Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns Over a New Leaf

Only a skeleton staff at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden witnessed the blizzard of cherry blossoms scattered by spring breezes during the pandemic shutdown. Delicate blooms of wisteria tumbled over pergolas and plump roses unfurled with no appreciative fans to say “Oooh.” The garden reopened in August for a limited daily number of socially distanced visitors.…

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How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea Garden

The tea garden — a typically modest plot dedicated to the growing of herbs and flowers for steeping — has its roots in ancient herbalist traditions and helped lay the foundation for modern botany. According to “The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants,” a 2016 guide to home remedies, the study of herbal medicine can be…

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Don’t Watch Porn at Work and Other Tips

“If someone asked you before, ‘Do you want to sign up for a world in which your co-workers see inside of your house all the time?’, the answer would probably be ‘no,’” said Kelly Williams Brown, an etiquette expert. Whelp, here we are. In a recent poll, one in four American workers said they’d been…

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No Grumpy Old Men in the Chimp World

It’s good to have friends, for humans and chimpanzees. But the nature and number of those friends change over time. In young adulthood, humans tend to have a lot of friendships. But as they age, social circles narrow, and people tend to keep a few good friends around and enjoy them more. This trend holds…

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Uggs Are Indie Now. I Don’t Make The Rules.

Courtesy, BackgridGetty Images Style Points is a weekly column about how fashion intersects with the wider world. When Glenn Martens’s models strode out on the runway, their upper thighs encased in fluffy tan tubelets, the front row did a double take. Were those…could those be…UGGs? Whatever your associations with the 40-year-old boot company—surfers, early-aughts Pamela…

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Take Comfort in Pumpkin This Season

Remote learning, empty football stadiums, no trick or treating. Fall might look and feel very different this year, but at least there are still plenty of pumpkins to be picked and pumpkin treats to eat. For carving and pumpkinseed roasting, standard jack-o’-lantern, or field, pumpkins will do just fine, but for eating, look for small,…

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James Redford, Documentarian and Environmentalist, Dies at 58

James Redford, a documentarian who drew on his own experience as a transplant recipient to create an institute devoted to educating people about such operations, and who with his father, the actor Robert Redford, founded the Redford Center, which examines environmental issues, died on Oct. 16 at his home in Fairfax, Calif. He was 58.…

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7 Months Into the Pandemic and I’m Losing Motivation. Help?!

Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter! Every week, S.L. editor Tim Herrera emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. It’s a normal part of having a job: the slump. You don’t feel motivated, your inspiration is just gone, your excitement…

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Seasons Change. Classic Drinks Do, Too.

Transitions are rarely linear — in life, love or seasons. As temperatures oscillate and the days get shorter, drinks that garner a sense of coziness, like toddies and mulled wine, can take you right from the cusp of fall to cuffing season. Toddies and mulled wine have a long history, with mulled wine dating to…

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Wikipedia and W.H.O. Join to Combat Covid Misinformation

As part of efforts to stop the spread of false information about the coronavirus pandemic, Wikipedia and the World Health Organization announced a collaboration on Thursday: The health agency will grant the online encyclopedia free use of its published information, graphics and videos. The collaboration is the first between Wikipedia and a health agency. “We…

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