Massage Therapy Without the Touch

After the coronavirus lockdowns took hold in March, Suzanne Kwasniewski, a licensed massage therapist in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., began calling her regular clients every week or two, at first just to see how they were doing. “When I spoke with some of my regulars, particularly those I’ve known a long time, I picked things up…

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You, Me and 53 Dogs

Liz Raines was three years into her first on-camera job as a political reporter at KTVA, the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, when a chance to cover the Iditarod, the nearly 1,000-mile dog sled race, landed in her lap in March 2018. Winning the coveted assignment was “a shocker,” she said. “I never got to do…

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Finding Hope and Their Own Magical Moments

By the time the singer and songwriter Alexi Paraschos married Chelsea Holmes in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square on July 26, he was feeling pretty good about the odds of avoiding the wedding-in-a-pandemic blues. Credit belongs to a musical project he assigned himself weeks before the couple decided to make good on a marriage certificate due to…

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It Was Time. The Coast Didn’t Matter.

Sean Vanaman was living in San Francisco and planning a work trip to New York when he decided to change his location on Tinder with the hope that he’d have a great date on the other coast. “I was very distinctly not looking for my life partner,” he said. “I had this very romantic idea:…

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Spicy Sign of Love and Family History

Karolle Malalatiana Rabarison and David James Rose were married Aug. 16 in the hemlock grove at Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Md. Rabbi Hannah Spiro officiated before immediate family including Mr. Rose’s grandparents who live nearby, and a close friend. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the sex therapist, who is a close friend of the groom’s…

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Finding a Perfect Match in the Discard File

Shortly before Ann Klein left her home in Oakland, Calif., to meet Krist Roginski for a first date at an Italian restaurant in Menlo Park, Calif., she began considering her mode of transportation. “I decided to drive, mostly because I was wearing a dress,” said Ms. Klein, 56, the chief product officer at Tact.ai, a…

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Taking a Liberated Plunge, Twice

Vermont has always been a significant, go-to getaway for Lucia D’Agostino Foulkes and Nicholas Spencer Dorf, particularly a tiny stone chapel in the woods at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. On Aug. 1 they were married outside the chapel, where Mr. Dorf had also proposed in February 2019 while they were snowshoeing through…

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The Doctors Found Their Perfect Date

A year ago, a wedding for fewer than 300 seemed impossible to Shravani Durbhakula. “When you’re an Indian person, you don’t get to have an intimate wedding,” she said. Because, she said, tradition often dictates a multiday celebration with extended family, “it just doesn’t happen.” Yet in a pandemic, sometimes it has to. Dr. Durbhakula,…

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An Interest in Ukraine Led to Romance

Isaac Webb could not have imagined, back in high school in Maine, that his desire to avoid physics and calculus would eventually lead him to a career, love and marriage. But, it could be argued, that is exactly how it happened. Mr. Webb still wanted to be attractive to competitive colleges, so after reading Dostoevsky’s…

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