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Guestwords: Viral Happiness

The guaranteed way to get through the Covid-19 era is distraction. Here an accomplished physicist diverts you from thinking about the coronavirus with puzzles, problems, wisdom, and humor.

Apr 2, 2020
Guestwords: Creativity in the Age of Corona by Andrea Grover

Suddenly, every parent is a homeschooler, and everyone is an artist. We’re playing music, performing, dancing, writing stories, and making art. Creative expression is at an all-time high. Who could spare the time for this two weeks ago?

Mar 26, 2020
The Economic Impact of the Virus

Many of us have suffered already from the warlike shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will all suffer in some way. If we learn from the record, however, we can take steps to minimize the impact.

Mar 19, 2020
Guestwords: Don’t Call Me ‘Madam’

I tend to bristle when addressed as “ma’am.” Ma’am is so, well, elderly. Uh, except in Brazil?

Mar 12, 2020
Guestwords: We Met Over Trash

To help Dell Cullum and his Wildlife Rescue of East Hampton nonprofit, a comedy night fund-raiser was in order. This is what I do.

Mar 5, 2020
Every Day Is Sunday

I am among that elite group of people who can afford not to work, or, as in my case, were tossed out of it, and who easily lose track of days — all days, in fact, are rather the same.

Feb 27, 2020
The Philosens Vigil

A new vigil for social change takes shape at the windmill in Sag Harbor. It meets every Friday.

Feb 20, 2020
Profits With a Purpose

On the East End, fusing commercial endeavors with deep-rooted values and social good has been an ideal for years. There are many examples flourishing in our midst.

Feb 13, 2020
Once Upon a Time on West Seventh

“It was 50 years ago today,” I thought as I entered the theater this past August to catch the 1969 period film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” looking for a reminder of a divine encounter one summer day in Los Angeles.

Feb 6, 2020
The Roots of Unhappiness

Why, in an era when there are so many things to be grateful for and happy about, are a plurality of Americans riddled with anxiety, anger, fear, and depression?

Jan 30, 2020
Guestwords: I Learn From Caroline Pratt

I first picked up Caroline Pratt’s 1948 memoir-cum-history of the City and Country School, “I Learn From Children,” in the late 1960s, and its progressive commitment to growing activist citizens instantly resonated. It’s out in a new edition, and not a moment too soon.

Jan 23, 2020
Guestwords: My Wainscott Sphinx

Norman Jaffe’s landmark design for Harold Becker’s house in a Wainscott pasture taught me that rule-bending buildings can change your mental space, your emotional compass, your perception of the relationship between nature and human nature.

Jan 16, 2020