Signal Is the Messaging App of the Protests

Over the last two weeks, the number of Americans who have downloaded Signal, an encrypted messaging application, has skyrocketed. Many are using the app to organize and participate in protests against police brutality (without being spied on by law enforcement). The week before George Floyd died on May 25, about 51,000 first-time users downloaded Signal,…

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The Remorseless Confessions of a Champion Underbidder

Aunts, uncles, homies, bartenders, barbers, gamblers, church deacons, Harlemites, Pittsburghers, grad students, school principles, lawyers, landlords, Deltas, Dominicans, felons, Ellen DeGeneres — it doesn’t matter. If you’ve faced me in spades at any point in the last decade, you almost definitely walked away a loser, and probably wanted to fight. I’ve played approximately 70 times…

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Why Wine? Why Burgundy? Why Now?

I had a lot of reasons not to write this column. For one, it stretches back to the other side of the divide, before the pandemic, when the wine panel was able to convene and taste together without trepidation. It seems unreal to recall sitting down in unmasked fellowship on a chilly day at the…

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It’s Only a Game! Or So They Say.

In the best of times, a board game can provide hours of entertainment, filled with camaraderie and tests of wits and guile, thrilling twists of fate and daring acts of strategy and, of course, friendly competition. But a game also comes with a note of danger: Throw yourself into it too deeply, and it’s easy…

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What’s Worrying Teenagers Right Now

According to Nancy Lublin, the chief executive and co-founder of Crisis Text Line, a free mental health texting service providing confidential crisis intervention, the top three topics in conversations since the pandemic began have been “anxiety,” “depression” and “relationships.” But in the past week, as the demonstrations over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor…

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Getting Rid of Junk: How to Declutter Your Home?

Travel souvenirs, “grandmother’s” furniture, old household appliances and clothes – this junk takes up a lot of space at home, but parting with it is not easy. We are going to tell you how to get rid of unnecessary things in the apartment quickly and without remorse. Invite guests This is an example that always…

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10 Things Every Home Should Have

Do you feel your home is missing something? So that’s how it looks! In order to correct the situation in the coming year and make your house a complete and comfy place, look through the list of things that are simply required in every interior. In order for your home to become truly comfortable and…

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We Told Our Son Not to Protest. He Did Anyway. Now What?

Our 16-year-old son asked us if he could attend a Black Lives Matter protest march in our city, a Covid-19 hot spot. We said no. We decided it was too dangerous in terms of coronavirus risk and possible violence. He sneaked out of the apartment and went anyway. He claims he wore a mask and…

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Lessons on Marriage and Life from the Wolf-Dogs

Renee Dutcher and Teo Alfero were married outside a tepee on the eve of a full moon, after being walked down the aisle with two of their rescued wolf-dog hybrids. Their wedding, highlighted in a Vows column on May 31, 2013, was held at Wolf Connection, a nonprofit sanctuary in Acton, Calif., founded by Mr.…

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