Jill Biden Is Not Melania Trump

She will not use fashion as a shield against the world. She will not gird herself in glamour, or arm herself with gilded European brand names. She is certainly not a trophy sitting on a shelf. As the Democratic Party’s experiment in remote conventioning continued with Day 2 on Tuesday, Dr. Jill Biden brought the…

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The Late-Summer Lure of Asters and Goldenrods

“Move the needle away from just pretty, to pretty and ecologically functional.” That’s year-round gardening advice from Ulrich Lorimer, the director of horticulture at Native Plant Trust, America’s oldest plant-conservation organization, formerly known as the New England Wild Flower Society. Mr. Lorimer’s advice is particularly relevant at the moment, as we head into late summer…

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Is Resilience Overrated?

This article is part of a series on resilience in troubled times — what we can learn about it from history and personal experiences. Friends, I’m afraid I’m not going to make it when the end times come. I’ve made a list of my skills, and “tough” and “capable” aren’t words that spring to mind.…

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Want to Make It Big in Fashion? Think Small

SAN FRANCISCO — Is this a good time to talk about “enoughness?” It was in long-ago 1973 that the economist E.F. Schumacher first published “Small Is Beautiful,” a seminal (and, to the surprise of some, best-selling) collection of essays critiquing Western economics. Mr. Schumacher was among the first to champion sustainability, localization, small-scale industry and…

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