Wrong Places at the Right Time

If there hadn’t been two Dunkin’ stores on the same road in East Hartford, Conn., then maybe the Rev. Lydia Wittman and Rafi Ziauddin wouldn’t have ended up at different doughnut shops for their first date in 2014. And they wouldn’t have missed the beginning of the University of Connecticut football game or the tailgate…

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A Romance Blooms in Nebraska

Robert Voelte and Ian Rose call themselves an intergenerational, intercultural, interracial gay couple standing in the center of a blue dot in the middle of a red state. That state is Nebraska, where they met in August 2008 on Mr. Rose’s first day as a vocal music teacher at the Omaha elementary school where Mr.…

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A Page-Turner of a Proposal

After three dates with Philip Stiller, Kerry Ederer knew her search, virtual or otherwise, was over. Ms. Ederer, 35, a morning news anchor for “Good Day Wake Up,” on Fox 5 News in New York, said she stayed awake many nights “virtually looking everywhere in search of my Prince Charming.” In March 2019, she found…

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A Rockaway Life

The first morning that I woke up in Rockaway Beach after moving from Brooklyn eight years ago, I walked barefoot with my coffee to the boardwalk just because I could. It was April and my feet were stinging from the cold by the time I got there, but the smell of salt air, the warmth…

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