Almond Milk and 9 Other Signs That You’ve Been Away

The pleasure of returning to the United States from abroad lies both in reconnecting with the familiar and in discovering what has changed. You know the kind of changes I mean, where everything seems just the way you left it and then someone mentions a TV series or vegetable or sport that you’ve never heard of, and suddenly the familiar takes on an edge of the exotic. I’d only been away seven months, between the spring of 2013 and the winter of 2014, but that was long enough to encounter… Read more

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The El Is Swell As the New York City High Line

Manhattan Island’s newly reopened urban greenway “High Line Park,” perched on an abandoned “el” track stretching back into time, boldly reclaims renewal by rescuing ruins. * * * “It’s a piquino paradise in the sky: I love it!” raves Zoraida Robinson, a hard-working Puerto Rican immigrant with an eye for al fresco retreats. “Here we can get away from the city without leaving the city.” The aerial Eden Zoraida is praising is Manhattan Island’s recently revamped High… Read more

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Maura Sweeney’s Art of Happiness

As Americans we’re serious about our pursuit of happiness. We may not be happier than citizens of other nations, but we are willing to spend an awful lot of time and money in trying to be happy or to prove to others that we are. Maura Sweeney, in her new series of chapter-size 99-cent ebooks, wants us to stop trying so hard and to get back to the essentials of the pursuit by being more in tune with our mental and emotional states of contentment and joy. Under the umbrella title “The… Read more

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The Presidential Election and the American Voter Overseas

One of the perks of living overseas is that we vote by absentee ballot a month or so in advance of a presidential election and can then tune out of the news for most of October and get on with our lives. Not that we tune out completely, of course. Partisan chatter is for better or worse—mostly for worse—right at our fingertips. But in voting 30-45 days prior to the election, as Americans abroad are advised to do, we have taken ourselves off of the rolls of the undecided and don’t have… Read more

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Curators from France Find Common Cause with Preservationists in Miami

At first view, an ocean of history and culture separates the curators of a villa built in 1928 by Le Corbusier 20 miles northeast of Paris and a group fighting for the preservation of a graffiti-covered stadium built in the 1960s by the Bay of Miami. But near Versailles—not the palace but the restaurant of the same name in Miami’s Little Havana quarter—a panel discussion of preservation experts found common ground between efforts to protect and defend 20th century architectural heritage… Read more

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