How I Found My Voice

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. I was dizzy; my heart, pounding. It was September 2013 and I was seated in a basement classroom at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I had taken a year off to study filmmaking…

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Greek Wines Get Back to Their Roots

AMYNDEON, Greece — The landscape of the Macedonian region in northern Greece is tapestried with vineyards. They supply wineries that are producing some of the best red wines Greece has to offer. The Alpha Estate here in the northwestern corner of Macedonia is a fine example. In a tasting of Greek reds by the wine…

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Medical News Today: For rats, empathy may be a survival strategy

New research suggests that a rat’s experiences may act as an early warning system to its fellow rodents. Share on PinterestNew research sheds light on the mechanism of empathy in rats. Empathy is the ability to understand someone else’s emotional experiences. Typically, we think of empathy as a noble quality that we relate to compassion.…

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For a Star of ‘Prodigal Son,’ a Place to Watch the World Go By

Every morning for 18 years, Bellamy Young woke up in the City of Angels and thought longingly and nostalgically of waking up in the city that never sleeps. Ms. Young is the sort who counts her blessings and determinedly aims for a high tally. So of course she’s grateful for the work that anchored her…

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The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: Rub-a-Dub to 2019

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Is This the Next Tulum?

The first glimpse of Laguna Bacalar felt like a mirage, a flash of luminous turquoise through a haze of trees. Twenty-six miles long and just over a mile wide, the “Lake of Seven Colors” snakes through the jungle, carrying tales of Mayan origins and pirate attacks. The shifting hues, courtesy of the lagoon’s white, limestone…

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Confused in California

The 52 Places Traveler Nearing the end of his round-the-world trip, the 52 Places Traveler was confounded by the Golden State cities of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Dec. 24, 2019 ImageThe Griffith Observatory offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills stretching all the way to the coast. The whirlwind pace of my yearlong trip…

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Chinese Restaurants Are Closing. That’s a Good Thing, the Owners Say.

KINGSTON, N.Y. — More than 40 years after buying Eng’s, a Chinese-American restaurant in the Hudson Valley, Tom Sit is reluctantly considering retirement. For much of his life, Mr. Sit has worked here seven days a week, 12 hours a day. He cooks in the same kitchen where he worked as a young immigrant from…

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Tracing the Path From Fast Fashion to ‘Trashion’

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. December is a season of consumption, and in the last two decades shoppers have filled their closets with what’s known as fast fashion: inexpensive clothing inspired by runway looks. But in our haste to find…

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Having a Dog as a Child Is Tied to a Lower Risk of Schizophrenia as an Adult

Living with a pet dog in childhood may be linked to a reduced risk of schizophrenia in adulthood. Researchers studied adult patients at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, 396 with schizophrenia and 381 with bipolar disorder. They compared them with 594 healthy controls. The participants reported whether they had had a dog or a cat…

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