After Countless Proposals, She Finally Said Yes. Again.

Last summer a very handsome man kept proposing to me over and over again. “I really like you and I want to move this relationship along. So the question is: Will you marry me?” I’ve been crazy about this guy for nearly 30 years, but I just couldn’t bring myself to say yes. Each time…

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What I Didn’t Do This Summer

So I missed the eclipse. It turned out that in early July something equally cosmic would be happening — likewise accompanied by crying, laughing, drinking and a last-minute, nail-biting weather watch — albeit something more local and hopefully far more lasting. I performed a wedding. In all, I’ve witnessed eight total solar eclipses, from 35…

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Where Summer Never Changes

One summer, when my twin boys were three, we loaded up the car with pull-ups, crayons, plastic toys and, oh yes, clothing and swimsuits, and headed north on a seven-hour drive to Maine. Our destination was a lakeside resort, called Quisisana, in Southern Maine, where I’d worked one summer as a chambermaid when I was…

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How to Manage Your Mental Illness at Work

I dropped my freshly cooked lunch all over the carpet. It wasn’t the reason I broke down just outside my office, but it was all the excuse I needed. I fell to my knees, screamed at the carpet, and cried as I shakily cleaned up my food. Then I sat down to write this paragraph.…

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6 Tips for a Regret-Free Wedding Registry

Over the course of our 10-year marriage, my husband and I have had good times and bad, fun times with friends, and quiet times cocooning. None of those times, though, were spent with the 14,000 rpm “cyclonic” juicer a dear friend sent from our wedding registry. We are sorry. Our registry was full of perfect…

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Kits for Kids’ Sleepovers. Parents’ Ambien Not Included.

When Liz Sender’s daughter turned 8 in October, she requested a sleepover party. So Ms. Sender, a makeup artist in Los Angeles, did what any modern parent does: She looked on Instagram at slumber-party photos. It was there that she spotted WonderTent Parties, which provides a professionalized sleepover experience. Instead of mismatched sleeping bags cluttering…

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Medical News Today: ‘Wasabi receptor’ may advance treatments for chronic pain

Scorpion toxin targets the «wasabi receptor,» a specific receptor in nerve cells that helps humans react to wasabi, cigarette smoke, and environmental pollutants. According to new research, the toxin’s unusual mechanism of action means that it could help scientists learn more about chronic pain. New research furthers scientists’ understanding of chronic pain. Researchers from the…

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A Change of Heart After a Change in the Marriage Law

Emma Imbrie Chubb and Matthew Joseph Cannell Cummings are to be married Sept. 1 at Penn Forest Natural Burial Park in Verona, Pa. The couple are to participate in a self-uniting ceremony. Ms. Chubb, 35, is the inaugural Charlotte Feng Ford 1983 Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smith College Museum of Art. She graduated…

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She Said Yes Every Time He Asked

Qian Julie Wang and Marc Ari Gottlieb are to be married Sept. 1. Rabbi Jeffrey J. Sirkman is to officiate at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Judge Morgan B. Christen, who serves on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and has her chambers in Anchorage, and for whom the bride was a law clerk in 2014-15,…

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They Were in Step From the Beginning

Kara Ann Kaufman and David Michael Fisher are to be married Sept. 1 at Jacob’s Pillow, a performance space in Becket, Mass. Rabbi Getzel Davis is to officiate. The bride, 29, was until last month a research associate at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Mass., from which she received a master’s degree in public…

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