Life

ibuprofen

Is it dangerous to take ibuprofen?

April 14, 2020 9:28 am

There is some suggestion that the anti-inflammatory properties of ibuprofen may — in some people — affect the immune system

press

Trump should shut down his press conferences, now

April 14, 2020 7:19 am

America needs ‘transparency’ from its government. It doesn’t need the daily Punch-and-Judy shows

twitter women

How to be a woman on Twitter

April 13, 2020 3:47 pm

The constant search for validation on the internet brings out the worst in us

running

How to take up running

April 13, 2020 3:05 pm

Research suggests that those who intentionally focus on the feeling of moving and deliberately take in their surroundings, enjoy exercise more

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death

Why are so many of my elderly friends in denial about death?

April 13, 2020 12:40 pm

Sooner or later something gets us, and after a billion beats is it any wonder the heart comes to a full stop?

easter

This Easter, we should moderate our complacency

April 12, 2020 4:01 pm

The pressure of contemporary events crowds us into the impatient confines of the present, rendering us insensible to the lessons of history

susan rosenberg

The bloody decade: think America’s divided now? Try the 1970s

April 12, 2020 11:12 am

In 1974 alone, there were 2,044 bombings in America, with 24 people killed

silver oak alexander valley

Cab and conversation

April 12, 2020 10:53 am

A Healdsburg symposium

elbow

What do elbows have to do with fighting coronavirus?

April 12, 2020 10:39 am

Digging up reliable etymologies takes a lot of elbow grease

chesterton

The fight to save G.K. Chesterton’s home from demolition

April 12, 2020 10:29 am

A Londoner until the age of 35, Chesterton moved to Beaconsfield on a whim

cigarettes

If anything is ‘essential’ right now, it’s cigarettes

April 12, 2020 10:20 am

Nothing about this small and unpleasant virus thing is ‘abundantly clear’

body positivity fat

Body positivity’s big silence

April 11, 2020 1:25 pm

Fat people of all colors, ages, genders and sexualities need to be extra careful

seacuterie

Salami of the sea

April 11, 2020 1:22 pm

Seacuterie is a delicious but annoying culinary portmanteau

guns alexander

The guns of Alexander

April 11, 2020 1:12 pm

In the event of the gun confiscation fancied by the Democratic party’s billionaires and its NPR tote-bag carriers, the hinterlands will not submit

telehealth addiction

Telehealth for addiction during a pandemic

April 11, 2020 12:43 pm

I can now prescribe to patients who don’t have bus money to make it to clinic, but who have a phone, or can borrow one

fatwa twitter

Giving up Twitter for Lent went well

April 10, 2020 3:44 pm

If I’m honest with myself, Twitter is the most hardcore addiction I have and it’s also the one that robs me of the most productivity

ok

Actually, it’s not ‘OK’

April 9, 2020 5:24 pm

Spending weeks or months lazy and directionless is going to hurt, not help you

recovering

I’m recovering — but I glimpsed the coronavirus cliff edge

April 9, 2020 4:39 pm

I had a strong sensation of my body being invaded by a parasite which was sapping my strength

hospital

I was relishing the lockdown a week ago, but now I need urgent hospital treatment

April 9, 2020 4:26 pm

I need to have a stent removed from my urethra — and pronto

greece

The way Greece has conducted itself in this pandemic is an example to us all

April 9, 2020 4:15 pm

Once this plague is over, national barriers might make a comeback and be seen as more than just an impediment to human freedom

museums

The online museums you’ll never want to leave

April 9, 2020 1:41 pm

If the blackout warden didn’t notice a sliver of light at your window, a neighbor would soon tell him

mathematicians

Coronavirus has made amateur mathematicians of us all

April 9, 2020 12:57 pm

Mathematical models help you to feel like you have a handle on what’s going on

dark humor

Throughout history, dark humor has helped us cope in a crisis

April 9, 2020 11:44 am

There’s power in laughing in the face of fear

ancient prayers

In this time of modern contagion, I find myself turning to ancient prayers

April 9, 2020 11:24 am

They remind us that we’re not the first to face these fears