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How to Breathe (It Takes Some Work)

July 23, 2020
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“You cannot  be truly healthy unless you are breathing correctly.”

“If there’s some good to come out of Covid-19, it is that people are paying more attention to how they are breathing.”

Drawings by Brown Bird Design.

Clear congestion.

* Sit up straight, do...

Mexican President In U.S. With Weak Hand

July 9, 2020
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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico went to Washington to meet with President Trump. Photo Credit: Mexican Presidency, via Reuters.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador visited the U.S. on Wednesday, July 8th. He met with President Trump.


Saudi Arabia Cancels The Hajj Pilgrimage and Grief Rocks the Muslim World

June 25, 2020
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A handful of worshipers in Mecca’s Grand Mosque in April. Photo Credit: Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is a journey that all Muslims who can must make once in their lives. This...

The New Pandemic is Global Outrage at America

June 2, 2020
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Demonstrators marched in Berlin on Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Photo Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

What is the reason so many people around the world are taking to the streets? The death of 

What the Workers on the Front Line of the Coronavirus in New York City Are Eating

May 29, 2020
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Johnny Miller for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich.

Southern Macaroni and Cheese

There is macaroni and cheese. And then there is this macaroni and cheese.  This one begins with a milk-and-egg base, which gives the dish a rich, silky...

China Starts to Bully The World

May 26, 2020
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A screen showing China’s leader, Xi Jinping, during the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. Photo Credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters.

In the past year, thousands of people in Hong Kong have demonstrated against China. China has wanted to remove some Hong Kong...

Coronavirus Rules: How to Clean Your Home

May 14, 2020
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How to disinfect.

The coronavirus is now part of our lives. Cleaning your home is one thing you can do to fight the virus.

People are spraying and wiping what they see in their homes. Door knobs and faucet handles are primary targets...

How to Reopen Schools

May 12, 2020
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A high school junior, conducting a coronavirus test. Photo Credit: Emile Ducke for The New York Times

The school is in Germany. The 17-year-old girl walked into a tent six feet behind her classmates. She picked up the test kit. She inserted the...


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