Finding Solace During This Great Global Pause

Is it OK to admit that I’m grateful for the isolation of the past few months? Because I am. I’m relishing this liminal space, this Great Global Pause. I’ve been in mourning since last August when my adored doorman, Dave Burton, who always helped me zip up my dresses, died of prostate cancer. Nearly two…

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Stick and Poke Tattoos for the Quarantined

Shaved heads, dyed hair, billowing beards: Many are using their newly found free time to alter their appearances. For some, those changes may be permanent. Stick-and-poke tattooing, which involves repeatedly pricking the skin, is proliferating among those at home, healthy and unhindered during quarantine. Reddit’s r/quarantattoo thread is filled with guidance; a post on the…

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Resort Towns Ask: Will There Be Summer?

In summer resort towns across the United States, livelihoods for the year are built in the 15 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It is during those 15 weeks that tourists from around the country and the world arrive to bask on the beach and gather for festivals and weddings. And it is during…

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Huge Families Have Small Weddings in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Michael Cicoria is not the type to automatically pull out chairs and hold doors. But he will admit that when it comes to chivalry, he has his moments. In the summer of 2013, while he was attending Drexel University, he was at a birthday party off campus in Philadelphia when he saw a fellow student,…

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How (and Why) to Use Native Plants

In recent years, the demand for pollinator plants has surged. But most of us don’t have room for a meadow. So where do these native plants fit in your garden, which may not be that big and is probably not very wild-looking? And how do you find plants that are native to your particular location,…

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No Pomp and Circumstance? No Problem

The day the governor of Rhode Island announced that schools would remain closed for the rest of the school year, Dan Freedman rallied his high school classmates to gather for an impromptu car parade on campus. Their prom and graduation may not happen, but the Cumberland High School class of 2020 would have its honk…

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9 Top (and Stubborn) Design Trends

Being confined to my home for the last two months has led me to think deeply about subway tile. It neatly covers my kitchen backsplash, and very possibly yours, but do its origins really lie in the subways? Why would that environment be anyone’s inspiration? And why is it so crazily popular now? Which leads…

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Hospitals Knew How to Make Money. Then Coronavirus Happened.

When the top-ranked Mayo Clinic stopped all nonemergency medical care in late March, it began to lose millions of dollars a day. The clinic, a Minnesota-based hospital system accustomed to treating American presidents and foreign dignitaries, saw revenue plummet as it postponed lucrative surgeries to make way for coronavirus victims. The hospital network produced $1…

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Young Adults Take Refuge in Parents’ Empty Nests

Andrea Yoch loves her adult sons, but would also love to not live with them. This is especially true in the 2,200-square-foot rental in St. Paul, Minn., where she and her husband moved after the boys left their childhood home (a 5,000-square-foot property with a pool). But now Ben, 20, and Ryan, 23, are crammed…

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Quarantined Teens in Love and Apart

Gabby Rodriguez and Kai Laidhold ask to see each other every day. The answer from their parents is always the same: No. It has been more than a month since they hung out, and at 15, neither has a license yet. They used to rely on their families for rides to each other’s houses in…

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