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EXERCISE VS DIET

EXERCISE VS DIET

1 The Goal: WEIGHT LOSS The Science: Despite what the post-Christmas surge in gym attendance might suggest, sweating it out on the treadmill is not the most efficient way to lose your extra padding. Weight loss happens when your body requires more energy and kilojoules than you’re putting in, and so is forced to break down the molecules in your fat cells for fuel. “There are countless ‘fat-burning’ diets out there, from keto and paleo to intermittent fasting, but all rely on creating a calorie deficit,” says Kyle Green, a fitness model and body transformation coach. “Aim for a deficit of between 250kcal (1050kJ) and 500kcal (2100kJ) per day and see how your body responds.” There are two simple ways to work towards a 1000-kJ deficit: first, consume less (eat two fewer biscuits);…

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

You’ve owned a string of fast planing boats. Why the move to a displacement yacht? Tim Ciasulli: I would take a bunch of friends out for a blast off the coast of Connecticut, and we’d get back to the dock and go below deck, and the doors would be open, plates all over the place, and it would take a day just to put it all back to rights. I crossed one time from Fort Lauderdale to the Abacos, and even the fridge was turned over. The fact is that going fast and having a nice yacht that you can enjoy with friends are mutually exclusive. But, I have both because we tow a 43-foot, carbon fiber Midnight Express with five 450-horsepower outboards that goes 100 miles an hour. So, I…

TOP 10 GREAT ESCAPES

1 EMPRESS MATILDA DECEMBER 1142 Caught in a lengthy civil war with her cousin Stephen of Blois – a period known as ‘The Anarchy’ – Empress Matilda was not one to give up her right to the English throne easily. During a bitterly cold night in December 1142 she fled the besieged Oxford Castle, where she’d been trapped for three months, wearing a white cape and evading enemy troops by blending in with the snow. Matilda and her knights then skated across the frozen River Thames and reached the safety of Wallingford Castle. The Anarchy would rage on for another decade and Matilda would never be crowned queen, but she succeeded in ensuring her son’s place as the future Henry II. 2 GIACOMO CASANOVA OCTOBER 1756 Famed Italian adventurer and renowned womaniser Giacomo Casanova spent…

TOP 10 GREAT ESCAPES
PERFECT STORM FOR PANDEMICS

PERFECT STORM FOR PANDEMICS

SCIENTISTS AND WORLD Health Organization officials have been trying to control the COVID pandemic while attempting to understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for it. Where did it come from? And when did it first pass to humans? So far, they believe this most likely occurred in China in a market or farm trading in exotic animals, where many different species come into contact with people. Human diseases that originate in animals are known as zoonotic infections. Determining the origins of COVID may be critical to preventing the next pandemic. But SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t only afflict people: infections have been documented in many domesticated or captive animal species, including cats, dogs, minks, tigers, snow leopards, pumas and gorillas. “Habitat destruction, illegal wildlife trade and other human activities have brought many species into contact with…

WINE INEQUALITY

WINE INEQUALITY

We've all heard that not all wine vintages are born equal. Some believe in the uncanny magic of an even year, while others collect special bottles based on the birth years of their children. But are these good determining factors for your next collectable? In a product like wine, where potential setbacks at every step of the production process are as normal as the creative solutions that offset these issues, is there such a thing as a better vintage? You bet there is! And if you believe that, you may as well start believing in weather gods too! Going back to my favourite concept that good wine starts in the vineyard, let's take this as our starting point. From the very beginning of bud burst in the vines, grape growers are in…

The Artist’s Eye

The Artist’s Eye

Savio Mizzi might be considered a newcomer in the world of marine artists, but he has been a creative force in fine arts for more than 40 years. He is passionate about his art, but like everything else in his life, it takes a back seat to fishing. When Mizzi and his wife, Gigi, were house hunting in the Hamptons in the late 1980s, they drove past a group of anglers catching fish from the beach. “That was all it took,” Mizzi says. “We bought a house near Three Mile Harbor, and I set up my studio. I was still doing freelance graphics work for ad agencies in Manhattan, and commission work, including book covers for New York publishing houses.” This was in addition to his endless musings on sketch pads…

Flamboyant FLOURISHES

Vanessa Bell saw the home as a place of personal freedom and artistic creativity: the secret of Bloomsbury style is the way it manages to be both calm and stimulating. Individual beautiful objects – paintings, lamps or a hand-thrown vase – are full of interest yet comfortable rather than dramatic. And they encourage us to look closer, to see the view beyond the jug on a windowsill. Artists ignore the usual boundaries, so mix it up by moving things to unexpected settings – kitchen ceramics in the bathroom, paintings in the kitchen. Set paintings at different levels – against the skirting board (as in Kettle’s Yard house and museum in Cambridge), on bookshelves and mantelpieces or amid the pottery on a dresser. VINTAGE HOME 3 For more Bloomsbury-style inspiration, take a look…

Flamboyant FLOURISHES

juicy fruit

Change it up VIRGIN WATERMELON MARGARITA PUNCH Omit tequila and replace orange liqueur with 3 tbsp frozen concentrated orange juice. Replace rosé wine with 750 ml bottle of lime-flavoured carbonated water. WATERMELON MARGARITA PUNCH MAKES 10 TO 12 SERVINGS HANDS-ON TIME 15 MINUTES TOTAL TIME 15 MINUTES 4 cups frozen seeded watermelon cubes1 cup orange juice1/2 cup lime juice2/3 cup tequila1/3 cup orange-flavoured liqueur (such as Cointreau)3 tbsp agave syrup1 750 ml bottle chilled rosé wine1 750 ml bottle chilled carbonated waterice cubeslime and watermelon slicesthyme sprigs (optional) In food processor or blender, purée watermelon cubes with orange and lime juices, tequila, liqueur and agave syrup until smooth. Pour mixture into large pitcher or punch bowl. Add wine and carbonated water; stir gently to mix. Pour punch into glasses and add ice cubes. Garnish drinks with lime and watermelon…

juicy fruit

PAN-AFRICAN My body, my canvas

WHY IS MAKEUP SIGNIFICANT? Well, the face is the window to the soul. Whether you choose to wear makeup or not, and, by association, how or to what extent you embellish yourself, says a lot about who you are as a person and how you identify with the world. Do you wear it to conceal or enhance the so-called ugly truth? Is makeup purely functional? Or do you view it as an imposition, an archaic tool of the patriarchy that (still) reinforces the (very) problematic idea that women need to be beautified or altered in some way to make them more acceptable in a male-dominated world? What if you could use makeup to challenge those notions and empower individuals to change the belief structures and social programming they’ve inherited? That’s…

PAN-AFRICAN My body, my canvas

POWERED BY PLANTS

IF YOU FEEL LIKE you’re seeing plant-based diets and products everywhere, you’re right: Sales of replacements for animal products were up 27 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. And vegetarian, vegan, and plant-forward diets are here to stay, predicts sports dietitian Lauren Antonucci, MS, RDN, the founder of Nutrition Energy in New York City and author of High-Performance Nutrition for Masters Athletes. In her practice, where she counsels people from both the general population and the athletic community, Antonucci says that “people are starting to grasp what a good, viable, sustainable way of eating this is, for both long-term overall health and performance.” A 2020 survey of adults by Mattson, a food consulting and development firm in Silicon Valley, found that people are shifting toward more plant-based eating for three reasons:…

POWERED BY PLANTS
I’m the proud owner of two vaginas, but it’s not as weird as it sounds!

I’m the proud owner of two vaginas, but it’s not as weird as it sounds!

Like a lot of women, I started using tampons when I was 16. But I always—always—leaked, even though when I’d take out a tampon to replace it, it was never—ever—full. I remember holding up a mirror to my vulva to figure out what was going on, and…to me, my vagina just looked like a normal vagina (in hindsight, maybe there was a little extra skin poking out, but truly nothing alarming). After months of ruined underwear, I went to see a gyno. As she inserted her silver speculum into my vagina, she paused. “Hold on a second,” she said, leaving the speculum inside me and leaving the room. She returned with several other doctors and nurses, all of whom stared at my vagina. Someone was flipping through a textbook, saying something like,…

WineCab WineWall: sommelier for your smart home

WineCab WineWall: sommelier for your smart home

If you love sci-fi and wine in equal quantities and have a fair sum to splurge on indulging that love, then the WineCab WineWall is the home renovation piece that you did not know you needed! We tend to think of wine cellars as being dark and dusty places, often the scene of crime in murder mysteries of a certain class, and not at all space age and futuristic, like the food synthesisers in science fiction films about space travel. The WineCab WineWall is a beautiful blend of both, giving you a stylish and attractive wine storage option that not only protects and showcases your wine, but also helps you choose the right wine for your chosen meal too! WineCab WineWall’s wine management system is designed to suit every oenophile from…

