6 Gifts Your Dad Will Actually Get Excited About This Father’s Day

Dads can be tough to shop for, so we often end up circling back to the same basic, boring Father’s Day gifts. This year, beam internally as you watch him unwrap something he genuinely won’t be expecting instead. Surprise him by creatively tailoring your gift to his interests: a pasta maker so he can make…

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Introducing Rhubarb Bars, Lemon Bars’ Pinker Cousins

Is it me, or have rhubarb desserts gotten pinker and more vivid in the last few years? A decade or so ago, they weren’t always the most attractive confections, at least not the ones I baked. The majority of stalks I found were green, not red. And even those blushed with pink turned sort of…

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Louis Vuitton Launches Customizable E-Cards to Help Celebrate Mother’s Day Virtually

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide shelter-at-home orders, many will be celebrating Mother’s Day apart from their loved ones. Louis Vuitton is stepping up to bolster virtual celebrations with the launch of customizable Mother’s Day e-cards, complete with limited-edition patches. No purchase is required to send the digital cards. Mother’s Day is just around the…

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Sheltering in Place in an R.V. Is Not as Fun as It Sounds

In the six years since they decided to sell their house and move into a 40-foot motor home, Julie and Marc Bennett have crisscrossed the country and become masters of the R.V. lifestyle — all while “still working and saving for retirement,” as they note on their website, RVlove.com. They even wrote a book, “Living…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: More than Half of U.S. States Move to Reopen Businesses

Here’s what you need to know: ImageBrooklyn on Wednesday. As jobless claims soared yet again this week, states are under tremendous pressure to reopen their economies.Credit…Juan Arredondo for The New York Times Governors wrestle with how to reopen and face new challenges to their authority. The sweeping orders that kept roughly nine out of 10 Americans…

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Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, World Cities Rethink Labor Day Protests: Live Coverage

Here’s what you need to know: ImageLabor Day protesters observed social distancing rules in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on Friday.Credit…Aris Messinis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Labor Day demonstrations are reimagined in cities under lockdown. May 1 is traditionally marked by demonstrations the world over, as employees turn out in force to commemorate…

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Making Space in Marriage, Even as the Walls Close In

It was a week before our 25th anniversary, and I wanted out. John and I were sitting in a tent pavilion as women in tiny thongs, platform boots and pasties snaked past us in a line for free ice cream, their behinds nearly grazing our noses. I glanced at my husband. He looked on affably,…

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This ‘Hospital Needs to Be Quarantined,’ but This Country Is at War

Now, about 70 doctors and nurses out of a staff of 361 at Kunduz Regional Hospital — the main health facility for several restive provinces in northeastern Afghanistan — are either infected with the coronavirus or in quarantine on suspicion of infection. But there is no choice but to keep the doors open, said Dr.…

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Garden Flowers: Not Too Late for Annuals

My farmer-florist neighbor Jennifer Elliott’s 15-acre organic operation in the Hudson Valley is like a giant cutting garden from April to November. So it was to Ms. Elliott and another flower-focused friend that I turned for a strategy in a year when having some version of what she has, at least in miniature — the…

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It’s Not Too Late for a Flower Garden

My farmer-florist neighbor Jennifer Elliott’s 15-acre organic operation in the Hudson Valley is like a giant cutting garden from April to November. So it was to Ms. Elliott and another flower-focused friend that I turned for a strategy in a year when having some version of what she has, at least in miniature — the…

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