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Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them.
Bob Ross appeared on public television for 11 years. In 381 episodes, he taught America how to make a painting. But when one of our colleagues decided he wanted to buy one of these paintings, a simple search yielded odd results. There were hundreds o
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He's Writing 365 Children's Books in 365 Days, While Holding Down a Day Job
(Profile) EAGLEHAWK NECK, Tasmania — By the time Matt Zurbo plopped on the couch to write his 282nd children’s book, he’d worked all day at an oyster farm, laughed with his daughter on the beach, gone for a swim in the frigid waves and cooked a veget
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A David Bowie Barbie: Mattel Unveils Ziggy Stardust Doll
On Thursday, the world learned that Barbie is a Bowie fan. With its release of a doll dressed as David Bowie’s glittering alter ego Ziggy Stardust, Mattel said it was celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Space Oddity,” released in 1969. The new Barbi
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How to Share a Screen With a Teenager: Your TV Questions Answered
A father asks: Why is finding a decent show to watch with my daughter so hard? Our TV critic offers suggestions to this and other reader questions.
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For Sibling Battles, Be a Sportscaster, Not a Referee
Narrate what’s happening. Repeat back what your kids say to you. Try to be neutral. Parents in my psychotherapy practice often ask how to make sibling conflict stop. Understandably, they want the bickering, teasing, aggression and cries of “no fair”
The New York Times7 min read
How to Disclose a Disability to Your Employer (and Whether You Should)
The invisible nature of my chronic illness protects me from a whole universe of discrimination and microaggressions, but it also insulates me from potential support. Of course, I acknowledge that my position is a privileged one. Some disabilities an
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In 'The Nickel Boys,' Colson Whitehead Continues to Make a Classic American Genre His Own
“The dirt looked wrong.” A college student noticed it first: a sunken patch in a field, near a shuttered juvenile reformatory school. When the scrub was cleared away, and the broken glass, those who were digging hit bone. The skeletons of more than 5
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Naomi Wolf's Book Is Sitting in Limbo
When Naomi Wolf appeared at the Strand in Manhattan last month to promote her new book, “Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love,” it might have seemed like your average book-tour event. There were several dozen people in folding c
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Why So Many of Us Don't Lose Weight When We Exercise
Most of us eat more when we exercise, and though it may be just a few extra bites a day, the result is weight gain. People hoping to lose weight with exercise often wind up being their own worst enemies, according to the latest, large-scale study of
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'We Cannot Save Everything': A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas
NEWPORT, R.I. — The Point, a waterfront neighborhood here, is one of the largest, best preserved and most important Colonial-era communities in the United States. Its grid of 18th-century streets contains scores of houses built before the American Re
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The Brains Behind Your Stomach's Drop
The first roller coaster Jim Seay rode was the wooden Cyclone at Coney Island when he was 9 or 10 years old. He admits being “pretty scared.” Today, Seay, 59, is behind award-winning, heart-in-throat thrill rides around the world. After graduating fr
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What to Expect When You're Expecting Evil
A few years ago, novelist Helen Phillips woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of her young daughter’s screams. She rushed to her bedside but was unable to calm her child, who was stuck in a nightmare, crying: “I want Mommy! I want Mommy!”
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What Do Teenagers Need? Ask the Family Dog
Pets provide comforts that seem tailor-made for the stresses of normal adolescent development. People of all ages become deeply connected to their pets, but in the lives of teenagers, animals often play a special role. Indeed, pets provide comforts t
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The Apps You Need to Travel Smarter in Asia
While WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in the world, three other mobile apps have come to dominate in Asia, thanks to the additional features they provide users. WeChat in China, Line in Thailand and KakaoTalk in South Korea combine messagi
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The Rich and Complicated History of 'God Bless America'
It was 1938, and Kate Smith was in the market for a new brand. She was several years into her singing career — a career that would span five decades and earn her a Presidential Medal of Freedom — and Smith’s manager, Ted Collins, wanted to change her
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Keanu Reeves Is Whatever You Want Him to Be
When Keanu Reeves walked onstage at a video game conference in Los Angeles in June, Peter Sarkisyan marveled at how the actor seemed to transcend his earthly form. Maybe it was Reeves’ lanky silhouette, shrouded in a cloud of smoke. Or, perhaps, it w
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'Fingerprinting' to Track Us Online Is on the Rise. Here's What to Do.
