What to Know About Stuttering

For a couple of minutes on Thursday, the sprawling, virtual Democratic National Convention seemed to hold its collective breath as 13-year-old Brayden Harrington of Concord, N.H., addressed the nation from his bedroom, occasionally stumbling on his words. “I’m a regular kid,” he said into a home camera, and a recent meeting with the candidate “made…

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In Praise of the Simple Routine

Welcome. I’ve been measuring the progression of days by the ripeness of my neighbor’s tomatoes. They have a solitary Roma tomato plant on their patio whose fruits look perfect, plump and pale orange, not ready for plucking, but soon. In the absence of a lot of outside stimulus, the tiniest things take on meaning. Waving…

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The Simplest Noodles

Hello! And welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. I’ve always been the kind of person who likes to cook when things feel out of control. My mom died when I was quite young, and the kitchen was her place, so when she died, it became my place, where I escaped to — and still do, to…

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