Remote Work Gave Us a Life Together. Now What?

Before the pandemic, I measured the distance between me and Matt in increments of travel. Fifteen hours by car from Ventura, Calif., to Santa Fe, N.M. If I flew, it was two hours in traffic to LAX, then a two-hour flight to Albuquerque and another hour on the shuttle bus to the adobe casita where […]

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Schools Reopen: Stories From Across Pandemic America

“They have to be extra careful with a lot of things,” she says after leaving him. “Hand sanitizer and everything — and not be too close with their friends or play like they used to before.” — Ivan Moreno Santa Monica, Calif. 8 a.m., Santa Monica High School A cheerleader approaches an entrance gate at […]

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Keep Keeping a Logbook

Welcome. I pruned the trailing jade plant yesterday, made a noodle kugel for Rosh Hashana and rode my bike into Manhattan for dinner. That was my logbook entry for Sept. 7, 2021. Nothing fancy, no editorializing or reflection, just a record of a few things I did. I log my day whenever I remember to […]

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Sometimes I Hate My Husband’s Peloton

“It’s right in my line of sight,” said Mr. Salser-Smith, 54. “Always. It’s just this thing sitting there, reminding me I’m fat.” While his husband uses it regularly, Mr. Salser-Smith has used the machine once. The marriage was already strained by constant togetherness, he said, and now his self-consciousness about his weight gain — and […]

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Welcome to ‘Healing Girl Summer’

Although the summer opened with promises, or threats — depending on your perspective — of a “hot girl summer” and a “hot vax summer,” the surge of the highly contagious Delta variant may have, at least for now, dashed hopes of a hedonistic few months. But there’s another group whose plans weren’t so contingent on […]

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Mourning Families Seek Solace From the ‘Grief Purgatory’ of Covid-19

“For us Native Americans, we need to be together, sharing food, stories, praying so our loved ones who are dead can reach the creator,” said Robert Gill, a funeral director from Buffalo, Minn., and a citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe. Mr. Gill said he preserved some bodies for months to give people a […]

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The Case for Scheduling Everything

Before the pandemic emptied offices and turned dining tables into desks, getting a midday haircut or heading out for 5 p.m. therapy could involve a bit of clandestine choreography: clearing one’s schedule of meetings, finding a friend to cover, then slipping out while the boss was away. That dance came to a halt in March […]

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It Took Me a Long Time to Come Out as a ‘Plushie’ Lover

Like all love, though, it is fraught. Once on a trip to the historic town of Hampi in southern India, I perched Nozy in between some temple sculptures, took a picture and wandered away. Hours later, on our way back to the car, we realized he was missing. Bishan, aghast, yelled at me as if […]

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How to Keep Children Safe Around Water and Prevent Drowning

As children get older, the patterns change, but drowning remains a major risk. And the most important messages for older children involve swimming lessons with water safety competence as an essential life skill to be taught to all children; there are notable disparities in access to swimming lessons, and drowning rates are higher in minority […]

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Día 10: ¡Date un respiro!

El desafío ¿Eres tan amable contigo mismo como lo eres con los demás? Tómate un descanso de autocompasión. Pregúntate: “¿Qué necesito ahora mismo?”. Luego, haz algo bueno para ti: date un paseo o un baño caliente. Llama a un amigo para que te apoye. Adopta este mantra: “voy a ser amable conmigo mismo. Me acepto […]

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So, You Want to Mingle Outdoors This Summer?

People who are vaccinated and have no underlying health conditions likely need not worry about visiting theme parks or attending a concert or baseball game in an undomed stadium, said Linsey Marr, an engineering professor at Virginia Tech with expertise in how viruses move in air. (Stadiums with domes or roofs can trap air, thus […]

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Pinwheel Activity

You don’t need to be an expert with a pastry bag to decorate a cake. Make these simple paper pinwheels using the newspaper you’re holding, and poke them into the top of your cake or cupcakes. Newsprint is the perfect lightweight paper to catch a breeze at your outdoor celebration and create some whirly magic. […]

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