for travelers like me (and, I’m guessing, like some of you) the ideal vacation is one that combines relaxation and sightseeing with unexpected finds down narrow streets, lively conversations with surprising locals and wrong exits leading to hidden treasures. Alas, such experiences are…

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Phys Ed: Very Brief Workouts Count Toward 150-Minute Goal, New Guidelines Say

As of Monday, the United States has new federal physical-activity guidelines. The new guidelines, which represent a scientific consensus about how much and what types of physical activities we should complete for good health, bear a strong resemblance to the existing, 10-year-old governmental recommendations. But they also feature some important updates and expansions, including the…

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Doctors: Grief as My Guide: How My Sister Made Me a Better Doctor

The razor had a familiar thrum. Only this time, I wasn’t the one doing the shaving. I was watching as my sister’s remaining hair fell away. She was putting on a brave face, joking with the hairdresser. Her defiant look said: “Leukemia’s not going to get me.” But in her eyes, I also saw terror.…

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When Hospitals Merge to Save Money, Patients Often Pay More

The nation’s hospitals have been merging at a rapid pace for a decade, forming powerful organizations that influence nearly every health care decision consumers make. The hospitals have argued that consolidation benefits consumers with cheaper prices from coordinated services and other savings. But an analysis conducted for The New York Times shows the opposite to…

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Modern Love: Tiny Love Stories: ‘Are You Sure He Was Boring?’

Image Me and my wife, Ellie Jane. Married Marines We locked eyes across a crowded room. He was handsome in his military uniform; I was self-conscious in mine. Colleagues at first, he earned my respect, friendship and, finally, my heart and life. Years later, he faded away and she appeared. We picked out a new…

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5 Pretty Rose Gold Gifts to Give

There’s just something about rose gold. Softer than its yellow cousin and infinitely warmer than sterling, the hue has taken root as a go-to option for jewelry, accessories, home decor, and more. Below, our favorite giftable picks to wrap up this holiday season (or put on your own wish list because, obviously). Advertisement — Continue…

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