Amy Tara Koch (The New York Times) Every mountain is unique, sure. But, the rhythm of most ski resorts is predictable. So, when I heard about a “ski safari” in the Italian Alps, that involved crisscrossing the scenic towns and valleys of places like Cortina, Civetta, Val Gardena and Arabba,...
  I was feeling down on my hometown, a fractured city of appalling inequality out of which has sprung an industry that’s contributed to the ruin of our country — and also, probably, my mind. The quirky tech scene had soured, while the houses had gotten grander and the homelessness...

A Sea Change for Plastic

Unwanted plastics clog landfills and sully city streets and nature preserves. Most alarming to many, the material is beginning to overwhelm the planet’s oceans — from the ballooning Great Pacific Garbage Patch to trash discovered in the Pacific’s deepest reaches. The amount of plastic streaming into the oceans is roughly...

The Quinceañera, Redefined

  Walter Thompson-Hernández (The New York Times) Jayla Sheffield, 15, looked to her left and right. She and six friends, all wearing black shorts, white Nikes and T-shirts with the words “Jayla’s Quince,” paused, ready to kick off a night of festivities with a dance routine they had practiced for months. The...

The Red Coats Are Coming

Vanessa Friedman (The New York Times) Forget the power shoulder. These days, it’s all about the power coat. At least when it comes to Jane Fonda — and, perhaps, to those who would follow her example. We are speaking, of course, of the five-alarm, bright red coat the actress and activist...
Vanessa Friedman (The New York Times) Dr. Sarah Armstrong has a 15-year-old patient who has been going to the weight management clinic at Duke since he was 8 years old. “The parents both have worked with us tirelessly, the family drives an hour to see us, they’ve tried various diets and...
Anahad O’Connor (The New York Times) Not long ago Dr. Rangan Chatterjee had a patient with Type 2 diabetes struggling to lower his blood sugar levels, despite following an intense diet and exercise program. Chatterjee counseled him...
Ideabox Myanmar announced a community of female technology professionals, students and enthusiasts, ‘Geek Girls,’ has been formed in Myanmar. The objective of Geek Girls Myanmar is to link female IT professionals and enthusiasts together, so as to create greater engagement and female participation within the technology sector as a whole,...