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Margaret Atwood: Gabrielle Roy, in nine parts

Gabrielle Roy walking on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, circa 1956. (Photograph from “Album Gabrielle Roy”, from Francois Ricard)<p>GABRIELLE ROY, …

Literature

Why These 6 Religious Groups Wear What They Wear

It's more than a piece of cloth.<p>Clothing worn by religious leaders and people of devout faith often is much more than a fashion statement. A simple robe can make a Buddhist monk feel closer to Buddha, while a modest sweater can help a Mormon missionary project a professional image as she …

Professor says he found Nefertiti’s secret tomb in what could be ‘the biggest archaeological discovery ever made’

Nefertiti — she’s an ancient Egyptian queen and the source of a fantastic mystery regarding the iconic remnants of long-lost royalty.<p>For decades, …

The Economics of California's Drought

What happens when the country's largest state runs low on water?<p>As the U.S. Northeast emerges from yet another snowstorm, California has just concluded its hottest winter ever, registering average temperatures 4.4 degrees warmer than the state's 20th-century average. Warm temperatures and clear …

Farmland Without Farmers

As industrial agriculture replaces men with machines, the American landscape loses its stewards, and the culture they built.<p>The landscapes of our country are now virtually deserted. In the vast, relatively flat acreage of the Midwest now given over exclusively to the production of corn and …

Income for life: Eight things you may not know about annuities

People are finally showing some curiosity about the annuity option for retirement planning. I've been writing about life annuities for years, but it was only with a column published here two weeks ago that readers began asking a lot of questions about how these generators of income-for-life work …

Retirement

Why you should give Patricia Arquette a break

Patricia Arquette is not Gloria Steinem or Sheryl Sandberg. She is an actress. That is all.<p>Patricia Arquette won an Academy Award for her performance …

Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better

Don't lament the lost days of cutting your fingers on pristine new novels or catching a whiff of that magical, transportive old book smell just yet! A slew of recent studies shows that print books are still popular, even among millennials. What's more: further research suggests that this trend may …

Why SeaWorld Can't and Shouldn't Float: Censorship and Business Ethics

SeaWorld would have us believe that they are a stellar corporate citizen, committed to research, education and the welfare of not only the cetaceans in their facilities, but of all who live in the ocean. They argue that they are being unfairly targeted by environmental extremists, animal rights …

Indian spiced butternut soup in the slow cooker

Come home to a warm and inviting house filled with savory smells and this easy soup ready for dinner. Serve with a dollop of yogurt swirled on top …

The best day trips from London

You don't need a rental car or expert map-reading skills to escape from London. The British capital's mainline train stations connect to dozens of intriguing day-trip destinations – each just a leisurely weave away via the patchwork countryside.<p>Start at thetrainline.com to peruse your options and …

Tips for making the switch to a plant-based diet

The overarching reasons for adopting a vegan diet don't get talked about enough – especially by nutritionists like myself. Not only is it good for individual health, a shift toward a plant-based diet is vital for the future health of the planet. Even eating meat-free one day each week can make a …

Why the man who brought us the glycemic index wants us to go vegan

In 1981, a plain-speaking, unassuming scientist at the University of Toronto published with his colleagues a meticulous list that ranked foods according to the effect they had on blood sugar. The goal was to better understand the role of carbohydrates in managing diabetes. But the effect was more …

The Fictional Lives of the Crawleys and Windsors

Queen Elizabeth, like Hugh Bonneville, is a master thespian outshining their supporting casts.<p>LONDON - Between them, the Royal Family and <i>Downton …

Canadian snowbirds: Rules you need to know

There could soon be changes to the rules that affect U.S.-bound Canadian snowbirds.<p>A Canada-U.S. agreement is in the works to share information on …

Canada

38 Things I've Learned to Let Go of in 38 Years

Last year, to celebrate another trip around the sun, I wrote a birthday blog called "37 Life Lessons in 37 Years." It was reminiscent of my life's biggest successes, "failures," learning experiences, and opportunities for growth condensed into little life-lesson nuggets. To my humble surprise, it …

Curried lentil and sweet potato stew

Serve this sweet and spicy vegetarian stew over basmati or brown rice and top with yogurt and lots of fresh cilantro for a comforting, hearty …

The Power of Vulnerability

For years whenever I had a problem with someone in my life, I would respond with strength.<p>If my partner did something that bothered me, I'd tell them why they should change.<br>• If my boss did something I thought was stupid, I'd point out why it was a bad idea.<br>• If I met some at a party and I thought …

Simon de Montfort: The turning point for democracy that gets overlooked

<b>In June the world will celebrate 800 years since the issuing of Magna Carta. But 2015 is also the anniversary of another important, and far more radical, milestone in British democratic history, writes Luke Foddy.</b><p>Almost exactly 750 years ago, an extraordinary parliament opened in Westminster.<p>For …

Downton Abbey’s Alarming Adoption Plot

As an adoptive parent, I felt for the family that had loved the baby and lost her. There was scarcely a mention that Edith’s change of heart would …

Downton Abbey Devotees: On friends, platonic and otherwise

Our weekly panel analyzes the country-house soap opera: season 5, episode 3<p><i>Lords and ladies,</i><p><i>We bid you welcome to our weekly blog, Downton Abbey</i> …

See 50 Years of David Bowie's Hairstyles in 5 Seconds

World Cup<p>The least red-white-and-blue (if you don’t count Russia!) major sporting event in our time will be the most chaotic, entertaining, and …

Dullsville Comes to Downton Abbey

Three Atlantic staffers discuss the premiere of the fifth season, which has the estate in status quo.<p>Every week for the fifth season of PBS's period drama <i>Downton Abbey</i>, Joe Reid, Sophie Gilbert, and Katie Kilkenny will discuss the intrigues, upstairs and downstairs, of public television's favorite …

Downton Abbey, Sex Comedy

The second episode of the fifth season featured a secret rendezvous, a seductive art historian, and a 1920s book on birth control.<p>Every week for the fifth season of PBS's period drama <i>Downton Abbey</i>, Joe Reid, Sophie Gilbert, and Katie Kilkenny will discuss the intrigues, upstairs and downstairs, of …

Under the Wide and Starry Sky: Author explores the art of wedlock

Marriage is a mystery, even to those who are in one. Magic when it's great, a nightmare when it's not, it rarely yields to analysis. And if it's difficult to decode from the inside, it's even harder from the outside when the little intimacies, slights, grievances and delights can only be guessed at …

Chickpea Soup: The Best Italian Comfort Soup EVER

Well dear readers, I'm thinking about doing a cookbook. But when I looked over my recipes, I realized I was missing a chickpea soup recipe, the kind you find in Italy.<p>Then the other day, lo and behold, Holly, my yoga teacher said, "I'm coming over and we are going to make chickpea soup." I don't …

Support Your Local Police, or Else

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chief of Police William Bratton should do the one thing they would never dare do to fix the attitude of their police force. They should fire a thousand cops.<p>In the midst of their hissy fit over the mayor's lack of adoration for the men and women in blue, the cops …