The Omicron Variant Is Creating a Lot of Anxiety

Bret: Fair point. But I’d still like to live in cities where people don’t feel free to smoke meth pipes next to Macy’s in broad daylight, homeless encampments don’t spring up beneath highway overpass...

How to Enjoy the Moment

On New Year’s Eves when I was in my late 20s, I would ask my friends to reflect on our best days of the year, the times when we had the most fun, felt the most grateful or were happiest. Sometimes th...

How I Got Through the Grief of Losing My Mother

After the awkwardness of taking my long-neglected bike in for a tune-up (“I love working on these vintage bikes!” the technician said), I started riding with the club last winter, layering thermal sh...

The Holiday Shopping Season Is Here, but Is It Back?

The pandemic is not over but with the help of vaccinations and Covid-19 safety precautions, Santa Claus is feeling much better about coming to town this year. Stephen Arnold, president of the Interna...

Self Sufficiency Is Overrated

My mother’s larger support system had kicked in by then. One of her closest friends from childhood had arrived to relieve us, and another was clamoring to swap in. We were glad. I was exhausted. Beco...

The Best Tech Gifts That Aren’t Gadgets

My favorite holiday tech gift doesn’t require batteries or software updates. It’s not even a gadget, though it was made with technology. Can you guess what it is? A few years ago, my wife experimente...