INSPIRATIONAL, INNOVATIVE & INVALUABLE

EXQUISITELY HAND crafted in hues of azure blue and lime green, with carefully twisted and spiralled glasswork elements, the sculptural eight-metre Rotunda chandelier creates a dramatic first impression in its suspension within the Grand Entrance Hall to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Demonstrating historic techniques of Venetian glassmaking combined with contemporary design, this is considered a highlight for many visitors to a world-famous collection which encompasses five thousand years of art and design. Leading past the Grand Entrance Hall, through meandering passageways and across twelve acres of exhibition space, you will find an excess of two million objects such as sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, photography and fashion, which attract more than four million visitors from across the globe each year. During the early years of the V&A, which was known as the South Kensington…

INSPIRATIONAL, INNOVATIVE & INVALUABLE
How Your Brain Falls FOR THE WRONG IDEAS

How Your Brain Falls FOR THE WRONG IDEAS

Imagine you’re 16 months into a global pandemic. False narratives are running rampant. Social and political divisiveness is growing. Tempers are flaring as a stress-induced cognitive fog has settled in. OK, you don’t have to imagine—this is the reality we’re living in. Under these circumstances, it’s urgent that we correctly categorize ideas as true or false, yank attention back when it’s been pulled away, and broaden our perspectives. Yet the very cognitive resources we need in order to accomplish all this have become depleted because of the high-stress circumstances we’ve been enduring. Is there a way out of this terrible Catch-22 of our collective moment? Yes, and it involves practicing mindfulness in action. At the University of Miami, my research team and I study the impact of mindfulness training on high-demand…

Whale of a Poem

Whale of a Poem

Every year, I’m excited to read the new set of poems for the annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. The only downside is having to pick and rank winners. It’s always a challenge to narrow down a list of finalists and, ultimately, choose the winner. For the 2020 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards, there were more than 1,200 entries. The poems covered a range of poetic forms, including sonnets, villanelles, and free verse. The subjects were just as diverse, covering the big issues of 2020 (like the pandemic and protests), as well as timeless subjects (like falling in love and admiring the natural world). In the end, I selected Deborah Hall’s “The Loneliest Whale” for the First Place Prize of $1,000, publication in Writer’s Digest, and a 20-minute consultation with yours truly. I found…

SNACK-SIZED SUMMER

BY MID-JULY the first cherry tomatoes have begun to ripen in my garden and it feels as though summer has officially arrived. I grow at least a dozen varieties each year, selecting both hybrids and heirlooms and evaluating them for flavor, disease resistance and vigor. Cherry tomatoes can be grown in garden beds and containers. They produce best in full sun. I support my plants with seven-foot-tall wooden stakes, tying the new growth to the supports weekly. I also feed them every two weeks with a liquid organic fertilizer to maximize thier production. Looking for new varieties to try in your garden? Here are four of my favorite cherry tomatoes to grow: If I could grow only one tomato, it would be ‘Sungold’. The vigorous hybrid plants yield hundreds of cherry-sized golden fruits…

SNACK-SIZED SUMMER

Reader Tips

Dual-use duster Chloe Deike, IA Large-leaved houseplants, such as schefflera (Schefflera actinophylla), can collect a lot of dust. When Chloe purchased a three-pronged microfiber duster to clean her blinds, she found it looked similar to some more expensive houseplant dusting accessories while being only half the cost. The flexible prongs are covered in removable microfiber cloth. Run the leaf of a houseplant between the prongs and gently squeeze to dust both the top and bottom without tearing the leaf. A convenient vase Bea Strozina, ME Bea shared her idea for adding an extra touch of beauty to the garden with little effort and no extra materials. It starts with a decorative rain gauge—one without a funnel on top like this. After a good rain, Bea strolls through the garden looking for flowers with broken stems.…

Reader Tips
5 TRICKS TO HELP YOU DEFINE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BRAND

5 TRICKS TO HELP YOU DEFINE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BRAND

We know some of you run photography businesses and in a world where more and more photographers are entering the market every year, it’s important to find ways to set yourself apart from the crowd. As photographers, normally we just want to shoot. But running a business comes with wearing many hats and one of the most important parts of running a business is defining your brand. Remember, if you have a photography business, you are your brand! You want to define who you are so that you can keep customers coming back for more and recognizing your style without even seeing your name. This may feel daunting so this article will explore the 5 easy steps to help you define your company. WHAT DOES BRANDING ACTUALLY MEAN? According to Seth Godin: “A brand…

SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THE SUMMER HEAT

Cycling in hot weather comes with a whole set of challenges, including dehydration, which can lead to bonking, decreased performance, and sometimes serious heat-related illness. That said, a little bit of sunshine or humidity shouldn’t keep you off your bike. Here are five tips to help keep you cool when the mercury climbs. GET ACCLIMATED // “The biggest hot-weather mistake cyclists make is riding in the heat without preparation,” says Stacy Sims, Ph.D., a performance physiologist. If you don’t acclimate to hot-weather riding, you won’t reap as many benefits from your workout, and you’ll increase both your perceived effort and risk of injury. Ride early or late in the day when temperatures are the coolest, and use your down time to get used to the heat. PROTECT YOUR SKIN // A sunburn…

SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THE SUMMER HEAT
Addicted to her phone

Addicted to her phone

Leave her to it Let her do what she wants. You gave her the phone so deal with it. If she has problems, she’ll come to you for advice. Tracey Manton Set rules We have a rule in our house. No phones allowed after 8pm. Things have changed, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to follow the trend. Rachel Conway Mental health issues It might be time to have a chat to her GP. Mobile phones can provide a disconnect from reality, and ‘likes’ and views can provide boosts in serotonin that, if there is an underlying issue, she may not be getting naturally. Mental health issues are incredibly common, particularly in teenage girls, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on it. Tamrha Smith Turn it off Take it away. At a certain time it goes off.…

big hair, don’t care

If every shampoo commercial is to be trusted, frizz is the single greatest enemy of good hair. When Ella Benore Rowe worked in salons, the message was the same. “The attitude towards curly, thick and coarser hair was, ‘It’s too boofy! It’s too frizzy! Cut the weight out of it!’” she says. “There was a de-frizz message everywhere you turned.” As the proud child of an Anglo-Australian dad and Papua New Guinean mum, Ella’s tresses are a mixture of both her parents’ locks: she has two or three different curl patterns, both wavy and straight sections and – you guessed it – a fair bit of frizz. For a long time, Ella has railed against the notion that her natural hair is unattractive. She grew up in an affirming home environment…

big hair, don’t care

REACH READERS WITH A NEWSLETTER

Eighteen years ago, novelist and poet Erika Dreifus completed an MFA degree and found herself inspired to share literary opportunities and resources with other writers. A newsletter, she decided, would help her to broadcast this information widely while creating a writing community. In 2004, she launched The Practicing Writer, a digital newsletter published on the first day of each month. “I was also trying to cultivate more teaching and related opportunities in the writing world,” Dreifus explains. “The newsletter allowed me to alert subscribers about my own services and courses.” Digital newsletters for writers have been around for decades. Some provide subscribers with writing prompts and short essays on craft. Some feature interviews or author profiles or guest posts by people connected in some way to the literary community. Some, like The…

REACH READERS WITH A NEWSLETTER
2021 Ducati Multistrada V4S

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4S

The large-displacement adventure motorcycle segment is a critical landscape for manufacturers, providing the financial margin and consumer excitement needed to sustain future opportunities in this rapidly changing market. Traditional superbike producers like Ducati have expanded their offerings to include scramblers and adventure models, all benefiting from the brand’s style and performance. The new Ducati Multistrada V4S, featuring their flagship Panigale V4 motor is their best adventure bike yet, and a solid shot across the Bavarian bow. As a touring motorcycle, the new Multistrada is the most comfortable Ducati I have traveled on, combining the smoothness of the V4 with the upright riding position of an adventure bike. While the performance of the Ducati is to be expected, the touring attributes are worthy of notable praise, starting with the wind protection and…

The heat is on out west

The heat is on out west

THERE is no question that the drought and recent heat across the western US is bad. Unseasonably high temperatures baked Washington and Oregon, with new highs of 41.7°C in Seattle on 28 June and 44.4°C in Portland on 27 June. Canada, better equipped for blizzards, also suffered in a deadly, record-breaking heatwave. A dry winter means exceptional and severe drought now blankets large swathes of the western US states, with hot summer months still to come – leading to worries of another potentially disastrous wildfire season. The drought is intense even for a region that played host to part of a historic six-year drought starting in 2011. “It’s extraordinarily bad already,” says Peter Gleick at the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California. Spectacularly dry conditions don’t guarantee a wildfire season worse than last…

Prep for a Pet

Think on It You may be eager to welcome a pet into the familia. But first consider if you can manage the commitment of caring for a pet for the long haul. That could mean up to 15 years for a dog and up to 20 years for a cat. Puppies need to go out every hour until trained, says Emily Fromm, chief development officer at the Petfinder Foundation, in Tucson. And puppies and kittens need to be fed three times a day. “Kids should also plan to spend two hours a day playing with the animal and giving it stimulation and exercise,” she adds. Do a Practice Run Observe your kids with animals before adopting, says Kenny Lamberti, director of grassroots advocacy for Best Friends Animal Society. Pet sit for a friend,…

