Teenage Angst, Revisited in Isolation

Image Meera Parat, Jacob Brian Wilson and Alex Rose in their childhood bedrooms. Those who moved back to their childhood bedrooms during quarantine are finding more than just N’Sync posters. By Taylor Trudon July 15, 2020 When Meera Parat decided to leave her one-bedroom apartment in Seattle and return to her childhood home in Palo…

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Tips on Buying Bulbs for Fall Planting

Shopping for flower bulbs: It’s one of the more joyful summertime garden chores, certainly better than dragging hoses and sprinklers around or keeping ahead of the most incorrigible weeds. Bulb catalogs and their corresponding websites have no shortage of enticing choices, and now is the time to order spring-flowering bulbs for fall planting — or…

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Yes, It’s Already Time to Buy Bulbs for Fall Planting

Shopping for flower bulbs: It’s one of the more joyful summertime garden chores, certainly better than dragging hoses and sprinklers around or keeping ahead of the most incorrigible weeds. Bulb catalogs and their corresponding websites have no shortage of enticing choices, and now is the time to order spring-flowering bulbs for fall planting — or…

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The Return of Jane Elliott

The day after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, the schoolteacher Jane Elliott scrapped her lesson plan — teaching her third graders the Sioux prayer about not judging another person until you have “walked a mile in his moccasins” — for an experiential learning exercise. She split the children at…

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Florida Breaks Its Record for Most Coronavirus Deaths in a Day

This briefing has ended. Read live coronavirus updates here. Here’s what you need to know: ImageCredit…Zack Wittman for The New York Times Florida breaks its record for most deaths in a day, and Texas and Arizona are readying refrigerated morgue trucks. After Florida reported a record 132 deaths on Tuesday, a group of mayors from…

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New Twists on Home-Sharing: 4 Airbnb Alternatives

In 2017, Victoria O’Connell rented her London apartment via a home-sharing site to a man who looted and wrecked the place during a party that drew the police. He disappeared, but left her a review on the platform, saying, “Great host.” The violation convinced her there had to be a more secure way to share…

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The Phantom Handbag

I feel it sometimes, like a phantom limb, banging against my side as I move around the house. I sense it nestled in the crook of my arm as I wander from room to room. It was the one-time receptacle of all I held immediately important: purse, receipts, identification, charger, books, tissues (fresh and used),…

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Living With Aphantasia, the Inability to Make Mental Images

When I was in elementary school, I occasionally had trouble falling asleep, and people would tell me to count sheep. I had seen the activity graphically depicted in cartoons, but when I tried it, I never saw anything — just black. I’ve been counting silently into the darkness for years. There were other puzzling comments…

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Gardening Made Me Happier. It Will Work for You Too.

When I’m angry — which is often these days — I pull weeds. Getting my hands in the dirt untangles the knots that form in my stomach. With the first few weeds, I feel my exasperation with those who refuse to wear masks relent. It takes a little more digging and pulling to address the…

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She Tested Negative for Lyme Disease. So What Was Wrong?

The 50-year-old physician dropped into the leather chair in her psychiatrist’s Manhattan office. Her new normal, she announced to Dr. Deborah Cabaniss, was constant fatigue. Cabaniss noted that although her patient looked put together as usual, she could see the exhaustion in her eyes. “You don’t look like yourself,” the therapist agreed. The patient had…

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