A Leap Into Their First Marriage

Before Rebecca Pomeroy McIntyre and David John Corrsin got married on Feb. 29, they came up with a couple of quips about why they chose leap day. Mr. Corrsin joked that he likes the idea of having to remember his anniversary only every four years. Ms. McIntyre declared that marriage is a leap of faith,…

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Behind the ‘Love Is Blind’ Wall

It’s hard to win over fans on a romantic reality show. But Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton did. Ms. Speed, 34, a content creator, and Mr. Hamilton, 29, an A.I. consultant, met on “Love is Blind.” The premise of the Netflix show is to allow singles to, well, mingle while they sit in pods, talking…

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One Last Hurrah?

Could it be the last gala of the month? Possibly longer? On March 9, a few days before New York State banned most gatherings of more than 500 people because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Art Production Fund held its 10th annual gala at the Seagram Building. The fund, which commissions public art projects, honored…

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Five Places to Visit in Raleigh, N.C., With a Local Chef and Musician

The recent revival of downtown Raleigh hasn’t garnered as much attention as that of neighboring Durham. But North Carolina’s capital, with its inviting new train station, restored warehouses and celebrated food scene, is no less impressive. “It’s a place that is so surprisingly and unboisterously diverse,” said Cheetie Kumar, a local chef and rock guitarist…

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San Francisco’s Arty Past Still Makes Some Noise

SAN FRANCISCO — Audium, a 49-seat theater that is enclosed by 176 speakers, is a vestige of oddball experimentation in a rapidly gentrifying city. Stan Shaff, 91, who began his experiment six decades ago, just a few years before the Summer of Love, describes it as a “sound sculpture.” Mr. Shaff was inspired to create…

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How a Harlem Chef Spends His Sundays

Alexander Smalls, who introduced New Yorkers to Afro-Asian-American cuisine when he opened the Cecil in 2013, has always loved Sunday. “I give myself permission to do anything and everything and nothing,” he said. Cooking is a second act for Mr. Smalls. Before he opened Café Beulah, his first restaurant, which featured South Carolina Lowcountry fare,…

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High Blood Pressure in Young Adulthood May Be Bad for Your Brain

The cumulative effect of high blood pressure from young adulthood to middle age is associated with poorer mental function at age 50, a new study concludes. For their analysis, published in Circulation, researchers looked at 191 generally healthy men and women ages 18 to 30 who were participating in a larger health study. Over the…

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How to Give Bad News

I know bad news is coming my way when my oncologist walks into the exam room with a nurse. It doesn’t matter that he introduces her as a new nurse getting to know the system. In my more than six years of seeing my oncologist for metastatic colon cancer, he has never come in accompanied.…

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The Gift of Silence, When There Are No Words

My in-laws were visiting the day I found my sister Gretchen dead of an overdose. They didn’t know what to do. Provide comfort? Space? Just go on like normal, I said. Our town in upstate New York, about five hours from their Brooklyn home, offered suburban experiences that easily kept them entertained. A simple circuit…

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