Prep for a Pet

THE AWAKENING

In March 2020, with the stunning arrival of the novel coronavirus, the bustling, worldwide business of bareboat and crewed charter-yacht vacations came to a standstill. Now, a little over a year later, with vaccinations available and national borders reopening—and with many weary sailors emerging from isolation and eager to both travel and hoist sails—the pandemic seems to be in retreat, and the charter industry as a whole appears poised for an astounding comeback. Which leads to two questions: What, exactly, happened? And what does the future really hold? Charlie Cary knew from the first moment he laid eyes on the pristine waters of Sir Francis Drake Channel—the storied strait coursing through the celebrated, sun-splashed isles that constitute the sailor’s paradise known as the British Virgin Islands—that he’d arrived somewhere very special.…

THE AWAKENING

Italian Dinner Alfresco

IT’S ONE OF THE SIMPLE PLEASURES of summer: sitting around an outdoor table with friends, enjoying a home-cooked meal, and soaking in the laid-back feeling of the season. But the mad dash to put all that food on the table might leave the host feeling far from relaxed. Not so with this special Italian spread that’s full of make-ahead potential. A board piled with proscuitto, arugula, Burrata cheese, and grilled bread makes a so-easy cocktail-hour nibble—you can even enlist guests to help while you toss together a fresh vegetable-packed spaghetti. A hearty kale Caesar salad can be ready to go a few hours in advance (in fact, it’s even better that way), and bite-size meatballs are just as delicious cooked ahead, frozen, and reheated in a pantry-friendly tomato sauce. For the main…

Italian Dinner Alfresco

Hold my Drink

Hi, I’m Aby and I’m not an alcoholic. However, by the time this article gets published it will be more than six months since I decided to get sober. I had my last sip of alcohol on New Year’s Eve--a full 15 minutes before the clock turned twelve. The idea to stop drinking came to me the moment I decided to move back permanently to Manila from Madrid in November of 2020. The clean slate in Manila and the beginning of a new year offered an opportunity to cultivate fresh habits and quit old ones—including the dreadful drinking habit I picked up in Spain. You see, I had been living in Madrid for the last couple of years. In Spain, I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful selection of fine but affordable Spanish wines,…

Hold my Drink
The suburbs as they are, and could be

The suburbs as they are, and could be

Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, I am left with a nagging sensation that it is horrifying not only because of the death rate – which is in fact much lower than a pandemic has the potential to produce – but because it has revealed rather more fundamental underlying patterns. They describe a set of deeper crises now finally here at scale, beginning to roil and roll around us. A global pandemic, almost certainly generated by rampant biodiversity degradation, appears hot on the heels of Australia’s continent-scale bushfires and is, in turn, followed by devastating floods. And yet life itself seemed on hold. There was a great waiting though for what no one knew. — Richard Flanagan, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams1 These crises, encompassing not only COVID and climate but also…

MALE INFERTILITY IS MORE COMMON THAN YOU MAY REALISE.

1 in 6 couples will have trouble conceiving. 30% of fertility issues are due to male factor infertility. WHEN TALKING ABOUT INFERTILITY, PEOPLE OFTEN SPEAK ABOUT FEMALE FERTILITY FACTORS. THE TRUTH IS THAT IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO. “There’s a lot of stigma around male infertility,” says Monash IVF Consultant Andrology Professor Rob McLachlan. “Many of my patients are really sad that they can’t get their partners pregnant. But the truth is that 1 in 20 men are infertile. Male infertility is so much more common than people realise,” he says. Male fertility problems may include blockages to the transport of sperm, sperm problems (like low sperm count), erectile dysfunction or issues with hormones. Some of these fertility problems are treatable with expert help – allowing men to go on to have healthy…

MALE INFERTILITY IS MORE COMMON THAN YOU MAY REALISE.
BORED & TIRED?

BORED & TIRED?

Most of us have spent more time with our partners in the past year than we ever have before. Let’s be frank – we are tired of each other. Even the strongest relationships have felt the strain. Now, as restrictions have eased, this is the perfect opportunity to take stock and give your relationship some badly needed TLC. Ask what you both want from your relationship from now on It’s time to start talking about how you want your relationship to look in future. What did you like about the past year? What, ideally, would you change? Invite your partner to share their views honestly. Sit down together. Rather than saying, ‘This is what I want,’ be interested in what the other person has to say. Discover what you can agree on. Ask…

POSTCARD FROM THE HAMPTONS

WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER THE HAMPTONS? ‘I visited more than 15 years ago and instantly fell in love with the empty beaches, relaxed vibe and small-town feel – a world away from bustling NYC. It’s obviously best known as a summer hotspot, to which people really do flock from the city, but my earliest memory is of walking along the shore in winter when there was snow. I’ve returned every year since.’ YOUR IDEAL DAY HERE? ‘It would start with breakfast at Sip’n Soda in Southampton. It’s a family-run, old-school American parlour serving burgers and shakes, but also does great brunch platters and omelettes to order. Following that, I would have a picnic on the beach and go for a swim or play tennis. In the evening, you can’t beat a barbecue…

POSTCARD FROM THE HAMPTONS
Can Cryptocurrency Replace the US Dollar?

Can Cryptocurrency Replace the US Dollar?

Even though its value is no longer pinned to great stacks of gold in Fort Knox, the US dollar is a stable and trusted currency worldwide. It’s the reserve currency for the world, supporting international transactions and all aspects of the global economy. But will it continue to hold that position? Might Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency eventually replace it? At the virtual RSA security conference (RSAC 2021) in May, Dr. Kenneth Geers, external communications analyst for Very Good Security, explored this topic, along with Very Good Security’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Kathy Wang. “Is cryptocurrency going to change my life? Change the world?” asked Geers. “Will it bring the end of the nation-state?” Geers led off by pointing out Bitcoin’s amazingly meteoric rise. On May 22, 2010—a day now dubbed Bitcoin…

Is climate change making storms worse?

Is climate change making storms worse?

An otherwise relatively quiet season of tropical storms in the Atlantic came to a noisy end when Hurricane Dorian struck Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas on 1 September 2019. With wind gusts of 295km/h, the tropical storm smashed much of the beautiful archipelago to matchwood. Roofs were blown off houses, cars knocked over; waves up to seven metres high caused major flooding. When the destructive storm finally loosened its grip on the Bahamas a few days later and moved up the American east coast, a total of 77 people had lost their lives, with 245 men, women and children missing. Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful storm ever to strike the Bahamas. The powerful winds placed the tropical storm high on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane wind scale. Category 1 storms begin…

9 Smart Ways to Protect Your Child’s Skin

YOUR KID’S SKIN is likely smooth, soft, and oh-so-kissable—not saying that yours isn’t—but what makes make their skin so delicious also makes it sensitive. Children’s skin is thinner than adults’ and more fragile, so bacteria, allergens, and irritants can more easily penetrate the protective barrier and cause rashes or infections. It also loses moisture faster and is more vulnerable to sun damage. All of that means keeping your child’s skin clean, hydrated, and problem-free isn’t always simple. We asked pediatric dermatologists what they wish every parent knew about children’s skin, from general care to diagnosable issues. 1 Steer Clear of Products With Fragrances, Dyes, and Preservatives. Kids’ skin can’t handle a lot of harsh chemicals. Since their skin is thinner, they absorb more of what’s in skin-care products than we do. Dermatologists recommend…

9 Smart Ways to Protect Your Child’s Skin
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS…AND MASKS

BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS…AND MASKS

CHAMPIONS BECOME champions after going through a great deal of adversity that typically is referred to as blood, sweat and tears. In this issue, we celebrate the champions of hockey leagues around the world after playing a game for the 2020-21 season. Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and their entire support staff who helped make them all champions. This hockey season is now behind us, its champions are all crowned and trophies have been handed out. Much of this issue is dedicated to celebrating the on-ice players who delivered the well-needed distraction of hockey games while the more serious game of life and death was unfolding right in front of us all on a daily basis. During this season, we celebrated the frontline workers like Hayley Wickenheiser and hundreds of…

ISLANDS IN THE STREAM

ISLANDS IN THE STREAM

Fireworks of white spray exploded against the rocks as I stood watching rollers race in from every angle on the cairn-covered promontory of Shipman Head Down. It’s one of the most dramatic viewpoints on Bryher, the smallest of the five inhabited islands that make up the Isles of Scilly archipelago, just off the coast of Cornwall. Floating out in the Atlantic Ocean, they are Britain’s most south-westerly point – the next stop is America. Yet despite spots of surging surf, these subtropical islands, riding on the kite strings of the Gulf Stream, offer warm temperatures and sandy beaches that give the Caribbean a run for its money. Bryher, which means ‘land of the hills’ in Cornish, has a population of just 80, rough tracks for roads (there are few cars) and…

JUKE BOXES FOR THE DIGITAL AGE

JUKE BOXES FOR THE DIGITAL AGE

There can be little doubt that streaming is the future of our music listening. Indeed, for many of us, it’s very much the present. The compact disc is by no means dead yet, of course (as one of the products we highlight here shows), but the smart money is on the many streaming and download services out there to be taking our subscriptions and providing our music for the foreseeable future. And we can now truly say that we don’t have to sacrifice quality to listen to our digital tunes. A decade or more ago, there was no doubt that the best way to listen to music was at home by compact disc. No longer: now we can get music files down our ever-broadening broadband feed at resolutions that put the humble…

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE...

