everyone’s a critic: How Was Your Experience? Please Rate the Entire World

Upon searching “Pacific Ocean” using Google Maps, one might expect to find a diagram of the world that illustrates Earth’s largest body of water. And yes, the result returns an interactive graphic displaying just that. But the aquatic destination also gets a rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, and more than 14,500 reviews, many describing…

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Social Q’s: This Fancy Wedding Is Everything I Didn’t Want for You

My nephew is 30. His parents died when he was 18, leaving him impoverished. Since then, I’ve provided financial guidance and emotional support. He was able to graduate from college debt free and has a good job. Against my advice, he used his savings for a down payment on a house I don’t believe he…

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36 Hours: 36 Hours in Rome

For all its imperial and papal pomp and circumstance, Rome at heart is a beautiful child — raucous, dreamy, secretive, a touch spoiled, by turns exasperating and enchanting. The child is on its best behavior during “le feste” — the winter holidays. High season crowds thin, and dazzling light displays and slanting sunbeams compensate for…

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Rites of Passage: What Is It About the Word ‘Wife’?

My mother, in an effort to keep me humble and rooted, likes to remind me of embarrassing facts from my childhood. Her favorite one lately: I marched up and down the hallway belting out “Here Comes the Bride” with a sheer beige curtain over my head as a veil. If anyone asked me what I…

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Time to Make the Donates!

Before the 2016 election, Tess Malone, 28, rarely engaged in charitable giving outside of disaster relief funds or individual GoFundMe fund-raising campaigns. But now, donating — often in the form of a late-night, anxiety-fueled frenzy — is as standard an expenditure for her as groceries and dining out. Ms. Malone, who lives in Atlanta and…

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Getting It on the Wrist (Yo!)

More than 135 million people have heard that Jay-Z and Beyoncé spent “250 for the Richard Mille” in one song on the YouTube post of their surprise summer release, “Everything Is Love.” And more than 36.6 million have played “New Patek,” Lil Uzi Vert’s latest single, on YouTube since it appeared in September. Rappers mentioning…

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Cuba Gooding Jr. on Longines’ ‘Razzle Dazzle’

Cuba Gooding Jr. has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, but the roles that made him a household name, he said, are those “closest to my real life.” For his first major part, as the break dancer Tre Styles in the 1991 movie “Boyz N The Hood,” “I was break dancing on the…

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Restlessly Seeking Celine

Gabrielle Boucinha, a freelance graphic designer, introduced her Instagram account in the wake of Phoebe Philo’s much lamented exit from Celine. Her feed, @oldceline, a compilation of images dating from Ms. Philo’s decade-long tenure at the luxury house, has drawn an ardent following, swelling from a few hundred in September, when Hedi Slimane was set…

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Federal Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Ruled Unconstitutional by Judge

More than two decades ago, Congress adopted a sweeping law that outlawed female genital mutilation, an ancient practice that 200 million women and girls around the world have undergone. But a federal court considering the first legal challenge to the statute found the law unconstitutional on Tuesday, greatly diminishing the chances of it being used…

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Medical News Today: Sweet options for people with diabetes

One of the most challenging types of food for people with diabetes to find is dessert. Doctors will generally encourage people with diabetes to avoid sugars and carbohydrates. However, by making some simple nutritional changes, it is possible for people with diabetes to enjoy desserts. Desserts can be full of sugar and other simple carbohydrates,…

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