Emotional Eating in Quarantined Kids

As parents stay home with their children, in a situation of anxiety and uncertainty, the recurring rituals of daily life — eating and sleeping and occupying your time — can be opportunities for comfort and family bonding or fraught expressions of stress, and sometimes both in rapid succession. Eating together can help a family through,…

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The Joy of Picking a Fight With Friends

ImageCredit…Illustration by Vincent Neuberg/The New York Times By Allison P. Davis In isolation, I’ve begun to recognize the entertainment value in making the biggest deal over the smallest thing. May 18, 2020 “Anyone for Zoom Uno?” I suggested to a group chat. “Maybe Friday night?” “I can’t, I have plans,” said Mel, with a vague…

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The Joy of Circling the Block

ImageCredit…Illustration by Vincent Neuberg/The New York Times By Jane Hu It’s a rediscovery of aimless ambling, but also a late-breaking innovation of movement in lives suddenly devoid of trips or errands. May 18, 2020 “Circling the block”— a phrase typically reserved for vehicles in search of a parking spot, now something done more on foot…

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The Joy of Imaginary Homesteading in Los Angeles

ImageCredit…Illustration by Larry Buchanan/The New York Times By Heather Havrilesky Sure, my prairie is a driveway, but the mind must travel. May 18, 2020 Yesterday, my husband found a large baby bird in our yard. It was the size of a cantaloupe and had gray wings with tendrils of yellow fuzz sticking out of them.…

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The Joy of the Hate-Watch

ImageCredit…Illustration by Eden Weingart By Sarah Miller I knew I would hate ‘The Princess Bride.’ What a delight to confirm not just my hunch, but that I know myself so well. May 18, 2020 “The Princess Bride” debuted on my 18th birthday — Sept. 25, 1987 — but did not find its way onto my…

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The Joy of Jogging Very, Very Slowly

ImageCredit…Illustration by Kaisha Murzamadiyeva/The New York Times It’s a great day for the race. The human race. At a contemplative pace. May 18, 2020 We were knee-deep in quarantine and the television was on. “Andrew Cuomo is talking about running!” I shrieked excitedly to my husband. “Running for president?” No. Known for his enjoyment of…

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The Joy of Getting Lost and Finding Your Way

ImageCredit…Illustration by Jason Fujikuni/The New York Times By Alex Williams Sure, the journey is the destination and all that. But to me, it’s more about the gamble. May 18, 2020 I’m not so unusual: I have Google calendar to remind me where I’m supposed to be at any given hour of any given day, Google…

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The Joy of Regrowing My Scallions — Yes, Regrowing My Scallions

ImageCredit…Illustration by Jonathan Corum/The New York Times and Shannon Lin/The New York Times You’ll have to trust me. It’s more thrilling than it sounds. May 18, 2020 One night, after making this terrifically simple Melissa Clark ginger-scallion chicken dish for dinner, I eyed the leftover hairy scallion butts, laying discarded near the cutting board. On…

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The Joy of Deleting My Many Mediocre Photos

ImageCredit…Illustration by Gray Beltran/The New York Times and Tanner Curtis/The New York Times Like Frankenstein’s creature, they trail us across time and terra. Let’s set ourselves free. May 18, 2020 “I wear the chain I forged in life,” the ghost of Jacob Marley once complained to a former co-worker. “I made it link by link,…

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The Joy of a Junky Old Nintendo

ImageCredit…Illustration by Aliza Aufrichtig/The New York Times and Rumsey Taylor/The New York Times By Lesley M. M. Blume Why Super Mario Bros. brought me to tears. May 18, 2020 One evening, a few weeks ago, at 8 p.m., my husband and I put our young daughter to bed as usual. At 8:01 p.m., I was…

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