11 Great Alternatives to the Top National Parks

The glories of the national park system draw hundreds of millions of visitors each year, even in normal times. But in this upside-down year, with the pandemic still limiting much travel in and outside the United States, it’s likely that the National Park Service’s 419 sites, 62 with a “national park” designation, will attract even…

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For the Deaf, Social Distancing Can Mean Social Isolation

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Ashlea Hayes, who is deaf and blind and who works as the secretary of National Black Deaf Advocates, has become much more cautious. She lives in Compton, Calif., where she usually does most of her food shopping herself, but lately she has become more reliant on delivery services. “The grocery…

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White Person to White Person? You’re Doing It Wrong

I ran into a friend in the lobby of our building. (I thought we were friends, anyway.) She is black; I am white. And protests over racist policing have been raging in our city. First, I made sure her teenage son was safe. I was worried after seeing news reports. (He’s fine.) Then I told…

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Have a Teenager Joining a Protest? Talk About Safety First

When Sandy Asirvatham’s 17-year-old son, Miles Donovan, expressed interest in attending a protest this week near their downtown Baltimore home, she appreciated that he wanted to demonstrate solidarity with those who are outraged over the death of George Floyd. But just hours before it started, she began to worry. “I started fearing overzealous policing in…

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When She Hears a Crying Bride, ‘It’s All Over’

Earlier this spring, Teresa Clayton’s husband got nervous every time the phone rang. “He said, ‘The second you hear a crying bride, it’s all over,’” said Ms. Clayton, an owner, along with her husband Steve, of Glencliff Manor, a 50-acre wedding venue in Rustburg, Va. “And he’s right.” Ms. Clayton’s weakness for brides’ stories about…

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Finding Treasure in the Attic

When John Weiss, 38, left New York City in March to ride out the coronavirus at his childhood home in Stamford, Conn., he knew it would be an opportunity for some quality family time. His father, Steven, a 76-year-old real estate lawyer, saw it as a way to finally get some help cleaning out the…

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Airlines Say Everybody Onboard Must Wear a Mask. So Why Aren’t They?

As airlines try to convince Americans to fly again, they have touted their policies for keeping passengers safe, including the requirement that everyone onboard a plane wear a mask. But travelers on recent flights said the rules are not being enforced. And flight attendants said they have been told not to confront passengers who opt…

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How to Hug During a Pandemic

A Canadian woman was so desperate to hug her mother during quarantine that she created a “hug glove” using a clear tarp with sleeves so the women could hug through the plastic. A video of two young cousins in Kentucky hugging and weeping after weeks apart in quarantine was shared thousands of times. “We did…

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‘His Body Doesn’t Belong to Me’

When my boyfriend walks through the door of our apartment every night, he strips. While I’m still on a Google Hangout with my colleagues, there he is — all of him — in our kitchen, hanging out. It would be pretty funny, or pretty sexy, if it weren’t 2020, and if he weren’t a new…

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This Is Not the End of Fashion

Image History and human nature prove we will dress up again. What that looks like is the real question. June 4, 2020 Top, from left: the Dior New Look from 1947; hemlines and cloches from the flapper era. Bottom: the Yves Saint Laurent Ballets Russes collection of 1976.Credit…Getty Images; Shutterstock It is a truth that…

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