Love Letter: More Than a Haircut

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] So often, a trip to the hair salon or barbershop is as much about the social experience as it is about the actual cut or style. The beauty of those visits is found in…

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The 13 Best Planners for Pretending You Actually Have Places to Go

Daily Planner 2020-2021 by Panda Planner Panda Planner amazon.com $20.97 Similar to the SELF Journal, Panda Planners are 90-day notebooks that help with productivity and time management. Each day has space to write a morning review, your top priorities, a schedule, and an end-of-day review, while the weekly rundowns will ensure you stay on top of long-term…

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Pandemic Parenting Was Already Relentless. Then Came Summer.

American parents spend more time and money on their children than ever — and that was before the pandemic. Now, with remote school ending for the summer and a far-from-normal fall expected, parenting is becoming only more demanding. It’s not just that children need more supervision, with their usual activities closed. Unlike previous generations of…

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Overlooked No More: Valerie Solanas, Radical Feminist Who Shot Andy Warhol

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. This month we’re adding the stories of important L.G.B.T.Q. figures. On June 3, 1968, Valerie Solanas walked into Andy Warhol’s studio, the Factory, with a gun and a plan to enact vengeance. What happened next came…

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How to Host a Socially Distanced Barbecue

Here’s a maxim for entertaining in the age of Covid-19: The only way to bring people together is to figure out how to keep them apart. So on a recent blue-skied afternoon, I stretched a tape measure to six feet while my husband, Daniel, arranged chairs and folding TV tables in our narrow Brooklyn backyard.…

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Fresh and Satisfying

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. My quarantine diet has shifted considerably in recent weeks: I now have way more access to fresh greens, which has meant salads galore. This windfall has reminded me that a great salad is a true luxury. (I am also devouring berries, fresh and baked into desserts like Jerrelle…

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This One-Pan Meal Shows Just How Joyful Tofu Can Be

Tofu’s versatility is no secret, but to embrace its many uses is an exquisite thing — it can be pan-fried, grilled, blended into spreads and dressings, or tossed in a smoker for a few hours. Those who know tofu well understand it as an ingredient that is subtle and ever-so-slightly sweet, a willing canvas for…

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High School Sweethearts a Decade Ago

Evelyn Rodriguez and Feliberto Gonzalo, both 27, were high school sweethearts who started dating their senior year at Union City High School in New Jersey, and in 2010 went to their prom together. Mr. Gonzalo, who wore a tuxedo to the prom, gave her a wrist corsage spray painted with gold glitter to match her…

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Enjoying Your Backyard All Summer Long

This summer may be one largely lived outdoors, where the safest place to see a friend or escape the four walls of your home is in your backyard or on your balcony or roof deck. But summer is not always so cooperative, and by mid-July, the heat, bugs and humidity can undo the best-laid summer…

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Second Chance for First Impression

It took two first dates for Nuala O’Connor and Peter Bass to fall in love. In 2013, Peter Bass, 56, was chatting with a college friend from Princeton at an event in Washington. “I was newly divorced and I had been doing the whole online thing and was finding it a little tiresome and challenging,”…

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