How a Teeny-Weeny Chef Became a Great Big Star

LOS ANGELES — The chef stands only six inches tall, like an enchanted ball of moss sprung to life. Made of wood, foam latex and metal, he preps vegetables, simmers sauces and bakes pies the size of bottle caps, all while chattering in a lispy singsong that is mostly incomprehensible. As the title character of…

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The Challenges of Home Dialysis

Mary Epp awoke from a deep sleep to the shrill sound of her dialysis machine’s alarm. Something was wrong. It was 1 a.m. and Mrs. Epp, 89, was alone at home in Marion Junction, Ala. No matter. Mrs. Epp has been on home dialysis since 2012, and she knew what to do: Check the machine,…

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See Every Designer Look From Target’s 20th Anniversary Collection

For 20 years now, Target has debuted its limited-edition designer collaborations to great fanfare that often resulted in a crashed website, hundreds of rabid shoppers hoarding merchandise, and endless check-out lines. Fashion fans who lived through the store’s first launches from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Altuzarra and Rodarte, but walked away empty…

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The New Cigarette Warnings Are Disturbing. See for Yourself.

WASHINGTON — The corpse is gone. So are the grief-stricken woman, the man struggling to smoke despite a hole in his windpipe and the rotting teeth. Nine years after the Food and Drug Administration first proposed graphic images as new warnings on cigarette packs but was thwarted by major tobacco companies in a successful court…

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From Wild Blueberries and Maine Terroir, Fine Sparkling Wine

APPLETON, Me. — Unless you have trained eyes, you could drive the narrow roads winding through the heart of coastal Maine’s wild-blueberry country and never realize you were surrounded by acres of blueberry vines. They slither along close to the ground, the narrow leaves as green as grass. A field of wild- blueberry vines resembles…

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How I Survived Wedding Season in My First Year of Sobriety

Weddings are for partying. I learned this much at my first wedding reception. I was 6, and a flower girl in my cousin’s bridal party. It was 1996, and I heard songs like “Macarena” and Hootie & the Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You” for the first time. I danced for hours in my pink…

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My Friend Won’t Share Her Boyfriend’s Age. Should I Be Worried?

My friend does missionary work in a developing country. She’s in her 60s. She took up with a local man, and now her Facebook page is filled with heart-shaped photos of them and proclamations of how he’s changed her life. She mentioned an age difference, but wouldn’t say how old he is. (He looks to…

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Pumpkin Spice Is Coming Early to Dunkin’ and Starbucks

As a heat wave bears down on parts of the country, what could be better than wrapping your sweaty palms around a steaming pumpkin-flavored latte? If that is not your idea of summer fun, take it up with the coffee and doughnut chain that now goes by the name Dunkin’, which announced on Monday that…

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Maria Qamar’s Bold Art Is Both Therapy and Weapon

A 10-foot-tall inflatable red lota, a wall covered with balloons resembling bags of Maggi noodles, and a painting of an angry bindi-wearing woman declaring “Mera jism, mera hathyar!” These works of art at Maria Qamar’s exhibition, “Fraaaandship!,” at Richard Taittinger Gallery feel like her colorful, politically engaged Instagram feed brought to life. Her Pop art…

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Women no better at multitasking than men, study finds

New research has revealed that gender makes no difference in a person’s ability to multitask. Women are no better at multitasking than men, new research shows. Whether it is the result of anecdotal evidence or gender stereotyping, the belief that women are better at multitasking than men is very prevalent. In fact, in a 2015…

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