Singing My Dad Back to Me

As Alzheimer’s disease lowers its veil over my father, one of the few ways to penetrate through his fog is music. Luckily, he prepared for that decades ago by encouraging my love of singing. As a child, I was classically trained as an opera singer. My career took me in the direction of words rather…

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Is It Possible to Outgrow A.D.H.D.?

When my 15-year-old son was given a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at age 7, I was told that it was a lifelong chronic condition. So I felt a little bit hopeful when a study published last winter in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics said that “an estimated 30 percent to 60…

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Mallory Merk’s Music Feels Different Now

Name: Mallory Merk Age: 20 Hometown: Born in Shreveport, La., she grew up in Harlem (where her mother lived) and Trenton, N.J. (where her father lived). Now lives: A two-bedroom apartment in Venice Beach, Calif., with her best friend. Claim to fame: Ms. Merk is a fashion model and singer-songwriter whose guitar-soaked melodies and candid…

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A Solution to Pandemic Hunger, Eyeballs and All

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Leo Mulipola found a lifeline in a load of fish heads. Mr. Mulipola, 49, has struggled to find even an entry-level job at a gas station during the coronavirus pandemic and is now unemployed. So, with a household of six to feed, he jumped at the chance to pick up donated…

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As Virus Cases Spike, Should Indoor Dining Be Allowed When Classrooms Close?

Across much of Europe, even as coronavirus cases rise anew, governments are keeping classrooms open while forcing restaurants and bars to shut their doors. But in some American cities, officials have opted to keep students home even as dining rooms bustle with customers. Facing a second wave of the virus, New York City stands on…

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How I Got Caught Up in a Global Romance Scam

This past spring, my inboxes began filling with messages from heartbroken women. The first came through Instagram: “Hey, I am Lina. I live in Germany. Someone is using your pictures for scamming!” Her profile revealed a woman who looked to be near my age, late 40s, wearing black-framed glasses. She told me she had met…

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