Social Q’s: ‘Mommy’? But I Barely Know Them!

I was watching my boyfriend’s two children (ages 7 and 9). My mom was there to help. She started referring to me as “mommy” to them. (“Mommy’s making you a snack now.”) I’ve only known these kids for a year, since dating their father. They like me, but their mother is very much alive; they…

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Work Friend: What We Really Think About Millennials at Work

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Be the Hero Two people in my office are egregious slurpers of their foods and beverages. One of them is my idol and I think her slurping is…

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Meanwhile: Green Burials: At the End of Life, Thinking Outside the Coffin

Image Wendy MacNaughton is a graphic journalist based in San Francisco. You can find her via website and Instagram. More “Meanwhile” Wendy MacNaughton’s illustrated column about the big implications of seemingly small things. The 16-oz. Beer Can: A Cold One That’s a Hot One Something nebulous about the slightly larger size signals high quality and…

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Like a Boss: Megan Abbott’s Work Diary: ‘My Psychiatrist Notes How Tired I Look, Which Is Great’

The villains in Megan Abbott’s twisted crime novels are often combative, hypercompetitive women and girls: elite cheerleaders; perfectionist gymnasts and their drill-sergeant moms; a cunning crime boss and her back-stabbing, power-hungry underling. Ms. Abbott’s most recent novel, “Give Me Your Hand,” features rival postdoctoral researchers who are studying “premenstrual dysphoric disorder,” a particularly nasty form…

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Meghan Markle Wore a $63 Marks & Spencer Dress That Hasn’t Sold Out Yet

Getty ImagesCHRIS JACKSON Meghan Markle regularly wears outfits that are worth thousands of dollars, but sometimes, the Duchess of Sussex wears clothes that are so refreshingly chic and affordable, they naturally sell out fast once people get word. This past Saturday is yet another case of that. Meghan was confirmed by Hello! today to have…

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For a Buck and Sometimes a Buzz, Brewers Are Putting Cannabis Into Cans

For more than two decades, SweetWater Brewing Company’s best-seller has been its floral 420 Extra Pale Ale, the numerals slyly nodding to the beer’s April 20 birth date and the brewery’s fondness for marijuana: 420 is drug-subculture slang for cannabis. “We’ve had to hide these things,” said Freddy Bensch, who helped found the Atlanta brewery…

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Now You Can Rent Rebecca Taylor Clothing

Ask any fashion insider and they’ll tell you that building your dream wardrobe is exhausting, expensive, and often times wasteful—which is exactly why rentable fashion is on the rise. Rent the Runway has dominated the wear-and-return sphere for some time, while Villageluxe has the luxury rental game on lock, so it’s no wonder that fashion…

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The Pour: Thanksgiving Wines: A Last-Minute Checklist

It’s that time again — practically the last minute before the Thanksgiving guests arrive, and you’ve got everything under control. Except the wine. Perhaps you planned it that way. Leaving the wine until the very end eliminates the agonizing. You must act, and act swiftly. And we are here to help. What follows is a…

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