If there’s one lesson to learn about digital privacy, it’s that we can never grow complacent. Even if we secure our data so we are not tracked online, the ad tech industry will find ways to monitor our digital activities. And so it is with the rise o
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The Woman Who Sneaked Into George Washington's Army
PHILADELPHIA — Hers has always been one of the more astonishing, if little-known, tales of the American Revolution: a woman who stitched herself a uniform, posed as a man and served at least 17 months in an elite unit of the Continental Army. Wounded
The New York Times6 min read
No One Picks Up the Phone, but Are Online Polls the Answer?
The transition away from live interview telephone polling is well underway, and online polls now make up the principal source of data on national public opinion. But the alternatives to traditional polling are not fully mature, and the absence of a c
The New York Times4 min readFood & Wine
10 Ways to Lower the Cancer Risk of Grilling
If you plan to grill often experts suggest taking some small steps to make a big difference in lowering your exposure to compounds that are tied to cancer. Many people would be surprised to hear that grilling carries potential cancer risks. But each
The New York Times5 min read
Tricks to Wrangle the Best Hotel Rate
Like airline fares, hotel rates change as occupancy changes, rising as availability tightens. And as with airlines, there are better days to seek a deal, often Sundays, when leisure travelers check out, and Thursdays, when business travelers leave. G
The New York Times6 min readPsychology
Could Ancient Greek Philosophy Help You Work Smarter and Better?
Why is your colleague already on step five of a project when you’re contemplating how to approach step one? Or why is another co-worker never finished with anything and still another rapidly checking items off the to-do list? The answer may lie in a
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CORRECTION: Six Alternatives That Let You Avoid the Masses
Day-trippers, cruise ships, home-sharing, cheap airlines: They all contribute to tourism saturation in European hot spots. But there are quieter options, if you know where to look. Here are places that offer shelter from the crowds. Instead of Barce
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Here's Some Money Advice: Just Buy the Coffee
No, skipping your morning caffeine boost will not make you a millionaire. I’m calling it right now: This is the summer of bad personal finance advice. An industry of experts exists to advise us on how to spend our money. Some of those experts are t
The New York Times5 min read
How to, Maybe, Be Less Indecisive (or Not)
Should you order tacos or tikka masala? Stay at the hotel with the free breakfast or the one with all the succulents? Melt into the couch or drag yourself to happy hour? If you’re like me, even the simplest decisions can make your pulse race. And wh
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8 Podcasts for the Spiritual Searcher
Organized religion may be on the decline, with more Americans than ever identifying as atheist, agnostic or religiously unaffiliated. But spirituality’s grip is tenacious, with the search for meaning taking different paths. A growing number of Americ
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Slack Wants to Replace Email. Is That What We Want?
Slack is coming for your job. The workplace chat company, valued at more than $7 billion at the time of its last funding round, is going public this week. It claims to already have more than 10 million daily users and, in its listing prospectus, bill
The New York Times4 min read
An Idea for Hollywood Has Few Adopters
The term “inclusion rider” took Hollywood by storm after Frances McDormand introduced it in her 2018 Oscar acceptance speech. McDormand, the newly crowned best actress, had impeccable timing. The industry, brought low by #MeToo scandals, was scrambli
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How Libra Would Work for You
Facebook and a consortium of 27 partners on Tuesday unveiled Libra, a new cryptocurrency. Their goal? To create a new global money and the foundation for a fresh universe of financial services. That’s a grandiose vision, but what exactly will happen
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How to Organize Your Messy Contacts List
When was the last time you memorized a phone number? Thanks to smartphones and the internet, you can stuff hundreds of numbers and email and mailing addresses into your pocket without a second thought. But those contacts can get disorganized over tim
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