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE...

‘During the 1970s and much of the ’80s, no other car represented such a visualisation of childlike wonder; even now it triggers a primal response in people of a certain age’ You don’t need to have driven one to ‘get’ the Lamborghini Countach. It gets you, every single time. It’s only a cliché because it’s true, but the Lamborghini Countach really was the supercar pin-up for prepubescents the world over during the 1970s. And for much of the ’80s, too, come to think of it. No other car represented such a visualisation of childlike wonder, and even now it triggers a primal response in people of a certain age. Seeing – and hearing – four iterations together, in contrast, merely leaves you with a knot-in-the-stomach feeling. Few cars, if any, carry such…

The value of connecting

The value of connecting

Are you passionate about sport, music or the environment? Being part of a community isn’t just about where you live, it also means sharing ideas and interests with other people and it can help you understand yourself. What is a community? A community might be an actual space where people connect, like your local neighbourhood orr school, or a virtual space where groups meet online. These groups, or communities, bring together people who share similar ideas and interests. You can also have a sense of community – which you can’t see but you feel – by belonging to a faith, for example, or being proud of where you live. Communities come in all shapes and sizes and make you feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. How can a community be…

Here comes the summer …

Here comes the summer …

Beware of the summer! The season that was once anticipated as the lightest, brightest, balmiest time of the year now comes with a health warning. For the first time, the UK’s Met Office issued an extreme heat advisory this month. The warning was very staid, very British, but a clear shift away from the ethos of Keep Calm and Carry On. The amber alert urged precautions against adverse health effects for vulnerable populations, while flagging pressure on water resources, potential power cuts and increased likelihood of transport delays. Given the temperatures were only a little over 30C for a few days, this might seem risible to people living in far hotter parts of the world, but it is part of a growing global conversation challenging how we think about summer in…

CHOCOLATE

HOW HEALTHY IS DARK CHOCOLATE? If you’re craving something sweet, a small piece (1 to 2 ounces) of dark chocolate a few times a week is a healthy treat. Research suggests that dark chocolate may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of diabetes. This is thanks to cocoa’s high levels of flavonoids—plant-based antioxidants that protect the heart. To get the maximum flavonoid benefit, enjoy a square of dark chocolate that contains 60% cacao or higher and avoid those made with alkalized or Dutch-processed cocoa. CAROB VS. CHOCOLATE Carob is a naturally sweet, low-fat, caffeine-free, high-fiber substitute for chocolate. It doesn’t taste exactly like chocolate (it has a mild, nutty flavor), but those who avoid or limit caffeine find it a handy replacement. Chocolate-Avocado Shakes HANDS-ON: 5 MIN. TOTAL: 5 MIN. Avocado makes…

CHOCOLATE

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Before Phoebe Bridgers was smashing guitars in custom Gucci on Saturday Night Live and collaborating with indie legends like Conor Oberst, she played bass in Sloppy Jane, the alt-rock outfit fronted by her high school best friend, Haley Dahl. Though Dahl has since expanded the band to include 11 members—often taking the stage herself wearing nothing but blue paint—the two musicians spent their formative years in a state of constant experimentation, eventually finding a sound and performance style all their own. Growing up in Los Angeles, the pair had their own remedies for fighting teenage boredom and suburban ennui. “We would ditch class and do absolutely nothing,” says Dahl. “We never actually did anything cool; one time we just sat in Phoebe’s car and ate a tub of cookies.” Bridgers interjects:…

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Adele’s New Man!

Adele’s New Man!

Summer is heating up, and so is Adele’s new romance. After the singer, 33, was seen courtside with LeBron James’s agent, Rich Paul, 40, at the NBA Finals game in Phoenix on July 17, a source confirmed to People that the two have been dating for “a few months.” Since then, they’ve also been spotted out on a double date in New York City on July 22. “It’s not super serious, but they’re having a good time,” the source says of Adele, who was previously linked to British rapper Skepta, 38, last fall. “They have mutual friends in common, so that’s been nice. She’s having fun and being social.” The once-reclusive star has indeed been more public in recent months. Since separating from her ex-husband, entrepreneur Simon Konecki, in 2019 after…

A NEW-AGE FULFILLED AND MODERN WOMAN

“I don’t want children. I knew this at 22, and at 29, I got sterilised.” It’s not every day that one hears a statement like this from a South African woman, let alone a woman of colour. However, women are rejecting what society has expected of them. One of the most controversial ways is by voluntarily not having children or deciding never to get married. And this is the epitome of a fulfilled and authentic life for Capetonian copywriter and freelance journalist, Carmen Williams. She shares that, as a teenager, she thought she could be a mother one day. But it was only because she had learnt through society that it’s the “normal” thing to do. As she matured, though, she realised she didn’t have to fit into that mould, and…

A NEW-AGE FULFILLED AND MODERN WOMAN
COVID CORNER

COVID CORNER

COVID’S CONTESTED ORIGIN From the start of the pandemic there have been rumours about the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (also known as SARS2) that causes Covid-19, suggesting that it was the result of an accidental release from a research lab and that it was a virus engineered by scientists. Swiftly picked up by conspiracy theorists, they were just as swiftly debunked by Western scientists, with letters by groups of leading virologists appearing in The Lancet and Nature Medicine. While suspicion was aroused by the presence of China’s leading coronavirus research lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), in the virus’s presumed city of origin, there seemed to be absolutely no evidence that it had anything to do with the infections and it was deemed more likely that the city’s wet…

Cove to Table

Achingly beautiful Tomales Bay sits at the nexus of so much that embodies the Northern California culinary dream—abundant seafood, artisanal cheese, organic farms on picturesque rolling hills with views of the sea—and Nick’s Cove and Cottages is where it all coalesces on a perfectly ramshackle jetty jutting out into the sea. Ever since a Croatian immigrant named Nick Kojich opened a little seafood restaurant in an old herring-curing facility and started renting out waterfront cottages by the night, road trippers on Highway 1 have had a place to eat shrimp cocktail, gaze out at the water, and enjoy a view that’s barely changed for 90-some years. But what has changed is the quality of the food, an evolution jumpstarted in the late 1990s when Bay Area restaurateurs Pat Kuleto and Mark…

Cove to Table

Confucianism

Many Koreans believe in the Analects of Confucius. Known as Confucius in the West, the philosopher’s name was actually K’ung-Fu-tzu, or Master K’ung. He was the first and probably the most famous Chinese philosopher. Confucius’ father died shortly after his birth and his family fell into poverty. He dedicated his life to learning and, at the age of 30, began to teach others. Although he never personally recorded his doctrines, his theories were so compelling that after his death, his followers collected his sayings in a book known as the Analects. The Analects quickly became the foundation of Chinese life. The doctrine sets up an ethical or moral system intended to govern relationships within the family and the state. The entire system is based on subordination—child to parent, wife to husband,…

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FINDING MAGIC

FINDING MAGIC

UNO!” The now-familiar game-ending shout rang out from the cockpit, followed by the groan of the other players and the gloating of the victorious. I heard the cards reshuffle and another round begin. We were underway during a weeklong charter of the Florida Keys, and I was patting myself on the back for remembering to grab a few games and decks of cards before we left the dock. With sketchy cell service in the area, the kids—three teens and one preteen—had a sort-of forced break from their screens and made heavy use of the games, Uno in particular. To me, this was nothing short of magic, during a year that desperately needed some. The idea of a shared charter between our family (myself; my husband, Green; and our daughters, Caitlin, 15,…

AT THIS COOKOUT VEGGiES ARE THE MAiN EVENT

CHEESY CHARRED GREEN BEANS P. 67 YOGURT-MARINATED MUSHROOMS WITH FLATBREAD P. 68 Being a vegetarian at a carnivore-centered cookout can be tough (especially if your memory is tainted by the soggy skewered tomatoes and dried-out portobellos those meat eaters are always throwing in beside the burgers). But here, at this cookout, vegetables aren’t an afterthought—they’re the main event. So we make the most of them, prioritizing what’s in season and souping it up with grillable cheese, homemade flatbread, and a battery of über-flavorful sauces. Grilled Cauliflower and Broccoli With Lentils 4 SERVINGS Large seasoned cauliflower and broccoli steaks are charred on the grill until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, then topped with a bright and minty chutney dressing. You can also swap in other cruciferous veg like cabbage or broccoli…

AT THIS COOKOUT VEGGiES ARE THE MAiN EVENT

ETERNAL FLAME

For 14 years, beginning in the early Eighties, Isabella Rossellini represented beauty’s ideal. As the face of Lancôme, she sold everything from the brand’s iconic Trésor perfume to anti-ageing cream. It was a lucrative contract that made her the highest-paid model in the world at the time. Then, in 1995, months shy of her 43rd birthday, Rossellini was unceremoniously dropped by the beauty brand. ‘You cannot represent the dream, ’ Rossellini remembers being told. ‘So we have to go to a younger person.’ The decision made headlines. ‘When they let me go, there was a real protest from their clients, the women buying the [anti-ageing] cream,’ she says. ‘They were offended.’ As a story in the St Louis Post-Dispatch put it crassly: ‘Isabella Rossellini sold Lancôme cosmetics by the carload.…

ETERNAL FLAME

Back to Nature

The first thing you notice at Bill Caleo and Megan Noetzel LeFauve’s Catskills home is the abundance—and the aroma—of wood. “It’s part of why I love walking into the house,” Noetzel LeFauve says of the white oak used for ceilings, floors, and millwork, all of it unsealed and rubbed with natural oils. “It smells so cozy.” And cozy was the goal. Caleo, cofounder of the Brooklyn Home Company, a boutique real estate–development firm, and Noetzel LeFauve, an interior designer, envisioned the home as a year-round compound for themselves, their children, and their extended families. In addition to the three-bedroom house, the property includes a garage with a bunk room, a guest cottage, a playhouse, a pool, and a pool pavilion. There’s even a pond full of sunfish, shiners, and bass. Part rustic…

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What stops you having your say with conviction?

