The Summer of the Grandparents

Every summer, parents all over America pack up their children and send them to grandma and grandpa’s house for days and sometimes weeks. It is a tradition, a childcare solution, a time for generations to commune, and a time for moms and dads to get coveted alone time or fix the house the kids have … Continued

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Can Happiness and Despair Coexist?

Denmark is consistently rated the happiest country in the world.  Though the media have reported that this standing is based on certain economic and social factors, the United Nations Happiness Report is simply based on self-reporting of individuals’ subjective feeling of happiness. This is not nothing.  It’s good to feel happy.  But for a happy … Continued

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Almost on Vacation

Just back in D.C. after a vacation. But in a way, I was never quite gone. For years, our family has vacationed at an ancestral cabin on a lake in the Adirondacks. It’s big enough to host jet-skis, but small enough to swim across or run around. Meanwhile, the cabin has everything you need: running … Continued

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The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Wes Anderson’s Runaway Charm–WSJ Wes Anderson’s beguiling and endearing “Moonrise Kingdom,” set on a mythical island off the coast of New England in 1965, starts with kids in what appears to be an overgrown doll house, listening to Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” What’s going on here? The Illustrious History of … Continued

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The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Dress the Part: Girls—Vogue Costume designer Jenn Rogien did tons of research to get the slightly gritty world just right—even when that means putting a character in a tracksuit or a ratty V-neck—and her execution so far fits to a T. How to Enjoy Going to the Movies Again–NYT Magazine These are challenging times for cinephiles. The … Continued

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