The Olive Garden Is Open, but Marilyn Hagerty Isn’t Eating There

North Dakota’s most famous restaurant critic has been eating at home lately. It’s not that there’s nowhere to go in and around Grand Forks, where she lives and writes. Her governor, Doug Burgum, has allowed restaurants and bars to stay open even though the state has had the third-highest death rate from Covid-19 over the…

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How to Talk to Kids About Porn

The models are hired to perform, so it is possible that it’s contractual, not consensual. There’s nothing private about it. Privacy is a healthy component of a sexual relationship. What you’re seeing is not realistic on many levels. For example, a 10-minute sex scene may take hours to make. Actors often use erectile enhancers to…

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Dionne Warwick Has Entered the Chat

Dionne Warwick has had a Twitter account for years, but recently her followers thought she might have been hacked. Ms. Warwick, 79, like so many of us, has been cooped up in her house for much of this year and spending a lot of her time online. In tweet after tweet, her brazen and elegant…

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The New Abortion Rights Advocates Are on TikTok

In a TikTok filmed in August outside of a women’s health center in Charlotte, N.C., the uncensored version of the mid-1990s novelty rap song “Short, Short Man,” by Gillette blares: “Eenie weenie teenie weenie shriveled little short, short man.” The camera is focused on a middle-aged white man in sunglasses, who is holding a poster…

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How Do I Tell My Relatives to Stop Buying Me Christmas Gifts?

How can I ask my brother and sister-in-law not to give me a gift for Christmas? She does the shopping for their family, and while I know it’s the thought that counts, her presents are never to my taste or things I can use. (Some also appear to be regifts.) So, I donate them to…

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The Newest Challenge for Europe’s Parks: A Surge of New Nature Lovers

“We have more than doubled the amount of fines this year compared to other years,” said Sonja Wipf, the Head of Research and Monitoring at the Swiss National Park, who noted that the fines were primarily for bringing a dog into the park, leaving marked trails and disturbing wildlife with loud noise or unruly behavior,…

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Becerra Supports ‘Medicare for All,’ and Could Help States Get There

Xavier Becerra has long supported moving the United States to a “Medicare for all” system. As President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to run Health and Human Services, he may have opportunities to speed up such a transition. The Health and Human Services secretary oversees an array of waivers that states can use to cover new groups…

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Remote School as the Gateway Drug to Social Media

Instead, Dr. Shapiro suggested, parents can incorporate digital play as part of family time, and “interact with your kids, get involved with your kids — especially when they’re little.” At this critical time (typically before the age of 12), kids yearn for conversations with their parents — whether it’s about the latest YouTube video they’ve…

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We Know How to Curb the Pandemic. How Do We Make People Listen?

At this point, we have all the scientific information we need in order to prevent the surgings of the coronavirus: Avoid gathering indoors with people from outside your household, keep physically apart from others, wear a mask, wash your hands often. Among those who can follow these precautions — a lot of people, as policymakers…

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