1 Past regrets about speaking out revolve around: ♥ Getting too emotional ◆ Embarrassment or feeling exposed ● The impact on relationships Feeling you can’t defend your position 2 Generally, your biggest barrier to self-belief is: Taking yourself seriously ♥ Your critical voice ◆ Comparing yourself to others ● Feeling overwhelmed 3 Planned speaking out usually involves: ♥ Overthinking and overpreparing ● Being pushed to your limit ◆ Other people who take the lead Raising questions to spark thinking 4 Before a big social event, you worry that you will: Be a bit bored ♥ Make a fool of yourself ◆ Not click with anyone ● Find it too much 5 You’d speak out more if you knew: The right time and place ♥ How others felt ◆ It really mattered to you ● The possible outcome 6 When you can’t sleep, you often worry about: Whether you’ve made the…

What stops you having your say with conviction?

Reclaiming MOVEMENT

“Intuitive movement is about giving your body what it wants and needs through tuning into your body’s sensations. What would you like to do today? Where can you feel tension in your body that you could attend to? ”Ruth Allen If we understand that movement is life, then we can also recognise that movement is not about calorie-burning, body shaping, goal-achieving or even simple athleticism. All of these things may really work for you, but none of them encompass the true essence of movement. Moving is about being alive; and being alive is about vitality, reducing suffering, embracing joy (among many other things). If we cannot separate movement from achievement, then we will be shackled to the idea that movement should look and feel a certain way, that it is perhaps a punishment,…

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Learning Who I Am Not, the Hard Way

Learning Who I Am Not, the Hard Way

The carved footholds were barely perceptible, even to my highly motivated eyes. They were more like minor imperfections in the cliff face than something wrought by man. Fortunately, I had become adept at recognizing the subtle handiwork of the Raramuri, who have been moving through the formidable topography of northern Mexico’s Copper Canyon region for half a millennium. Before committing to what by anyone’s standards would be an inadvisable move, I found myself wondering: Just how did they manage to chisel that diminutive series of steps into sheer rock hundreds of feet above the Rio San Ignacio, which flows through Tararecua Canyon? Four days before, Jay Scott, a longtime hiking chum, and I had embarked upon what we thought would be a relatively straightforward trek into the depths of some of…

THAT WAS FLEETING: TWITTER KILLS OFF EPHEMERAL MESSAGES

THAT WAS FLEETING: TWITTER KILLS OFF EPHEMERAL MESSAGES

Twitter is disappearing its disappearing tweets, called fleets, after they didn’t catch on. The company began testing tweets that vanish after 24 hours last March in Brazil. Fleets were designed to allay the concerns of new users who might be turned off by the public and permanent nature of normal tweets. “However, we haven’t seen an increase in the amount of new people joining the conversation with Fleets like we hoped,” Twitter said in a statement this week. “So as of August 3, Fleets will no longer be available on Twitter.” Kayvon Beykpour, head of consumer product at Twitter, stressed that this is part of how the company works. “(Big) bets are risky and speculative, so by definition a number of them won’t work,” he tweeted. “If we’re not having to wind down features…

THE MINDSET OF A CHAMPION

THE MINDSET OF A CHAMPION

This might be the toughest test Lewis Hamilton has faced in Formula 1 for some time. How to win a fifth consecutive world championship, which would make a record eight in total, against a resurgent Red Bull team resolutely focused on denying him the satisfaction? Max Verstappen is super quick, hungry and bang in form. The RB16B is fast, consistent, reliable – exactly the sort of tool Verstappen has longed for. Conversely, Mercedes’ W12 sometimes looks a bit wayward, unstable and difficult to tame. Certainly, it’s nowhere near as dominant as its predecessor. After a strong run of early races: victory from behind in Bahrain, recovering brilliantly to second at Imola, winning from behind (again) in Portugal and again (comfortably) in Spain, Hamilton suddenly has his hands full. Either the tyres aren’t…

KNOW YOUR SEWING MACHINE BETTER

KNOW YOUR SEWING MACHINE BETTER

READ YOUR SEWING MACHINE MANUAL A sewing machine manual can be more than 100 pages long, which is overwhelming to read when all you really want to do is sew. But give it a skim and you might be surprised what you'll learn! Here are a few important categories to start with that will ensure that you’re using your machine correctly and know what it’s capable of doing. • The names and functions of the machine parts and buttons • The stitches you have and their required presser feet • How to thread your machine and which direction the thread should come off the spool • Suggested needle/thread pairings • How to wind the bobbin and insert it in your machine • How to change a needle and the presser foot • Troubleshooting tips, including how to fix…

European Latitudes

European Latitudes

Wander through cut-stone archways and under massive old wood beams. Pause to take in a lifetime’s worth of collected pieces—furnishings, art, objects. Pass through intricately hand-carved doors to a stone-tiled patio where azure water laps near gently swaying fan palms. Absorb the best of old-world Mediterranean beauty—half a world away in the hills near Austin. “The homeowner, Sharon Michie, is an avid traveler, and this home is inspired by her experiences and the places she’s fallen in love with in France and Spain,” architect Ryan Street says. “The scale and proportions are all drawn from what you’d expect in a Mediterranean hill town. But this is also Texas. It wouldn’t work to copy a home on the Mediterranean coast and plop it down in Austin.” Instead, Street began with a vision of…

When Brand Building Gets Personal

When Brand Building Gets Personal

What’s the difference between building a brand behind the scenes and building one inspired by your own needs? Dany Garcia is learning that now. She’s typically known as the woman fueling massive companies—as Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s manager and business partner, cofounder of the multi-platform production company Seven Bucks Productions, and the first female owner of a major professional sports league in the U.S. (she co-owns the XFL). But now she has launched a brand designed to solve her own problem: She is a professional woman and a bodybuilder, wants clothing that can work for her all day, and believes it’s an underserved market ready to explode. So now Garcia is taking what she learned from growing other people’s brands and applying it to her own. Her clothing line is called…

WALK THE LINE

DEAN WHITE Kisa, Mr Go’s, Ombra Dean White started 2016 with a love of good food and a tonne of ambition. The born-and-bred Wellingtonian had been working in Auckland for most of that year, learning the restaurant ropes from the founders of Bird on a Wire and helping them to open their Ponsonby Central branch. “The plan was to bring the concept to Wellington,” says Dean, who fell in love with the chicken-based eatery on a visit to Auckland. But then plans changed and the founders decided to consolidate their brand in the upper North Island rather than heading south. Dean headed home with plans to either find a job doing what he’d previously been doing (sales repping for a food company) or strike out on his own. The latter won out. “All I’ve ever wanted to…

WALK THE LINE

Setting the Record Straight

“I was a very political kid—the kind that throws rocks at Israeli soldiers and fantasizes about liberating Palestine,” Sama’ Abdulhadi says via Zoom from her childhood bedroom, lifting a hand to toss a tangle of dark hair behind her shoulder. Her phone tips to the side as she does this, revealing the terraced cityscape of Ramallah through an open window. Today, the 30-year-old Palestinian DJ finds herself at the heart of a far more complex cultural struggle than her childhood self could ever have imagined: She is awaiting trial on charges of desecrating a holy site and disrespecting religious symbols. Late one afternoon last December, Abdulhadi, a fixture on the West Bank party scene since her teenage years, began a five-hour set at the Nabi Musa, an ancient stone compound in…

Setting the Record Straight
Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Karen Gomyo Violinist I’ve been getting back in touch with things I used to listen to, and really connecting to a place of pure joy. I remember falling in love with Plácido Domingo as an artist when I was 11, going to my first opera at The Metropolitan Opera. So I’ve been indulging myself in a recording of Verdi’s Otello, that first opera. I have a DVD of it that I absolutely love, with Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa, the Royal Opera Orchestra and Georg Solti. As a young violinist I collected all possible recordings I could get my hands on of 20th-century violinists. There’s one in particular that I really love, called 20 Great Violinists Play 20 Masterpieces; and if I had to choose one violinist on there, it would be…

WILL SECRET FILES REVEAL THE TRUTH?

