In 1920, Native Women Sought the Vote. Here’s What They Seek Now.

Native women were highly visible in early 20th-century suffrage activism. White suffragists, fascinated by Native matriarchal power, invited Native women to speak at conferences, join parades, and write for their publications. Native suffragists took advantage of these opportunities to speak about pressing issues in their communities — Native voting, land loss and treaty rights. But…

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Can’t Afford a Birkin Bag or a Racehorse? You Can Invest in One

Antonella Carbonaro, a consultant to financial technology companies, saved up to buy her Birkin bag, a luxury tote made by Hermès that sells new for tens of thousands of dollars. Since getting her bag in 2018, Ms. Carbonaro has stored it in her closet, bringing it out only on special occasions. But when she heard…

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Why Protest Tactics Spread Like Memes

When items like umbrellas and leaf blowers are subverted into objects of resistance, they become very shareable. Video The New York Times, Sergio Olmos for The New York TimesCredit July 31, 2020 A video frame captured in Hong Kong in August 2019 shows a group of pro-democracy protesters, smoke pluming toward them, racing to place…

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From Barbados to Bucharest

Alicia Arendt, a foreign service officer with the Department of State serving at the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, will be soon be transferred to a three-year post in Bucharest, Romania. And she’s taking with her something she did not have when she first arrived in Barbados in September 2018: her husband, Rohan Ford.…

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Wrong Places at the Right Time

If there hadn’t been two Dunkin’ stores on the same road in East Hartford, Conn., then maybe the Rev. Lydia Wittman and Rafi Ziauddin wouldn’t have ended up at different doughnut shops for their first date in 2014. And they wouldn’t have missed the beginning of the University of Connecticut football game or the tailgate…

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Taking a ‘Leap of Faith’ in New England

The marriage of Ruby Sattar and Frank Romeu on July 24, at City Hall in Quincy, Mass., with just three friends attending, was a far cry from the 150-guest bash the two had planned for February 2021 in their hometown of Miami. But for the two of them, it was just right. “We’re both very…

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A Romance Blooms in Nebraska

Robert Voelte and Ian Rose call themselves an intergenerational, intercultural, interracial gay couple standing in the center of a blue dot in the middle of a red state. That state is Nebraska, where they met in August 2008 on Mr. Rose’s first day as a vocal music teacher at the Omaha elementary school where Mr.…

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The ‘Right Time’ Came a Decade Later

She was from Maine and he was from California, but when Zmira Zilkha and Ward Wolff were both admitted in 2005 to Middlebury College in Vermont, a friend that he knew from high school and that she knew from summers in Prouts Neck, Maine, made sure that the two connected. “We happened to be put…

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‘How Lucky We Are to Have Found Each Other.’

For a couple who met in a choir, Oliver Cacananta has a perfect description of the partnership between himself and Danny Wan. “We harmonize,” said Mr. Cacananta (left). The two married on July 17 in an online service officiated by Homyrah Alocozy, a deputy marriage commissioner for Alameda County in California. Mr. Wan’s mother, Jane…

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A Perfect Spot for Running, or Proposing

Jennifer Lauren Soffen and Harrison Douglas Marks got to know each other walking, running and biking along New York City’s waterfront paths, especially by the Hudson River. “One of our favorite walks is along the West Side Highway,” said Mr. Marks, who was introduced to Ms. Soffen in 2018 through mutual friends. A few months…

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