How to Maintain Motivation in a Pandemic

Maintaining motivation is becoming an increasing challenge for many people slogging through life curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Initially facing weeks confined to our homes, we tackled, with some satisfaction, long-neglected chores like weaning closets of clothes that no longer fit our bodies or lifestyles, reorganizing drawers and emptying pantries and refrigerators of forgotten foodstuffs.…

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Illinois Threatens to Fine Defiant Businesses as Reopening Tensions Rise Nationally

Here’s what you need to know: Illinois makes it a misdemeanor for business owners who flout pandemic restrictions. ImageIn the face of increasing disregard of stay-at home-orders, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has increased the penalty for businesses that violate efforts to slow the rate of Covid-19 infections.Credit…Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press The owners of restaurants, bars and other…

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Shopping for Planters

Bringing greenery inside is important if you’re going to be spending a lot of time indoors. But don’t just focus on the plants. A well-designed container “allows you to curate your plant choices to create something that feels special and personal,” said Aaron Booher, a principal at Future Green Studio, a landscape design firm in…

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The Joy of Picking a Fight With Friends

ImageCredit…Illustration by Vincent Neuberg/The New York Times By Allison P. Davis In isolation, I’ve begun to recognize the entertainment value in making the biggest deal over the smallest thing. May 18, 2020 “Anyone for Zoom Uno?” I suggested to a group chat. “Maybe Friday night?” “I can’t, I have plans,” said Mel, with a vague…

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The Joy of Circling the Block

ImageCredit…Illustration by Vincent Neuberg/The New York Times By Jane Hu It’s a rediscovery of aimless ambling, but also a late-breaking innovation of movement in lives suddenly devoid of trips or errands. May 18, 2020 “Circling the block”— a phrase typically reserved for vehicles in search of a parking spot, now something done more on foot…

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The Joy of the Hate-Watch

ImageCredit…Illustration by Eden Weingart By Sarah Miller I knew I would hate ‘The Princess Bride.’ What a delight to confirm not just my hunch, but that I know myself so well. May 18, 2020 “The Princess Bride” debuted on my 18th birthday — Sept. 25, 1987 — but did not find its way onto my…

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The Joy of Jogging Very, Very Slowly

ImageCredit…Illustration by Kaisha Murzamadiyeva/The New York Times It’s a great day for the race. The human race. At a contemplative pace. May 18, 2020 We were knee-deep in quarantine and the television was on. “Andrew Cuomo is talking about running!” I shrieked excitedly to my husband. “Running for president?” No. Known for his enjoyment of…

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