I’m Getting Married, Mom. Please Cry.

We primped and polished ourselves all afternoon in the fanciest hotel suite I had ever been in, paid for with the money my mother made selling her business, the business she had spent my entire adolescence building — almost in secret, it felt, since she never missed a single minor or major milestone in my […]

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How Do We Tell Our Kids Why Their Uncle Is in Prison?

My brother-in-law, who lives out of state, was recently convicted of a serious violent crime and sentenced to life in prison. My wife and her parents have been understandably distraught about this. They have frequent video calls with him, and they often talk about “when he comes home.” My issue: We have two young children, […]

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Why Are Men More Likely to Die of Covid? It’s Complicated.

“You can have states right next door to each other, like Connecticut and New York, that have a totally different pattern but yet experienced the same wave,” Dr. Richardson said. Cumulatively over 55 weeks, mortality rates were slightly higher for women in two states, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In nine states, including Connecticut, the rates […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘Be Grateful We Have Different Last Names’

What’s in a Name? When I was a newlywed nearly 30 years ago, my mother-in-law would introduce me as “Debby, Dave’s wife; she didn’t take his name.” It was true, but it rankled me because she was otherwise very gracious and accepting. So I made light of it. “You should be grateful we have different […]

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Why a Stranded Barge Has Become a Popular Vancouver Photo Spot

Every local media outlet has latched onto the barge story line. In December, requests on social media were made to decorate the barge with Christmas lights (it didn’t happen). Memes, like the barge photoshopped as Vancouver’s next luxury condo building — a dig at the city’s notoriously unaffordable housing market, are mass circulated on social […]

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The C.D.C.’s New Challenge? Grappling With Imperfect Science

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was long revered for its methodical and meticulous scientific approach. Agencies in other nations modeled themselves after the world’s most highly regarded public health authority, even adopting the name. At the outset of the pandemic, the C.D.C. moved at its accustomed pace. But this time, with a novel […]

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My Daughter’s Married Boyfriend Shouldn’t Join Us on Vacation, Right?

My 30-year-old daughter is in a polyamorous relationship with a married man. She brought him home for the holidays, and while he was charming, I felt uncomfortable. (This may have been triggered by my husband’s infidelity that led to our divorce.) Now, my daughter tells me she would like to bring this man on our […]

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Choosing a Word of the Year: Top Themes of 2022

Resilience, acceptance and hope. Many of the words reflected a desire to recover from difficult times, including adapt, intention, accept, commit, embrace, immerse, purpose, hopeful, consistency and optimism. Some of you are cheering. Joyful words were popular, including cheer, delicious, delight, cartwheel, enjoy, enthusiasm, exuberance, ebullient, fun, gladden, happiness, harmony, laugh, joy, laughter, passion, playful, […]

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Our Kinder, Gentler, Nobody-Moves-Out Divorce

Of course, there are romantic costs on both sides. This is dating when your ex-husband shares a two-family home with you: A man comes over, leans in for a first kiss, and hears your son pit-patting in the apartment above. He tries to ignore it, but he can’t help but think, “The father of her […]

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For Coronavirus Testing, the Nose May Not Always Be Best

The complications Saliva also has trade-offs. While the virus appears to build up in saliva early, the nose may be a better place to detect it later in the course of infection. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology found that while the virus often spiked first in saliva, it ultimately rose to higher levels […]

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Last word with… Millie Bright

The England and Chelsea footballer on Indian takeaways, walking her dogs, and always giving it 100% England and Chelsea football star Millie Bright What did you do in your last workout? I was actually playing yesterday at the Emirates Stadium! The day before, we trained on the pitch, and did a power primer, which are […]

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More Young Kids Are Getting Sick From Cannabis Edibles

“The children I’ve cared for and heard about at our hospital all recovered,” said Dr. Lois Lee, an associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. “But some had to be hospitalized for treatment and monitoring. And others were in the emergency department for hours, while their parents waited for them to […]

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