Bombshell documents about Ghislaine Maxwell’s private life could reveal damning details about her relationship with the Clintons and Prince Andrew. This month, a federal judge in the United States ruled that the secret files would be unsealed. The documents are part of a batch of material gathered by Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s legal team, who allege that Maxwell recruited her when she was just 16 as a sex slave, taking her to Jeffrey Epstein to be repeatedly raped and abused. Until July 2020, British socialite Maxwell lived a life of privilege, consorting with the upper echelons of society and getting exactly what she wanted, when she wanted it. She became entangled with millionaire financier Epstein in the early ’90s, travelling the world with him and partying with celebrities, politicians like former US President…

WILL SECRET FILES REVEAL THE TRUTH?
HOW HAD I SURVIVED?

HOW HAD I SURVIVED?

Hearing a knock on the front door, I leapt to my feet, legs shaking with nerves. ‘This is it,’ I thought. It was March 2009 and, aged 21, I was about to meet my birth mum for the first time. I’d been adopted at two months old, and while I adored my wonderful parents Barbara, then 51, and Warren, 55, I’d always been curious about my birth mum. ‘I just want to know how I came to be here,’ I’d told them when I was 18. They were so understanding and it had been easy to track my birth mum down. Through the adoption agency, I learnt she was called Tonya Glasby and she lived a one-hour flight away. They put me in touch with her and, to begin with, we…

OVERREACHING VS. OVERTRAINING

For many people, being an athlete or chasing athletic goals is all about challenging ourselves. Just like anything in life, this pursuit requires balance. Navigating whether to approach training with rest or resolve can be one of the most challenging conundrums for athletes. Some athletes are ‘pushers.’ They always do more work, and without appropriate instruction, they can drive themselves into the ground. These people often end up exhausted or injured. Other athletes are timid. They err on the side of rest, and they tend to skip workouts at the slight sign of fatigue. Neither of these athletes are reaching their full potential. We have to meet somewhere in the middle. In order to inspire fitness gains, it is important to push into fatigue in a controlled manner. This teaches the body to adapt…

OVERREACHING VS. OVERTRAINING
Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition

NOPE, I’M NOT SOLD ON THE WING. Or the wheel design, and neither the mix of gloss carbon, satin paint and matt stripes, or those modish diamondcut wheels. Oops, did I say that out loud? Sorry. Unintentional. These things are entirely subjective, of course. You may feel differently, and you’re entirely free to do so. But ‘F1 Edition’ – really? The obvious conclusion is that this is a special edition timed to coincide with Seb and Lance’s weekend wheels turning green. As manufacturers struggle to shift expensive new high-performance cars, every opportunity has to be capitalised upon to shift more metal. Actually, while your cynicism might point you in that direction, the above really is not the case; I can only encourage you to read on, because this is one special…

Smoke Eaters on the Front Lines

Smoke Eaters on the Front Lines

Jonas Smith and his crew drive into the west face of the August Complex Fire in California’s Mendocino National Forest. They’re in Squad 40, a Ford F550 outfitted with a 300-gallon water tank and a cache of firefighting tools, including axes, Pulaskis, chainsaws, and portable fire pumps. It’s a specialized vehicle known to firefighters as a Type 6, or “brush truck”. Smith is the engine boss of a three-man crew of wildland firefighters that are conducting roving operations in search of spot fires. These small flare-ups spread across the forest floor the way paper burns—sharp lines of flame and ember eat their way across virgin material and leave nothing but ash in their wake. Though they start small, spot fires can climb the trunks of trees and quickly engulf the forest…

NO RULES? NO, RULES

NO RULES? NO, RULES

MAYBE IT’S FOR THE best that I never had the talent to be an NHL player. Because everything that we’ve seen in terms of how the game is called speaks to an undeniable truth: you can get away with pretty much anything, as long as it’s in the playoffs. Officiating and “game management” have been on the hot seat all year long, with the Tim Peel firestorm setting off a debate on what the role of referees should be in an NHL game: are they on the ice to strictly enforce the rulebook, or do they have a license to massage the flow of action as they see fit? I’m getting a little flowery with my language here, so let’s just strip it down to that great hockey cliché: “Let the players…

THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY?

THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY?

A lot has changed since the 1990s. That’s when Alex Belser, then an undergrad at Georgetown University, first found a book about LSD psychotherapy. Back then, hardly anyone was talking positively about psychedelics. The U.S. had recently passed a string of strict anti-drug and crime bills, extending the war on drugs that President Richard Nixon started in 1971. By the late 1990s, medical and industry investment in the field was virtually nonexistent. Two decades — and several degrees — later, Belser has read far more about psychedelics in medicine. He’s also published his own peer-reviewed papers, guided dozens of patients safely through medically sanctioned trips and advised corporations that are suddenly pouring millions of dollars into the promise of psychedelic-assisted therapy. A recent market report from Financial News Media projected the industry…

DELIVERY APPS EXPAND REACH TO MEET CUSTOMER DEMANDS

DELIVERY APPS EXPAND REACH TO MEET CUSTOMER DEMANDS

Spurred by skyrocketing consumer demand during the pandemic, restaurant delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats are rapidly expanding their services to grocers, convenience stores, pharmacies, pet stores and even department stores. This week, Uber Eats unveiled its newest delivery option: flowers. Uber Eats will let users order flowers directly from its app as part of a partnership with ProFlowers, an FTD subsidiary. Flower delivery will be offered first in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and a few other U.S. cities; it will be available nationwide by early next year. “If we can deliver your burrito in 30 minutes or deliver your ice cream still frozen, we should be able to deliver anything in under an hour,” said Fuad Hannon, the head of new verticals at DoorDash. “The technology makes that…

“There’s a beauty to vulnerability and an honesty. I love being able to push beyond boundaries”

“There’s a beauty to vulnerability and an honesty. I love being able to push beyond boundaries”

If we want to practise yoga, we need to let ourselves be uncomfortable, argues Jessamyn Stanley. Against the backdrop of the yoga industry, where it can seem like “it’s only for thin, white, wealthy, traditionally educated, able bodied, heterosexual people, she is known for busting these stereotypes just by getting up in the morning and being herself. But it may surprise you that the first time this now yogi, author, teacher and podcaster, beloved of thousands around the world, tried yoga, aged 16, in her home state of North Carolina, she decided that “yoga was not for me, or my body.” It was in her early twenties, after a bad period of depression, that she went back to yoga, thanks to a friend. Jessamyn left that second class feeling better…

10 super-wow things to do with painter’s tape

1 DIY a giant calendar. On a bare wall, make a grid that has seven squares across and six squares going down using ScotchBlue Sharp Lines Painter’s Tape (the Edge-Lock technology seals out paint to deliver sharp paint lines). Fill in with chalkboard or dry-erase paint. Once paint is dry, add events and to-dos with colorful chalk or dry-erase markers. 2Give a chair a dipped look. Tape off the top half of all four legs, then paint the bottoms—seriously cute. 3 Make shelving stand out. Paint only the edges of open shelving. Place strips of painter’s tape on the areas above and below before you do it. After, prepare for compliments. 4 Paint a faux headboard. Redecorate your bedroom without spending big bucks. Just outline the shape of a headboard on the wall…

10 super-wow things to do with painter’s tape

ADOPTING USED TO BE A GOOD THING THAT GOOD PEOPLE COULD DO. THESE DAYS, YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH. IT’S A DOG’S MARKET

It was a rainy Sunday in June, and Danielle had fallen in love. The 23-year-old paralegal spent the first part of her afternoon in McCarren Park, envying the happy dog owners with their furry companions. Then she stumbled upon an adoption event in a North Brooklyn beer garden, where a beagle mix being paraded out of the rescue van reminded her of the dog she grew up with, Snickers. It all felt like fate, so she filled out an application on the spot. She was then joined by her best friend and roommate, Alexa, in sitting across from a serious-looking young woman with a ponytail who was searching for a reason to break her heart. Danielle and Alexa were confident they would be leaving with Millie that day: After all, they had…

ADOPTING USED TO BE A GOOD THING THAT GOOD PEOPLE COULD DO. THESE DAYS, YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH. IT’S A DOG’S MARKET
MYTHS & FACTS

MYTHS & FACTS

As vegans, we care where our food comes from, but how do we tell what’s sustainable and what isn’t? HOW MUCH ENERGY IS NEEDED TO MAKE FOOD? If you’re vegan, your carbon footprint is quite small (unless you’re a fan of flying). It’s simple – we eat plants and products made from them, which is a very uncomplicated equation. If those plants are grown near you or in the same country, it’s the best scenario – your environmental impact is low and your food choices are sustainable. If your food is grown on the same continent, that’s also a reasonably good choice and then the further afield you go, the higher the environmental cost of your food is likely to be because of how far it has had to travel. Having said that,…

