Happy Thanksgiving!

Good morning. I don’t generally write to you on Thursdays, but I thought I’d make an exception today on account of how it’s Thanksgiving and some of you may be freaking out — all the cooking; all the people; all of [gestures] this. I’m here to tell you: Everything’s going to be all right. Is…

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The Rise of Psychedelic Retreats

Amanda Schendel, 39, opened The Buena Vida Psilocybin Retreats, a collective of roving five- and seven-day psychedelic retreats run from within luxury resorts in Mexico, in January 2019. The retreats include breath work, hypnosis and gourmet food; attendees are screened for cardiovascular and mental health fitness before attending. They shut down in March 2020, but…

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Thanksgiving, This Year vs. Last

Welcome. Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving, and whether you’re celebrating at home, away or not at all, it’s likely that this year’s holiday looks different from last year’s. The vaccine’s changed the options for many of us, opening up possibilities for family gatherings and Friendsgivings. As with everything these days, we’re figuring it out as we go, negotiating…

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In Buffalo, Waiting for the Canadians

“My friends with businesses are saying there’s no Americans,” Jim Diodati, the mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario, said earlier this month about his city, which in 2019 hosted 14 million visitors, about 3.5 million of them free-spending Americans. “It’s creeping back at a snail’s pace.” At the Shaw theater festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where 40 percent…

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