Love, Marriage, Sex. (Not Necessarily in That Order.)

After 32 years together, it was the advice of a lawyer that finally pushed Susie Bright and Jon Bailiff into matrimony. “It was Covid-19 — we were already devoted but needed to pull the wedding trigger to cover every weird possibility in today’s existential apocalypse,” said Ms. Bright, a well-known vanguard in the sex-positive feminist…

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Caring for Each Other, and Many Others

The thread that connects the relationship of Henriette Myrthil, who is known to all as Hank, and Kenneth Balkaran, is their status as front-line medical workers. Ms. Myrthil, now 46, and Mr. Balkaran, now 38, first spotted each other in 2005 at NYU. Langone Health, where she was a unit patient associate and he was…

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Adding to the Sweeter Moments of Life

Bruktaweit Addis and Tif Slama were feeling pretty good about their second date, after having met on the dating app Bumble in March 2016. They had spent their first date chatting about Ms. Addis’s fear of earthquakes and Mr. Slama’s love of Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. the Rock, and were planning to spend their second date…

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A Busy Year and One to Remember

Semuteh Freeman and Dr. Uchechukwu Eke have had a very eventful year. A completion of medical training, a new job, a move halfway across the country, a marriage, an unexpected addition to the family and, of course, the coronavirus pandemic. “It was definitely challenging,” Ms. Freeman said. The two were initially drawn to each other…

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Two Dates Before Their Planned First Date

Mary Beth Taylor bought Emma Hutchinson a hot dog on the night they met, in 2018, at a Knicks game in Madison Square Garden. The two had gone to the basketball game with a larger group and spent the whole game chatting with each other over someone else’s lap. They learned that they each shared…

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The Mystery of a Delayed Wedding

Within five minutes, Andrew Stewart Heyman knew that he wanted to date Meredith Stacey Ganzman, and within 20 minutes he knew that he wanted to marry her. ”We knew the other was the one,” said Ms. Ganzman, who met him in New York in early November 2015 at Bar 6 in Greenwich Village. That date…

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Tyler Mitchell: ‘Black Beauty Is an Act of Justice’

A Black youth lays bare-chested in a field of wildflowers. Three others play double Dutch, framed from below, the blues of their jeans and tees fuzzing into the sky overhead. A woman sits on a placid beach, the sand-caked skin between her scoop-back swimsuit beating in the sun. This world that Tyler Mitchell conjures in…

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How to Move During the Coronavirus

I am an extreme planner. But I’ll admit that the task of planning a cross-country move during a pandemic with a suppressed immune system (and a sassy cat named Brünnhilde) was a daunting one. It was a plan born of necessity; I have Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the intestinal tract, as well…

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Is Corporate Change Really Possible?

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. Free Labor Boundaries A few weeks ago, I started a part-time internship. The work is remote and unpaid, and my supervisor and I are working across time zones.…

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The Art of the Cookie Drop

Juan Morel, a 38-year-old professional bodybuilder, has several nicknames. One is “Diesel,” for his resemblance to the similarly smooth-headed and muscled actor Vin. Another, “King of New York,” he earned for winning his second New York Pro competition last May. “And now,” Mr. Morel said recently over FaceTime from his Long Island home, “the ‘Cookie…

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