How to… train to your heart

How to… train to your heart

Imagine there was a way that you could train to improve your fitness, get faster and run further, all while reducing your risk of injury, and without even having to run at a set pace. You’d probably think it all sounds too good to be true, but this is the promise of training by heart rate zones. And if you do it correctly, you can achieve great results. Put very simply, heart rate training means forgetting the pace you’re running at and instead focusing on your heart rate while you run. We’ve all experienced the runs where a pace that felt easy a few weeks ago suddenly feels much harder to hit. There can be several factors at play here including the weather and how much sleep you’ve had. Heart rate…

10 TIPS TO TAME YOUR TEMPER

Do you fume when someone cuts you off in traffic? Does your blood pressure rocket when your child refuses to cooperate? Anger is a normal and even healthy emotion — but it’s important to deal with it in a positive way. Uncontrolled anger can take a toll on both your health and your relationships. READY TO GET YOUR ANGER UNDER CONTROL? START BY CONSIDERING THESE 10 ANGER MANAGEMENT TIPS. 1. THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to say something you’ll later regret. Take a few moments to collect your thoughts before saying anything — and allow others involved in the situation to do the same. 2. ONCE YOU’RE CALM, EXPRESS YOUR ANGER As soon as you’re thinking clearly, express your frustration in an assertive but nonconfrontational way. State your…

10 TIPS TO TAME YOUR TEMPER

A sportsbike for the times

By 8.30pm the UK’s car drivers are safely plonked on their sofas for the night, munching through Love Island and chocolate digestives. Time for me and the Supersport S to trickle quietly out of the village to catch the last hour of sunlight for our last ride. Tomorrow the bike’s going back to Ducati and I’m going to miss the sensible yet saucy Italian. After 1500 miles I still haven’t tired of the way it manages to be racey enough to let me recapture my sportsbike youth without cricking my neck, back or driving licence. Every evening sortie is a mixture of exhilaration and relief. The first part of my route isn’t the Ducati’s favourite though – it’s a rattly B-road with a toxic mixture of sketchy surface, bumps and undulations. It’s…

A sportsbike for the times

The Rise of the Zoom Town

MUCH HAS BEEN made of the Covid-era exodus to Lake Tahoe, Martha’s Vineyard, or Aspen. White-collar workers, freed of the constraints of the office, decamped for more skiing- and hiking-friendly climates—the pandemic’s Zoom Towns. The locals were annoyed. The labor market was reordered. American life changed irrevocably. Or so the story goes. But more recent data suggests that Zoom Town USA looks a lot more like Alameda County, California, across the bay from San Francisco. Eighteen percent of those who moved out of San Francisco in 2020 landed there, just a subway, bus, or ferry ride away. Ditto for smaller cities surrounding Boston: Natick, Worcester, and Weymouth. According to US Postal Service data crunched by the real estate firm CBRE, those who picked up stakes during the pandemic were less likely to…

The Rise of the Zoom Town

GET BEESY WITH IT!

If there’s anything better on a hot, homemade biscuit than butter and fresh, raw honey, I haven’t figured out what it is yet. And trust me, I’ve been trying for a long time! For some rural Americans, the only thing better than tasting honey on a biscuit is actually making that honey themselves—more accurately, raising and keeping bees to make that honey. Beekeeping is quite popular throughout the United States, and producing honey for yourself, family and friends is a satisfying act of self-sufficiency that is quite appealing to many. Besides, bees are important for pollinating garden plants and crops. James Deming of Tulsa, Oklahoma, knows more about bees and making honey than anyone else I know. After starting as a hobbyist who just wanted to have bees around to pollinate…

GET BEESY WITH IT!
DNA and Personal Identity

DNA and Personal Identity

Q My DNA doesn’t match who I thought I was. What do I do now? A DNA testing is meant to give us insight into who we are and where we came from—to anchor us in a culture and a history and a location that provides stability and context to our lives. But often, it becomes the catalyst for a serious examination of our sense of identity. Instead of turning to childhood memories of Grandma’s secret pasta recipe or stories of our ancestor’s adventures in ancient cities, we ask our DNA to help us know who we are. That means, when we see unexpected results in our supposedly irrefutable DNA test, we are faced with the need to reconcile what we thought about not just our heritage, but our very selves. With that…

A Whisky Room of Your Own

A Whisky Room of Your Own

Shut out of bars by the pandemic, whisky lovers are bringing their passion to life in their own homes by building whisky rooms. Fusing the functionality of a cellar with the atmosphere of a club, whisky rooms are a space not only to store your whisky, but also to hang out and sip. They come in all shapes, styles, and sizes. “I had a very specific feel I wanted for my room—something with a very early 20th century-hotel feel to it,” says Nicholas Pagan, who finished his whisky room at his home in Morgan Hill, California last August. His space, which he calls “The Parlor,” has early 1900s hotel-style furniture sourced from online retailer Wayfair to suit the space and aesthetic. Pagan had a fairly easy time procuring the furniture, which was…

The Best Sirloin Tip Roast

DISHING WITH James Schend TOH Deputy Editor, Culinary Sirloin tip roast is a super flavorful, yet still fairly lean cut of meat. I like to grill it slowly over indirect heat, mopping frequently with a red wine sauce. It turns out delicious! Try a Little Tenderness For a wonderfully tender piece of meat, let the salt rub sit on the steak for 24 hours. After grilling, allow the roast to rest for 15 minutes before slicing it against the grain. Mop It Up! A mop sauce is a thin, flavored liquid that’s brushed onto meat several times during cooking to add flavor and to combat the dry heat. The result is a moist, tender roast with a slightly caramelized outside. Red, Red Wine… You don’t need to break the bank on the red wine for the mop sauce, but…

The Best Sirloin Tip Roast

Jennifer, Oh Jenny

During the third season of American Idol auditions, a young Jennifer Hudson strolls in sporting a black sleeveless dress and a sunny smile. The Chicago native, then 23 years old, announces that she will be singing “Share Your Love with Me,” popularized by Aretha Franklin, to slight skepticism from judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. (“We’re going to expect something better than a cruise-ship performance, right?” Jackson inquires after it is revealed that Hudson just wrapped up a job on a Disney cruise line.) Not one minute later, the trio are visibly stunned by her moving rendition, which blew the roof off the building. Jackson even goes so far as to declare that she is “absolutely brilliant, the best singer I’ve heard so far,” and they unanimously decide…

Jennifer, Oh Jenny

PRODUCING ON HEADPHONES

It’s a debate that pits two friendly foes against one another, siblings with opposite personalities. Both are built for the same purpose, yet they're continually placed in opposition in a debate that shows no sign of subsiding. So, how best to answer the question of which is best for mixing – speakers or headphones? Speak to a mixing engineer, or a producer with an expensive studio, and they will most likely tell you that while headphones have their place and moment in the mixing process, the majority of the time you should be working with monitor speakers. And, if tradition is anything to go by, they are right. The vast majority of records in the music history rolodex were birthed from monitors, hurtling through the air and into the eardrums and…

PRODUCING ON HEADPHONES
The perfect medicine for LOVE

The perfect medicine for LOVE

Six years ago, Dr Corin Storkey was stuck in the dull corporate grind at a pharmaceutical company in Sydney – in a job that left him unfulfilled, single and diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. He was lacking passion in his life. That was until he booked a trip to Peru; an experience that changed his life forever. Once in Peru, along came Sally Huapaya, a beautiful Peruvian woman who grew up with the spiritual traditions of the Inca people. Sally was also in the corporate world, working at a bank, and had a tertiary education in engineering. The pair connected on so many levels. After a short time, Corin opened up and explained his chronic fatigue condition and the effect that had on his libido. “In my culture, there is not even…

Why my disabled son makes me the PROUDEST MUM

The moment you learn your child is disabled, life begins to move with unstoppable speed in a different direction. Yes, there’s grief, but you come to are successes and adventures you’d never have known otherwise. And a disability doesn’t have to define your family – despite the challenges, my son’s zest for life makes me feel like the luckiest mum and I wouldn’t change a thing about him. My pregnancy with Marcus was perfectly straightforward. In fact, we joke that it was the only part of his life that’s been normal. I’d chosen not to have any genetic screenings during pregnancy, and had a water birth in October 2004. Marcus weighed a healthy 7lb 15oz and it was wonderful to bring home a baby boy, as me and my husband Gary,…

Why my disabled son makes me the PROUDEST MUM

Embracing controlled chaos

There’s no more exciting time for Ginger Poulson than draft time. The amateur scouting analyst for the Blue Jays believes it would be hard not to love something when you’re working on it year-round, nonstop. But heading into her fourth draft as a member of the Toronto organization, the excitement continues to build. “The draft is such a fun experience,” Poulson said. “It’s probably my favorite time of the year, and the draft room is one of my favorite places in the world. “It’s a culmination of so many people’s work that spans for months, even years. Seeing how we value the information from everyone in the room and really collaborate to create that great process is such a cool experience.” Poulson understands the plethora of factors accounting for the organization’s draft process,…

Embracing controlled chaos
OUTDOOR CINEMA: HOW TO SET UP AN OUTDOOR PROJECTOR IN YOUR GARDEN

