Shhh! We’re Heading Off on Vacation

Next month, Elena Gaudino will fly from New York to Las Vegas, rent an S.U.V. and drive to the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park and other desert destinations. The 10-day road trip stands in for her favorite annual tradition — Burning Man, the Nevada arts festival that was canceled this year because of the…

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In Isolation, We’re Finally Dressing for Ourselves

Courtesy of Tracee Ellis Ross Over the past few months, I have cultivated a style perhaps best described as The Big Lebowski meets Auntie Mame. After stay-at-home orders removed any semblance of a routine, I turned to piling on odd, clashing garments, as if I were starring in a one-woman, millennial version of Grey Gardens.…

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He Got Her Attention, but the Guitar Hero Had to Go

Dr. Chloe Ciccariello remembers looking forward to a quiet nap one day in August 2006 at her Columbia dormitory, which was then assigned mostly to freshman engineering students. Suddenly the deafening sounds of electric guitar music outside her door roused her from bed in search of the source. She opened the door and found Dr.…

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Attracted by Their ‘Intellectual Curiosity’

By the time Alex Song said his first hello to Kelly Jean Qu in September 2017, she was saying goodbye to New York, where she had lived for nearly three years, and on the verge of moving back to her native Los Angeles. “I had already packed up most of my furniture and I was…

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Two World Travelers Find Love Close to Home

Shana Caro, a 31-year-old scientist at Columbia University who grew up in White Plains, N.Y., has lived in Borneo, Costa Rica, Uganda, Kenya, Oxford, and a tiny town in the Netherlands called Wageningen. Georgina Emerson (left), 34, the founder and director of Teach About Women, a nonprofit organization based in her native New York that…

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He Jogged Back Into Her Life

Shortly after graduating from college in 2003, Marisol Orihuela and Mark Roland both ended up living in the same Atlanta house that was sponsored by the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, to which both had enlisted for a year of public service. Mr. Roland, a Notre Dame graduate, says he had a crush on her; Ms. Orihuela,…

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Perfectly in Sync During a 35-State Road Trip and a 1,200-Mile Hike

The first time Henry Chapman asked out Melinda Becker, an acquaintance at Yale, where both were members of the imprecise and non-marching Yale Precision Marching Band, she was not entirely convinced he was being up front with her. “He says he was looking for a drinking buddy,” said Ms. Becker, 27. “I claim that was…

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It Might Have Been Called a Carat Cake

When Kara Weiss Maser got Barry Marc Funt’s text in March 2019 out of the blue, she figured it had to do with some community-related activity. Two decades earlier he had lived across the street from her in Livingston, N.J., when they were both married with small children. “He once did a political thing,” she…

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New Role for a Soap Opera Writer: Husband

While Ron Carlivati has made a career out of writing soap operas, his longtime partner, David Rogal, often prevents Mr. Carlivati’s life from becoming one. “I’m the more hotheaded, the more compulsive one in our relationship,” said Mr. Carlivati, 51, the head writer of the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives.” He also played the…

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Those Night-Shift Talks Were Easy as Pie

A windowless, fluorescent-lit warehouse, in Wenatchee, Wash., where millions upon millions of cherries — Bings, Sweethearts, Raniers, Tietons — are sorted and graded and packaged each summer, was where the romance between Corena Sharp and Mark Olson began. “It’s big, it’s cold, it’s very fast-paced,” said Ms. Sharp, now 27, who was a seasonal inspector…

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