Loneliness and Its Antidote on Orcas Island

The 52 Places Traveler Facing a birthday alone on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, the 52 Places Traveler learns some life lessons — and comes face to face with some whales. Sept. 17, 2019 Video Produced by Meg Felling and Sebastian Modak Our columnist, Sebastian Modak, is visiting each destination on…

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For Libyan Jews, This Spicy Fish Stew Is the Taste of Rosh Hashana

When Shalom Saada Saar was visiting Italy back in 2006, he yearned for the food of his childhood in Benghazi, Libya. In Rome, he met Hamos Guetta, a fixture in the city’s Libyan Jewish community of 5,000 or so, to whom he carefully recited the dishes his mother cooked at Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New…

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The James Beard Awards Redraws Its Map

The James Beard Foundation is shaking up its restaurant award regions, carving the country into new territories to better reflect shifts in population and dining. The changes, which the national culinary organization planned to announce on Tuesday, reflect growth in the number of restaurants outside traditional food powerhouses like New York, Los Angeles and San…

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The importance of ‘sport-related hobbies’ for middle aged women

Leisure time physical activity improves the blood lipid profile, a marker of cardiovascular risk, of postmenopausal women. Sports-related hobbies are vital for the heart health of postmenopausal women. This is the main takeaway of a new study that appears in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology. Sira Karvinen — a postdoctoral researcher from the Gerontology Research…

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For One Playwright, It Wouldn’t Be Home Without a Little Melodrama

It’s a lucky thing that the playwright Theresa Rebeck is so at home with drama. Otherwise, she would have had zero patience with the theatrics involved in wrangling the brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn, that her family has occupied for the past 18 years. “Previously, a crazy man lived here,” said Ms. Rebeck, 61, who…

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Why We Feel Compelled to Say ‘Bless You’ When Someone Sneezes

Saying “bless you” or “God bless you” after someone sneezes seems to be a reflex response. Why do we feel compelled to say it to anyone who sneezes, even if the sneezer is a stranger or the sneeze is heard from afar? “Saying ‘God bless you’ following a sneeze is a common refrain, so common…

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¿Son normales los coágulos sanguíneos durante el ciclo menstrual?

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As Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Drags On, Untracked Cases Sow Confusion

The United States remains committed to fighting Ebola in Africa, American health officials said on Monday, but the scope of the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has become somewhat unclear. There were rumors that Ebola had reached Tanzania, the officials noted. And the arrest of Congo’s former health minister, who until recently…

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Would a Purdue Bankruptcy Protect the Sacklers? Good Question.

After months of negotiations and threats, Purdue Pharma has finally filed for bankruptcy. But it’s hardly a done deal. The bankruptcy filing is part of a settlement agreement that the company and its owners negotiated with lawyers for states and thousands of local governments that have struggled for years with the opioid crisis. They support…

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New Yorkers and Their Skates, From Discos to Commutes

They came to Brooklyn from as far away as California, dressed in cutoff shorts, sequins and cowboy hats. It was September 1980 — the last days of disco — and Donna Summer thumped on a boombox in Prospect Park. There, 800 people had gathered to compete in what was billed as the first roller-skating marathon…

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