What to Do This Weekend

Welcome. I’ve had a lot of conversations recently about how difficult it can be to articulate precisely what one is feeling these days. The headlines tell us what is happening, but they don’t always touch on what is happening with us. Us, existing — we know, we know — in times unprecedented and extraordinary. We’re…

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Chocolate Pudding Is the Answer

Good morning. How are you? There’s a lot of anger circulating these days, pandemic-weary annoyance, medium-grade depression. I think it’s more important than ever that we try to believe that people are operating mostly from a position of good faith rather than bad, and to respond to the stimuli the pandemic offers us accordingly. If…

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House Hunting in Switzerland: A 17th-Century Farm With Bauhaus Updates

Three Historic Houses Outside Zurich $10.6 MILLION (9.5 MILLION SWISS FRANCS) This 17th-century viticultural farmstead, comprising three renovated timber-frame buildings with lake views, sits on two-thirds of an acre in the town of Wädenswil, about 15 miles south of Zurich, in north-central Switzerland. Listed as a protected historical monument, the winemaking estate — including a…

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The Smart Way to Grow Roses

Roses have a reputation for being difficult to grow and disease-prone. But who’s really to blame? We are, said Peter E. Kukielski, a rosarian and the author of “Rosa: The Story of the Rose,” a new book about the flower’s place in human cultural history. After the genus Rosa had survived some 35 million years…

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How to Buy a Real N95 Mask Online

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, buying a heavy-duty medical mask online remains downright maddening. The most coveted mask to keep safe against Covid-19 has been the N95, the gold standard for pandemic protection because of its tight fit and 95 percent efficiency in filtering airborne particles. Then there’s the KN95 from China, a mask…

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