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I read an article about how couplehood and the attendant touching, not necessarily sexy, increases good health and longevity. I’m single and on the dark side of sixty. I’m fine living alone, it’s fine, but when Trump got elected, for example, I had no one to gather me up and curl around me to protect me from everything incoming, nukes included. In a less grim example, I’m on a regular schedule of imaging tests for cancer, and I have friends, I have daughters, but reaching...
  “Great injury was done after the engine ran up the platform. The brickwork was swept away, and a large portion of a wall was thrown down; in fact, one carriage was thrown completely through the platform wall by the violence with which it was hurled over the line.” - The Era, 26 February 1860. On 20 February 1860, at seven o’clock in the morning, a passenger train belonging to the Eastern Counties Railway left Cambridge heading for Tottenham station in London. The train was quite full and,...
Last week, in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Solange deleted her Twitter account after sending a powerful message about white supremacy. Her last tweet reads: “Deleting my twitter soon, but before I dip when we gonna pull up? And what we got to do to get my new hero Takiyah Thompson free?” Takiyah Thompson is a 22-year-old college student arrested for helping pull down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina during an anti-racist rally in solidarity with Charlottesville. White supremacists held a violent “Unite...
Though I live for soup, I don’t like waiting for stuff to simmer. But now, the wait is over, thanks to The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 ($99.99, target.com), a gadget that’s been all over the internet, and for good reason. This 7-in-1 appliance (pressure/slow/rice cooker, steamer, sauté/browner, yogurt maker, and warmer) is a game changer. It has multiple presets — including one for soup — and there are a ton of recipes online to help newbies get used to this new cooking gizmo. Toss in spaghetti...
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that there is a total solar eclipse happening on August 21st. Everyone and their mother is freaking out, and rightfully so, because it’s kind of a big deal. The thing is, total solar eclipses themselves aren’t actually a rare occurrence. According to Space.com, there is a solar eclipse visible from somewhere on Earth approximately once every 18 months. So why is this so exciting? This will be the first solar eclipse that is visible to all...
You take it for granted. Knowing where you came from, how you came to be in the world, where you got that laugh or why your legs are so hairy. Maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for me and lots of other adoptees, not knowing who and where you came from is a phantom limb that aches. You want a backstory to help you move forward. See, stories matter. Each of us, we’re all stories. The stories we take to heart often become...
  "If this sort of thing keeps growing, it won’t be long before we shall hear of dog undertakers, and perhaps marble cutters who devote their time and talent to the construction of monuments to pet dogs. There is no calculating the extent to which infectious folly will go.” — The Saint Paul Globe, 25 November 1888. Of all the animals buried and mourned in the Victorian era, it was dogs who received the lion’s share of the funerary honors. The Hyde Park Dog Cemetery opened in London...
Last night in Durham, North Carolina, a crowd tore down a statue of a Confederate soldier that stood in front of a county administrative building as part of a rally to combat white supremacy and support Charlottesville, Virginia after it was attacked for planning to remove another Confederate statue. Protesters chanted, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” as they toppled the statue. As the crowd cheered, some kicked the statue. Via the Washington Post, the state’s governor objected to the removal of the statue, saying,...
Hummus was one of the first dishes I learned how to make early on in my catering career. I thought it was pretty darn great, until I hired an Israeli chef, and found out that I had a lot to learn. Like the fact that adding a pinch of baking soda to the chickpea cooking water helps keep farting to a minimum. And that beating the tahini with a fork makes for an extra-creamy result. Later, I went to Israel and found entire restaurants dedicated to...
This weekend, Charlottesville, Virginia erupted in white supremacists protesting over the proposed removal of a controversial statue of Robert E. Lee, a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The protest was planned months ago when the removal plans were announced, and the city braced itself for the “Unite the Right” protests from white supremacists. On Friday, hundreds of white nationalists marched and chanted racial slurs. The crowds were met with counter-protests, and the situation quickly turned violent. The Governor of Virginia, Terry...