Why You Should Stop Looking for a Perfect Man

It’s always difficult with perfect men: even the best of them only seem perfect at first sight. Sooner or later, their flaws are revealed. Reaching thirty, any woman is faced with a choice: what is better – being alone or with whoever. How does it happen that quite grown-up, intelligent and accomplished women keep waiting…

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7 Signs of a Toxic Friendship

Toxic friends are not always as obviously seen as the three Heathers from the cult Heathers comedy. There is a very fine line between friendly banter and frank mockery, especially when it comes to people you consider close. Toxic friends have various methods of influence: criticism, competition, deceit, and manipulation. All this is generously sprinkled…

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10 Trifling Things Women Appreciate More Than Men Believe

The relationship between the sexes often resembles an endless battle. Major stakes are at issue, but these cannot be won or lost in a short period of time. Meanwhile, in the interims, there are so many little things that could endear partners to each other as surely as the sun rises on your union with…

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A Southern Town That’s Been Holding On to Its Charm, for More Than a Century

A group of populist reformers from up north arrived in Alabama in November 1894 with a radical plan. Their mission: to establish an experimental utopian community inspired by the economist Henry George, whose wildly popular book, “Progress and Poverty,” influenced readers around the world in search of more equitable societies. In this case, their chosen…

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Five Weeknight Dishes: By Popular Request

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. I get lots of emails from readers with recipe requests, and so I’m devoting today’s newsletter to a few that come up often: dishes that can be made ahead and are strategic wins for busy people; dishes that can feed one or two people without waste; and dishes…

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The Champagne Empress of Greenwich Village

“I have a solid six ideas every single day for a business,” said Ariel Arce, the owner of two Greenwich Village hot spots: Tokyo Record Bar and Air’s Champagne Parlor. “That’s not to say that all of those are good ideas. But because I’m naturally really impulsive, I just want to do it and I…

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Chicken Soup, but Make It Sassy

Chicken soup is a warm, comforting, cure-all, home-cooking classic. It is also maybe a little boring. Not that there’s anything wrong with a clear golden broth flecked with bits of chicken and thin carrot coins. It is delicious, of course, and sometimes — especially if you’re not feeling your best — boring is good, and…

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The New Old Age: Supplements Won’t Prevent Dementia. But These Steps Might.

Donna Kaye Hill realized that her 80-year-old mother was faltering cognitively when her phone suddenly stopped working. When Ms. Hill called the phone company, “they told me she hadn’t paid her bill in three months.” Finding other alarming evidence of memory gaps, she took her mother, Katie, to a memory clinic. A geriatrician there diagnosed…

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