Old Letters, Photos and Recipes Brighten Smaller Thanksgivings

Every Wednesday night at 8:15, 16 of my wife’s family members gather around computer screens in their homes in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; New York City; and Chapel Hill, N.C., to look into their collective past. On a Zoom screen, we watch grainy Super-8 images of my mother-in-law, who died long before I met her daughter,…

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‘Love at First Fight’

When Alys Daly met Dan Peters in August 2018 through the dating app Bumble, she was no dating neophyte. She’d been at it for decades, actually, and had developed a board game, “Landing Mr. Right,” which was designed to help women attain a sense of levity during the tribulations of dating. She had also written…

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A Turkey to Dream About

Good morning. Maneet Chauhan, the chef and author of the excellent cookbook “Chaat: Recipes From the Kitchens, Markets and Railways of India,” recently told me about the turkey she serves for Thanksgiving at her Nashville restaurant, Chauhan Ale & Masala House. (In August, Priya Krishna wrote a profile of her for The Times.) It’s a…

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Snapshots of Daily Life in a Remote Region of Portugal

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, André Vieira shares a collection of images from Portugal. The Barroso,…

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Can an Algorithm Prevent Suicide?

At a recent visit to the Veterans Affairs clinic in the Bronx, Barry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, learned that he belonged to a very exclusive club. According to a new A.I.-assisted algorithm, he was one of several hundred V.A. patients nationwide, of six million total, deemed at imminent risk of suicide. The news did not…

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The Risks of Another Epidemic: Teenage Vaping

While most of us strive to avoid inhaling aerosols that could harbor a deadly virus, millions of teens and young adults are deliberately bathing their lungs in aerosols rich in chemicals with known or suspected health hazards. I’m referring to vaping (or “juuling”): the use of e-cigarettes that is hooking young people on a highly…

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Improve Emergency Care? Pandemic Helps Point the Way

The pandemic may present an opportunity to reshape the future of emergency medicine. The coronavirus has already prompted health care leaders to rethink how to deliver care to make the most of available resources, both physical and digital. If the shift to greater use of telemedicine continues after the pandemic, it could reduce reliance on…

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In a Pandemic, Even Minimalists Need Space

For years, Erin Boyle wrote about living in a tiny apartment on her blog, “Reading My Tea Leaves,” detailing the creative, thrifty ways she made a roughly 500-square-foot one-bedroom in Brooklyn Heights work for her, her husband, James Casey, and their two children, Faye, 6, and Silas, 3. One post described making old wooden crates…

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Being Thankful and Hopeful in This Weird and Terrible Year

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, but I am not particularly good at being thankful. I’ve hosted my family celebration every November for more than 35 years, but I don’t ask people to go around the table and say what they are grateful for. Come to think of it, I don’t do very well…

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Bill Gates, the Virus and the Quest to Vaccinate the World

The head of one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers had a problem. Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the Serum Institute of India, needed $850 million for everything from glass vials to stainless steel vats so he could begin producing doses of promising coronavirus vaccines for the world’s poor. Mr. Poonawalla calculated that he could…

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