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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This ‘Hospital Needs to Be Quarantined,’ but This Country Is at War

Now, about 70 doctors and nurses out of a staff of 361 at Kunduz Regional Hospital — the main health facility for several restive provinces in northeastern Afghanistan — are either infected with the coronavirus or in quarantine on suspicion of infection. But there is no choice but to keep the doors open, said Dr.…

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Garden Flowers: Not Too Late for Annuals

My farmer-florist neighbor Jennifer Elliott’s 15-acre organic operation in the Hudson Valley is like a giant cutting garden from April to November. So it was to Ms. Elliott and another flower-focused friend that I turned for a strategy in a year when having some version of what she has, at least in miniature — the…

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It’s Not Too Late for a Flower Garden

My farmer-florist neighbor Jennifer Elliott’s 15-acre organic operation in the Hudson Valley is like a giant cutting garden from April to November. So it was to Ms. Elliott and another flower-focused friend that I turned for a strategy in a year when having some version of what she has, at least in miniature — the…

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Street Art Confronts the Pandemic

Street art is the ultimate visual source of social commentary and the pandemic has lit a fire under the feet of muralists around the world. “Soap Bear,” by the San Francisco-based artist Fnnch.Credit… Andrew Rettman “Hippie Bear,” also by Fnnch.Credit… Andrew Rettman Some works are humorous, even playful, like those done by the San Francisco-based…

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3 Africans in Mexico City Grave Tell Stories of Slavery’s Toll

The three skulls were unlike hundreds of others in the 16th-century mass grave uncovered at the San José de los Naturales Royal Hospital in Mexico City. Their front teeth were filed decoratively, perhaps as a ritual custom, unlike those of “los naturales,” the Indigenous people who made up the majority of bodies at the colonial…

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Find a Vaccine. Next: Produce 300 Million Vials of It.

In the midst of national shortages of testing swabs and protective gear, some medical suppliers and health policy experts are looking ahead to another extraordinary demand on manufacturing: Delivering a vaccine that could potentially end the pandemic. Making a vaccine is not easy. More than two dozen companies have announced programs to develop a vaccine…

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Bored at Work? The Solution Involves a Small Orange Man

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. The following questions were submitted before the global health crisis — and yet the advice remains the same. Cherish Your Administrative Professionals The firm for which I work…

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A Significant, Yet Ordinary, Sunday in Chicago

By Claire Zulkey Marielle Sophia Newman and Jason Leverett had originally planned on having their March 29 wedding and reception at Schubas Tavern in Chicago, a live-music spot in the couple’s Lakeview neighborhood. “We can walk to our wedding,” said Ms. Newman, 37, a manuscript editor at the Journal of the American Medical Association, explaining…

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