OUTDOOR CINEMA: HOW TO SET UP AN OUTDOOR PROJECTOR IN YOUR GARDEN

Setting up an outdoor cinema in your own backyard is a lot easier than you think. Outdoor projectors start at reasonable prices and even the most affordable models offer huge picture potential. Built-in sound systems and makeshift projection surfaces can keep things within budget, but for proper AV quality, try dedicated speakers and an outdoor projector screen. This is outdoor cinema, though. Light pollution may be beyond your control and even big speakers can sound small in the open air. Striving for projection perfection will lead only to frustration. Instead, work with your settings – don’t blow a fuse trying to fight the elements. Picking a garden cinema set-up is about identifying the features you need, choosing the right equipment, being mindful of your budget and staying on the right side of…

PANDEMIC-PROOF LUXURY

PANDEMIC-PROOF LUXURY

Sweeping away years of scepticism around online sales, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the auction world into an incredible phase of experimentation last year. In a bid to find newer ways to connect with their clients amidst a global health crisis, luxury auction houses took a massive digital leap with record sales in 2020. According to Mercury Project, a Switzerland-based research firm, the five big auction houses — Antiquorum, Bonhams, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips — clocked a revenue of CHF 316 million against all odds last year. “As the world started to shut down in March, we were not sure how the luxury watch market would respond to the pandemic, but we soon realised that our clients were still hungry for watches. They wanted to buy from the confines of their homes.…

Can CATS Predict EARTHQUAKES?

Can CATS Predict EARTHQUAKES?

Our planet quakes thousands of times a year, but we still can’t predict exactly when and where earthquakes will strike. What if animals’ odd behavior could warn us? Ancient Greeks told a story about how mice, weasels, snakes, and centipedes ran off days before a terrible earthquake. And people still claim that animals act weird before earthquakes hit. Dogs keep on barking. Cows stop making milk. Toads jump out of ponds. From 2009 to 2012, scientists videoed ants living in an active earthquake area. They found the ants were more active at night instead of during the day in the hours before an earthquake. Researchers have reviewed hundreds of reports like this, but most were just anecdotes—single observations that cannot be tested or repeated. Where’s the Proof? San Francisco geologist Jim Berkland predicted quakes…

All in the FAMILY

Childhood surfing holidays spent with their father on the NSW South Coast were fresh in their memories when brothers Luke and Jay Baldwin bought this four-bedroom 1950s bungalow in 2018. Two hours’ drive from Sydney, it would be the ideal weekender and getaway from their busy working lives. However, for these professional green thumbs – Luke is a landscape architect and Jay is a landscape construction manager, at Formed Gardens – their design flair never goes on holiday, as this home reveals. That sense of style extends both inside and out, the two melding into a seamless whole. When they first sighted the cottage, it was a humble fibro, tellingly described by the real-estate ads as a “DIY delight”. The house was the victim of a renovation abandoned midway by the previous…

All in the FAMILY
“When We Save Quiet We Save Everything Else”

“When We Save Quiet We Save Everything Else”

AFTER THE GREAT QUIET descended during the COVID-19 lockdown, we saw what the power of silence could do—to our over-stimulated brains and to the natural world. It was so quiet from March to May 2020, that scientists determined this “seismic silence” to be the longest period of quiet in recorded history. While we might have become more creative, whales migrated closer to shore due to the lack of ship noise interfering with their sound location, wildlife were free to roam—a puma sauntered through Chile’s deserted capital city, coyotes were spotted near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge—and in New York City, residents heard more birds than traffic. But as the world reopens and airplane engine roars increase can we keep the last quiet places…well, quiet? On a Quiet Quest Gordon Hempton, the Sound Tracker, hopes…

The Way We Buy Wine Now

IN THE ONLINE I-WANT-IT-NOW WORLD, you can get almost anything you want any time you want. Push a button, fill out a form, and there at your door are dish towels and diamonds (4.1 carats, $75,960, yours on Amazon), cat food and caviar and chopsticks (why not LED light-saber ones, while you’re at it?). I needed some touch-up paint for my car not long ago: It came to me second-day from Russia. Feeling bored and lonely? A virtual friend on replika.ai might help. Just feeling straight-up weird? Overnight yourself a Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor from xyzreptiles.com, and throw in some frozen mice for good measure. But surprisingly, when it comes to “almost anything,” one of the few things that can actually be hard to get online is wine. Thanks to the…

The Way We Buy Wine Now
We Were There

We Were There

Gupta refutes the gesture of erasure, confirming the presence of these men and the culture of cruising that was a part of Delhi. On November 26, 1982, the Guardian, in its Third World Review section, ran a piece with the startling headline “They Dare Not Speak Its Name in Delhi: Sunil Gupta on the Secret Suffering of India’s Homosexual Community.” At the time, being gay in India was still illegal, as decreed by Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, instituted in 1861 during the British rule of India. “One of the best kept secrets in India is the practice of homosexuality, although there is no lack of practitioners from all social classes,” Gupta writes, noting the constant “fear of discovery” and that Indian society “requires the individual to dedicate his/her…

6 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PERIOD LESS PAINFUL

It’s a pretty common scenario: You, on the couch, clutching a pillow, cursing your cramps. In fact, dysmenorrhea (the scientific term for pain associated with menstruation) affects about half of all women who get their period for at least one or two days each month. But discomfort doesn’t have to be a regular occurrence. Follow these strategies to keep you feeling strong and healthy all month long. 1 GET AHEAD “Most period cramps are caused by an overproduction or oversensitivity to the hormone prostaglandin", explains Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynaecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine in the US. “Prostaglandins help the uterine muscles contract, but they can also cause other muscles like those in the gut to contract, causing pain as well as diarrhoea…

6 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PERIOD LESS PAINFUL

No-Bake

Rainbow Fruit Ice Pops Serve up a taste of sunshine with these layered frozen delights that are bursting with fruity freshness 1 cup raspberries1/2 cup coconut water1 Tbs. lemon juice2 Tbs. agave syrup6 (1 cup) ice pop molds with handles or paper drinking cups and wooden ice pop sticks2 peaches, peeled, pitted, sliced1/2 cup orange juice1 Tbs. lime juice4 kiwi, peeled, sliced1/2 cup pineapple juice In blender, puree raspberries with coconut water, lemon juice and 1 Tbs. agave syrup until smooth. Evenly divide mixture among ice pop molds or drinking cups. Freeze at least 1 hr. Rinse blender. In blender, puree peaches, orange juice, lime juice and remaining 1 Tbs. agave syrup until smooth. Pour over raspberry layers in molds. Freeze at least 1 hr. Rinse blender. Puree kiwi and pineapple juice until smooth. Pour…

No-Bake
DEBUNKING 3 OF THE MOST COMMON MEDICAL MYTHS

DEBUNKING 3 OF THE MOST COMMON MEDICAL MYTHS

1. VEGANS DON’T GET ENOUGH PROTEIN. A vegan diet is one completely devoid of all animal products, ranging from red meat to eggs and even milk. One myth that has been perpetuated throughout our culture is that this type of diet would not offer enough protein to satisfy our daily requirement, and that animal-based protein is needed for survival. Some of the largest land mammals are completely herbivorous, which vegans argue is a testament that eating animals is not necessary for survival, stature, or muscle integrity. Humans require 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. This equates to about 56 grams for an average 70 kilogram (154 lbs.) person. By substituting animal products with protein-rich beans such as pinto beans, lentils, and edamame, soybean-based products, and other protein-rich foods,…

Can Science Cure Death? It Sure Looks Like It.

Can Science Cure Death? It Sure Looks Like It.

NICK SARAEV IS 25 YEARS OLD, FAR TOO YOUNG, IT WOULD seem, to be thinking about death. And yet, since he turned 21, he has taken steps to prevent the infirmities of old age. Every day, he takes 2,000 mg of fish oil and 4,000 IU of vitamin D to help prevent heart disease and other ailments. He steams or pressure-cooks most of his meals because, he says, charring meats creates chemicals that may increase the risk of cancer. And in the winter, he keeps the humidity of his home at 35 percent, because dry air chaps his skin and makes him cough, both of which he considers manifestations of chronic inflammation, which may be bad for longevity. Based on the life expectancies of young men in North America, Saraev, a…

The Urban Exodus

The Urban Exodus

City dwellers experienced a once-in-a-generation collective primal urge last year: escape. Like Roman aristocrats and wealthy Londoners during plague pandemics of yore, many of us chose to head for the healthful air of the countryside. Those who lacked a well-appointed bolt-hole urged their brokers to acquire one pronto, sparking bidding wars in spacious suburbs and resort towns such as the Hamptons. Sales of South Fork homes priced at more than $2 million rose 156 percent in the last quarter of 2020 compared to the previous year, while one village, Quogue, saw an increase of 388 percent, according to Corcoran. Some ex-urbanites have enrolled children in local schools and plan to stay put indefinitely. Snowbirds who used to migrate annually to Florida hot spots such as Boca Raton are now feathering permanent…