Fostering A Community For Healing

Name: Lauren Ash Age: 31 Claim to fame: Ms. Ash is the founder of Black Girl in Om, a wellness website focused on women of color, which she started in 2014. She had been living in Chicago for one year and practicing yoga for three when the idea came to her: “I noticed that I…

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Your Body Is a Wonderland

THE BODYA Guide for OccupantsBy Bill Bryson During the few moments it will take you to read this review, your body will be extremely busy. Your lungs will inhale and exhale about 300 sextillion oxygen molecules. Your bone marrow will create some 200 million red blood cells. Your eyebrows will serve as a buffet for…

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Babs, a European Grill Where Sparks Fly

Over the years, I have eaten many bowls of pasta with clams that have been rewired by a chef who was trying to stand out. But I had not come across one that made as much sense to me as the big, sloshing platters you get at old-line Italian-American clam bars like Randazzo’s until tripping…

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Shrimp and Chemicals: What You Need to Know

Whether farmed or wild caught, the cheaper the shrimp, the more likely it is to have been treated with chemicals, particularly sodium tripolyphosphate and sodium bisulfite. Sodium bisulfite is used to keep shrimp shells from undergoing melanosis (also called black spot), which is a darkening of the head and shell after the shrimp are harvested…

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Spanx Started a Shapewear Revolution

Sliding into shapewear for the first time feels a little like vacuum sealing oneself. As someone who’d never worn the stuff before, it was, at best, noticeably uncomfortable. At worst, my internal organs felt so squished that I raced to the bathroom to shimmy out of it halfway through the work day. My ill-fated experiment…

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The Return of Olive Kitteridge, the Tart, Crotchety, Beloved Curmudgeon

OLIVE, AGAINBy Elizabeth Strout Patrick Melrose, the deeply troubled yet savagely witty character who was breathed into existence by the English author Edward St. Aubyn, seized readers’ attention in no less than five autobiographical novels, published between 1992 and 2012. Frank Bascombe, Richard Ford’s stoic and droll protagonist, propelled four of Ford’s books, beginning with…

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Lions, Legends and the Pull of History in Senegal’s Energetic Capital

The 52 Places Traveler The 52 Places Traveler fulfills a long-held dream of visiting Dakar and reaffirms his belief that “low season” is just a state of mind. Oct. 15, 2019 Video Produced by Meg Felling and Sebastian Modak Our columnist, Sebastian Modak, is visiting each destination on our 52 Places to Go in 2019…

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My Algorithm Makeover

This is a retail review in which I do not leave my apartment. All of the movements and decisions described take place in my mind or on my phone. Where mind ends and phone begins is sometimes unclear. All you have to know is that wherever I am, I am shopping. Personal Shopper by Prime…

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The Co-opting of Modest Fashion

Once upon a time, women’s wear was rife with transparency. With miniskirts and spaghetti-strap dresses and tank tops. With fashions intended to show some skin and combat the heat. Not anymore. Now we have hems that sweep the floor, sleeves that dangle so far down they are practically in the dust and necklines that rise…

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This Fungus Mutates. That’s Good News if You Like Cheese.

The legend of Camembert is one of daring escape and dairy espionage. The cheese was invented in 1791 when a priest from Brie (yes, like the cheese), took shelter with a dairymaid, Marie Harel, as he fled France’s anticlerical government. He taught her to make cheese with an edible rind, as local lore tells it.…

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