A ‘Surprising and Unexpected’ Update at Winterthur

When Carol B. Cadou was named the director and chief executive of the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware in April 2018, she began planning for total immersion in the 978-acre former estate of Henry Francis du Pont. “When I came on board, the trustees asked if I would live on the property,” said…

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Diary of an American in Finland, Doing ‘Essential’ Work in Ballet

When my phone rang very early on a September morning and a number from Finland appeared on the screen, I immediately thought, “The project is dead.” Amid the ever-worsening pandemic, I was supposed to be heading for Helsinki to serve as the dramaturge and artistic adviser on a new full-length ballet, “Jekyll & Hyde,” at…

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How to Pretend You’re in Paris Tonight

While your travel plans may be on hold, you can pretend you’re somewhere new for the night. Around the World at Home invites you to channel the spirit of a new place each week with recommendations on how to explore the culture, all from the comfort of your home. Paris is a collective fantasy, from…

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Inside the Chaotic, Cuthroat Gray Market for N95 Masks

In his 30 years as a doctor, Andrew Artenstein had never worried about N95 respirators. The chief physician executive of Baystate Health, he ran his four hospitals in western Massachusetts exactingly, and an essential face covering being out of stock was inconceivable. His doctors, nurses and other responders went through about 4,000 a month, usually…

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Vaccine Unproven? No Problem in China, Where People Scramble for Shots

Ethan Zhang needed to get back to work. Work was in Ivory Coast, however, and since January the global coronavirus outbreak had stranded the 26-year-old translator in mainland China. Then friends told Mr. Zhang of a way he could get his hands on what might be the world’s most coveted prize: a coronavirus vaccine. Though…

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How Many Snowbirds Will Be Flying South for the Winter?

Travel spending in the United States is down by hundreds of billions of dollars, Europe is locking down again and flying remains a fraction of what it was last year. Yet one corner of the world is aflutter with activity: snowbird groups on Facebook. Property owners boast about homes on the “EDGE OF PARADISE!!” Sunseekers…

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When Schools Closed, Americans Turned to Their Usual Backup Plan: Mothers

Compared with their fathers and grandfathers, this generation of men is much more involved at home — showing up at midday school events, coaching soccer and cooking dinner. Yet when the pandemic hit, it was largely mothers who took on the additional child care duties; became remote teachers; and, in large numbers, quit their jobs.…

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Deuxmoi, Instagram’s Biggest Gossip

Did you hear the scoop about Chris Evans? When the 39-year-old actor goes to the local sandwich shop in his Massachusetts hometown, he always orders the same thing: a ham sandwich. Allegedly. An anonymous source recently claimed that Mr. Evans asks for “pickles, tomatoes, a little mustard, and extra mayo” on wheat, with salt and…

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How Parents Can Tame the Stress of Climate Crises

My 3-year-old awoke recently, chirping happily in her bed while it was still dark outside, so I was surprised to see that the clock read 7:45 a.m. Normally, the autumn sun in Northern California would be fairly high by that time. But ash and smoke from raging wildfires dimmed the sun — in what the…

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10 French Movies That Can Transport You to Paris

While your travel plans may be on hold, you can pretend you’re somewhere new for the night. Around the World at Home invites you to channel the spirit of a new place each week with recommendations on how to explore the culture, all from the comfort of your home. “America is my country, and Paris…

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