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What a Hummingbird Home Looks Like

Zoom in on one of these teeny-tiny nests and 
take a tour of its artful structure.<p>Plus: Learn why the rufous hummingbird is the toughest bird on the …

Looking for a life-affirming new career? Become a 'death doula'

These end-of-life coaches are reimagining death and changing lives.<p>It's not easy to talk about death. It can be depressing and scary, and often …

New Jersey

The Death of a Parent Affects Even Grown Children Psychologically and Physically

Grief is both real and measurable. Scientists now know that the death or your father or mother will forever alter your brain chemistry and may also …

Psychology

Three pick-me-ups for hanging baskets | James Wong

Dilute aspirin solutions have been shown to help make ​plants more resilient to drought, heat, cold and even some pests<p>As this year’s scorching summer reaches its peak, a 10-minute “pick-me-up” this weekend could help keep your hanging baskets and windowboxes from flagging.<p>Unlike plants in open …

Gardening

Beyond Feeders: 5 More Ways to Attract Hummingbirds

What’s the relationship between spiderwebs and hummingbirds? Find out with these 5 tips to help you attract hummingbirds to your yard.<p>Like all birds, …

Gardening 101: Petunias

Petunia, <i>Petunia</i> x <i>atkinsiana</i><p>Once again it is time to give a salute and thanks for the many stalwart garden plants we have inherited from our southern …

Gardening

You Can Smell When Someone's Sick—Here's How

The curious case of a woman who can smell Parkinson’s reminds us our noses are our first defense against illness.<p>I’m sick, and I don’t smell right. I don’t mean that my nose isn’t working—though this cold has me stuffed up. Instead, my own body odor seems somehow different, sour and unfamiliar.<p>I’m …

The Princess and the Photographer

Britain thrilled to the 1960 wedding of Queen Elizabeth’s glamorous younger sister, Princess Margaret, and debonair photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones (soon to become Earl of Snowdon), the first commoner in four centuries to marry a king’s daughter. But while it seemed the 29-year-old Margaret had …

How to Change the Color of Hydrangeas

Can you change the colors of hydrangea flowers? It depends on your type of hydrangea and your soil pH. We’ll explain how to change color from blue to …

Gardening 101: Garlic

Garlic, <i>Allium sativum</i><p>Pungent garlic is one of the most satisfying crops to grow. From a single clove planted the previous autumn comes a full, fat …

The Most Romantic Small Towns in Europe

We know you love Paris, Venice, and Florence. Problem is, so does every other couple in the world. This Valentine’s Day—or on a romantic weekend away—seek out the quiet romance of these secluded small towns across Europe instead. This article was originally published in February, 2017. It has been …

European Travel

12 Ways to Get Rid of Weeds Without Using Roundup

10. Soap<p>The oil in soap naturally breaks down the surface of waxy or hairy weed leaves. Adding a few drops of liquid dish detergent to vinegar or …

21 Best Beaches in the World

Travel<p>Find perfection in these places where land meets water.<p>Ask true beach lovers to name a favorite swath of surf and sand, and the answer changes with the tides. Luckily our planet is covered in oceans, seas, and lakes, which means there’s a beach to indulge any whim. From pearly crescents …

The most exciting new perennials for this gardening season | The Star

Gardening, like all things, has its own trends. Many are past due, like dracaena in a pot surrounded by pink geraniums. Or the broad, monochromatic …

12 things to do when your family visits NYC

No matter if they’re coming from the other side of the world or just outside city lines, the idea of your family visiting NYC is enough to stress out …

The Poor Girl And The Rich Boy — How A Murder Has Left A Country Grappling With Abortion

The murder of a pregnant teenager has exposed the horrors faced by young women in the Dominican Republic, where abortion is illegal.<p>CENOVÍ, Dominican Republic — Emely Peguero had been missing for less than 24 hours when her boyfriend decided to hold a press conference. Peguero was 16 years old and …

Make Your Garden Private With These Lovely Plant Ideas

Whether you love or hate your neighbors, you most certainly need space for your own adventures with your family that you do not want to share with …

20 Free DIY Raised Garden Bed Plans & Ideas You Can Build in a Day

​Planting on raised garden beds brings many benefits compared to planting on the ground. But the most crucial one is you can grow a garden even in a …

The best Korean BBQ in NYC

Unlike its Deep South counterpart, the best BBQ at Korean restaurants requires diners to season and cook their own meats before eating. The fun, …

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The 10 best buffet restaurants in NYC

The best buffet restaurants have come a long way from floppy bacon and Jell-O cups. Whether you’re craving French bakery goods or all-you-can-eat …

11 Posh Places for Afternoon Tea in NYC

Pinkies up for sophisticated sandwiches and warming brews<p>Few things are more satisfyingly decadent than afternoon tea on a weekday or a Sunday spent leisurely with friends. The decadent three-tier affair, involving savories, scones, sweets, and lots of tea, is serious business in New York City, …

Tea

Leon vs Leon: Inside the brutal feud tearing apart the furniture dynasty

TORONTO — Family estate disputes can get nasty, all the more so when rich people are involved.<p>Among some of the more high-profile court cases in …

Tim Hortons

Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy when they’re ordained. But when they break that vow, their children are left to live a lie | The Star

On a winter afternoon in 2016, Michelle Raftis’s long search brought her to the steps of St. Michael’s Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic …

A few more words on Alzheimer's prevention: Tap water? Caviar? Twinkies?

Lisa Mosconi, an Italian-born neuroscientist and nutritionist, had no idea how important the taste of water was to her until she moved to New York City and took a long sip from the tap.<p>"This is supposed to be the best water in America," she said, "but it tasted awful. It was disgusting."<p>She set off …

Alzheimer's Disease

Virginity testing: A white bedsheet, a bride's wedding night humiliation

Priyanka Tamaychekar's marriage hasn't been arranged yet, but already the 26-year-old is dreading her wedding night.<p>In her first few hours as a …

India

Archaeologists Have Discovered a Ghastly 'Coffin Birth' in a Medieval Grave

We didn't know such horror was even possible.<p>A grave dating back to early medieval Italy is a sad testament to the horrors of medicine in the Dark …

12 Intriguing Facts All Beginner Gardeners Should Know

Living in the generation post-Martha Stewart and residing in the middle of a city with abundant farmers markets, there wasn't incentive for me to ever learn how to sow and harvest my own produce. However, I finally have an opportunity to grow a garden in raised beds, so I'm trying to chat up every …