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Volunteer numbers dwindling | The West Australian

A volunteer group which operates in the Rockingham area is struggling to build up numbers again, after COVID-19 forced many of their members to stop working in the community. Chorus sends volunteers out to a range of jobs from five depots across Perth, including one in Safety Bay. They help …

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The Ottoman Empire’s Influence on the Present Day

Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music | How to Listen In his new book, “God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World,” the historian Alan Mikhail writes: “Whether politicians, pundits and traditional historians like it or not, the world we inhabit is very much …

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How to Get Your Friends to Stop Treating You Like a Therapist

The pandemic has left no one untouched, even the most secure among us. The stress of the combined health, economic and racial inequality crises has illuminated and intensified even our seemingly insignificant woes and worries. We’re collectively experiencing a monumental life shift and actively leaning on our inner circle for …

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The Promise of Pawpaw – The New York Times

PHILADELPHIA — The new pawpaw patch at the Woodlands, a sprawling historic property along the Schuylkill, still isn’t much to look at. But just give those trees time, said Alkebu-Lan Marcus, the farmer who tends to them. He knows his pawpaws will soon be excellent providers. The pawpaw is an …

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How to Grow (and Eat) a Pawpaw

Plant in fall or spring. Kentucky State University’s nursery list is a good place to start your search for young trees, if local plant stores don’t stock them. You can also find plants (and seeds and fruit) through Facebook fan clubs, Craigslist, Nextdoor and Etsy. Ideally, plant in places with …

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The Unintended Racial Horror of ‘Lovecraft Country’

This essay includes spoilers for the first season of “Lovecraft Country.” H.P. Lovecraft was both a founding father of modern horror and a deeply committed racist, a symbolic portent of the general disregard the genre would have, for most of its history, for creators and performers of color. The HBO …

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Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me

Harris has studied crime-scene and autopsy photos of the dead. She has confronted men in court who have sexually assaulted their children, sexually assaulted the elderly, scalped their lovers. In her 2009 book, “Smart on Crime,” Harris praised the work of Sunny Schwartz — creator of the Resolve to Stop …

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