Learn to Play Bridge

Bridge will reward you early on — but the first few hours are utterly disorienting. Using a combination of apps, books and computer players who won’t berate you for mistakes is the easiest way to power through that vicious learning curve into the fun part. There are three hilariously complex things to learn about bridge:…

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7 Savory Pancakes for Any Time of Day

Simple to assemble, savory pancakes are a universal comfort food. Their versatility is indicated by the many variations served around the world: Turkish zucchini pancakes, Korean vegetable pajeon and Japanese okonomiyaki. Fluffy and light or crisp and pan-fried, savory pancakes are a natural vehicle for using up leftovers or pantry ingredients. This pancake mix uses…

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The ‘Credibility Bookcase’ Is the Quarantine’s Hottest Accessory

Imagine that you are a member of the expert class — the kind of person invited to pontificate on television news programs. Under normal circumstances, your expertise might be signaled to the public by a gaudy photograph of skyscrapers superimposed behind your head. But now the formalities of the broadcast studio are a distant memory,…

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6 Gifts Your Dad Will Actually Get Excited About This Father’s Day

Dads can be tough to shop for, so we often end up circling back to the same basic, boring Father’s Day gifts. This year, beam internally as you watch him unwrap something he genuinely won’t be expecting instead. Surprise him by creatively tailoring your gift to his interests: a pasta maker so he can make…

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Introducing Rhubarb Bars, Lemon Bars’ Pinker Cousins

Is it me, or have rhubarb desserts gotten pinker and more vivid in the last few years? A decade or so ago, they weren’t always the most attractive confections, at least not the ones I baked. The majority of stalks I found were green, not red. And even those blushed with pink turned sort of…

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Louis Vuitton Launches Customizable E-Cards to Help Celebrate Mother’s Day Virtually

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide shelter-at-home orders, many will be celebrating Mother’s Day apart from their loved ones. Louis Vuitton is stepping up to bolster virtual celebrations with the launch of customizable Mother’s Day e-cards, complete with limited-edition patches. No purchase is required to send the digital cards. Mother’s Day is just around the…

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Sheltering in Place in an R.V. Is Not as Fun as It Sounds

In the six years since they decided to sell their house and move into a 40-foot motor home, Julie and Marc Bennett have crisscrossed the country and become masters of the R.V. lifestyle — all while “still working and saving for retirement,” as they note on their website, RVlove.com. They even wrote a book, “Living…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: More than Half of U.S. States Move to Reopen Businesses

Here’s what you need to know: ImageBrooklyn on Wednesday. As jobless claims soared yet again this week, states are under tremendous pressure to reopen their economies.Credit…Juan Arredondo for The New York Times Governors wrestle with how to reopen and face new challenges to their authority. The sweeping orders that kept roughly nine out of 10 Americans…

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Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, World Cities Rethink Labor Day Protests: Live Coverage

Here’s what you need to know: ImageLabor Day protesters observed social distancing rules in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on Friday.Credit…Aris Messinis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Labor Day demonstrations are reimagined in cities under lockdown. May 1 is traditionally marked by demonstrations the world over, as employees turn out in force to commemorate…

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Making Space in Marriage, Even as the Walls Close In

It was a week before our 25th anniversary, and I wanted out. John and I were sitting in a tent pavilion as women in tiny thongs, platform boots and pasties snaked past us in a line for free ice cream, their behinds nearly grazing our noses. I glanced at my husband. He looked on affably,…

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