7 Wonderful Non-Covid Things We Learned in 2020

What a year! Yes, it was terrible and awful and no one felt good about it, but on the other hand, time is a human invention and everything bad about 2020 will continue straight into 2021, because the end-and-begin points of a new year are arbitrary and meaningless. So, um, happy New Year? 😅 But…

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4 Ways to Ring in the New Year at Home

Few will miss saying goodbye to 2020, though most people will be celebrating the start of a new, and hopefully, a better year in a more subdued way because of the coronavirus pandemic. Your homebound New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day can still be romantic, nostalgic, and filled with traditions — old and new.…

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New Year, Same Quarantine

Take control. If you feel as if you’re a hostage to the pandemic, well, that’s because it does have one thing in common with actually being held captive. It presents a fundamentally uncertain fate, said Emma Kavanagh, a former police and military psychologist in South Wales who has taught about the psychology of hostage negotiation.…

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New Year’s Eve at Home

Along with so many things, the pandemic has dashed many of go-to New Year’s traditions — no raging clubs, no in-person ball drop, no kissing strangers at midnight, not even the annual party that you begrudgingly went to year after year. But before you ditch the night completely and climb into bed at 11, here’s…

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New Year’s Eve Playlist From Around the World

Around the world, New Year’s Eve is going to look very different this year, but the applause and cheers at midnight might have a level of catharsis not seen for awhile. People will certainly be celebrating 2020’s passing. And these celebrations, whether with a small group of friends, household members only or solo, need a…

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Turn Your Sex Life Around

“When we study people who have great sex over the long-term in a relationship, they do not describe spontaneous desire as a characteristic,” she said. So what do they describe? When the clinical psychologists Peggy Kleinplatz and A. Dana Menard conducted a study for their book “Magnificent Sex: Lessons from Extraordinary Lovers,” they found that…

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Recipes for Hot Cocktails

There’s nothing like sitting bundled up outdoors around a firepit, or even indoors to escape the chill, with a hot drink to warm the hands, body and mood. Like a Southside in summer, warm cocktails and other drinks want winter. There are classics, like glühwein, Irish coffee and Tom and Jerry, or you can always…

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Play These Games Digitally

At their best, good video calls are a mediocre substitute for real interaction. And when they’re bad? They can be really bad. If your Thanksgiving family Zoom devolved into melting down toddlers and bored teenagers, maybe it’s time to consider adding a little friendly competition to the mix. Online games allow those near and far…

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Michael Alig, Club Kid Who Served Prison Time for Manslaughter, Is Dead

Michael Alig, a longstanding tabloid fixture of New York City and a notorious promoter of its nightlife, died on Friday at his apartment in Washington Heights. He was 54. The New York Police Department confirmed his death on Saturday. The city medical examiner’s office said the cause of death was pending further investigation. Mr. Alig…

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Brazil Is Famous for Its Meat. But Vegetarianism Is Soaring.

RIO DE JANEIRO — After years of whipping up large vegan meals for an ashram in the mountains outside Rio de Janeiro, Luiza de Marilac Tavares found her life upended, and herself out of a job, when the pandemic forced the center to shut down. She started cooking from home, hoping to make ends meet…

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