At Disney World, ‘Worst Fears’ About Virus Have Not Come True

In July, one infectious disease expert said Walt Disney World’s reopening was a “terrible idea” that was “inviting disaster.” Social media users attacked Disney as “irresponsible” and “clueless” for pressing forward, even as coronavirus cases surged in Florida. A few aghast onlookers turned Disney World marketing videos into parody trailers for horror films. Attendance has…

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Do I Want A Boyfriend Or Am I Just Cold?

Hulton ArchiveGetty Images I’ve long resisted cuffing season—the unofficial period of coupling that begins with the first post-Labor Day chill and wraps up in the thaw of early spring. Urban Dictionary describes this ritual as when “cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.” My therapist would…

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Love Letter: Losing a Friend to Covid

Losing a loved one is always devastating, and those feelings of loss are heightened at a time when many have been forced to say goodbye through a screen. In this week’s Modern Love essay, Jared Misner, a writer in Charlotte, N.C., grapples with the complexities of socially distanced mourning following the loss of his best…

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You Won’t Want to Share This Roasted Cauliflower

I am the lone cauliflower eater in my house. Whenever I cook one, it’s all mine, from the tips of the fractal florets to the bottoms of the succulent stems. I’ve been known to devour an entire head in one sitting — in which case it’s not something I serve with dinner. It is dinner…

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This Season, Designers Welcomed Us to the Dollhouse

Style Points is a weekly column about how fashion intersects with the wider world. At one point this spring, Jeremy Scott indulged in a piece of self-care. Prompted by “how infuriatingly disgusting the news has become,» he turned off CNN and switched his TV’s default setting to Turner Classic Movies, where he happened upon a…

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Recipes You Love

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Emails poured in after last week’s newsletter, in which I asked you to tell me what you’ve been cooking and how you’ve been feeling about it. Notes arrived from all over — Saudi Arabia, Australia, Sweden. That was amazing. Some of the loudest calls were ones you might…

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A Taste of France Without Venturing Too Far

Time moves along, and suddenly it’s fall. The weather is fine, and trees are sporting multicolored leaves. A different kind of hunger sets in, and you’re longing for the food of autumn — deeper, more robust fare. For me, composing a three-course menu is always fun. You want a balance of flavors and textures and…

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Looking for Escapist TV? Try Home Design Shows

A few minutes into an episode of “Dream Home Makeover,” a home improvement series premiering on Netflix on Oct. 16, an anxious homeowner frets about a minor flaw in the family-room fireplace, an asymmetry that the wife describes as “pretty dramatic.” If you’ve watched enough home improvement television, you know this scene is meant to…

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Even as the Economy Grew, More Children Lost Health Insurance

ImageA family from El Salvador waited for help in applying for medical benefits at an outreach center in Houston last year. The percentage of children with health coverage has been falling in recent years.Credit…Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times The share of children with health coverage in the United States fell for the third…

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