Wines of The Times: Even Bad Jokes Can Make Good Thanksgiving Wines

Somewhere in this great land on Thanksgiving Day, a guest on the corny side will arrive at the feast, grinning and bearing a bottle of Turkish wine. “Turkey for the turkey,” he will say. The hosts will graciously accept the prize even as they groan inwardly. And yet, the jester might have it exactly right.…

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Rites of Passage: My Almost Motherhood

When I was 34 and single, a social services caseworker asked me if I wanted to adopt a 14-year-old girl. Wanted. The word wilted in my chest. How had my life meandered to a place where someone thought I wanted to be a mother? How could I explain to the caseworker that becoming a mother…

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Q & A: For Savannah Guthrie, Family Comes First

For Savannah Guthrie, the co-anchor, along with Hoda Kotb, of NBC’s “Today” show, traveling is a regular part of the job. As much as she’s in New York presenting feel-good stories from 30 Rock, she’s also frequently in exotic locations around the world reporting on current events. This winter she traveled to Pyeongchang, South Korea…

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How You Can Tell that the Guy Really Cares

You came round to discussing your feelings – but can you be sure that what you hear from your best guy in the world is the truth and nothing but the truth? On the contrary, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be attempts to hide the real thing. No guy can be relied…

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Is Your Man a Mama’s Boy?

“You are only mine,” the woman thinks about her husband, meaning that he has chosen her among the other candidates whom he encountered in his life. However, sometimes, when you stop competing with female rivals, a new war for the man‘s attention starts – this time with his mother. This is an unpleasant surprise, for…

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Medical News Today: How lights and sounds encourage risky behavior

A recent study provides fresh insight into gambling addiction. According to the findings, the sounds and lights that accompany a win on slot machines increase the likelihood of making risky decisions. A new study investigates the gaudy sensory experience of gambling machines. An addiction to gambling affects a significant proportion of adults in the United…

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Why Sports Parents Sometimes Behave So Badly

A video captured the angry crowd as it swarmed a football field to protest a penalty flag. A man grabbed the referee from behind and body-slammed him onto the ground. The players, who looked on, stunned, were 13 years old. The assailant was a parent at his son’s youth football game in Albuquerque. The New…

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Voices: Scar Tissue

I told my doctor recently that I sometimes experience rapid heart rate. She wasn’t too concerned but gave me an EKG anyway, perhaps for liability purposes. I’m in my 50s, after all, a decade in which important organs often begin to show their wear. A medical assistant came into the room and placed a dozen…

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Untangling Coverage Choices as Sign-Up Season Starts Under Obama Health Law

Despite efforts by President Trump and congressional Republicans to hobble the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance marketplace it created is still standing. When open enrollment starts on Thursday — in most places it runs through Dec. 15 — people in at least a dozen states who want to buy or renew policies will have…

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