Concerts Disappeared. Piano Sales Survived.

When the coronavirus sequestered Americans at home and forced businesses to close, Hale Ryan braced himself for a financial winter. As the director of sales and marketing at Metroplex Piano in Dallas and a 30-year veteran of the piano business, he had seen other crises — like 9/11 and the …

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How to Introduce a New Baby to Their Sibling

“In cases of children under the age of 2, my experience is that parents can even wait until week 30 of the pregnancy. When you do approach the subject, be sensitive and accepting of their reaction,” Ben Yishai said. With older children, you can be more flexible. “Older siblings can …

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How to Host a Socially Distanced Barbecue

Here’s a maxim for entertaining in the age of Covid-19: The only way to bring people together is to figure out how to keep them apart. So on a recent blue-skied afternoon, I stretched a tape measure to six feet while my husband, Daniel, arranged chairs and folding TV tables …

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Hydrangeas: Uncommon Varieties for Your Garden

Daniel J. Hinkley grew up in Michigan, a place with serious Zone 4 winters and a repetitive palette of two white-flowered varieties of hydrangeas. In many front yards, you could see Hydrangea paniculata Grandiflora, known as the peegee hydrangea and often trained like a small tree, or a wider-than-high mound …

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Who Wants to Go to Fashion School in a Pandemic?

LONDON — Conner Ives had big dreams for his master’s degree show at Central Saint Martins, the renowned art and design school in London. The equivalent of a designer’s final exam, the graduate shows each May are not only an academic rite of passage, but also an opportunity to build …

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What Americans Need to Know About Europe’s Travel Ban

On July 1, after months of lockdown, European nations will begin to open their borders to nonessential travelers coming from a select list of countries in which the Covid-19 pandemic has been deemed sufficiently under control. The United States is not on the list. Moreover, the U.S. State Department continues …

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3 Art Gallery Shows to Explore From Home

Richard Diebenkorn Ongoing. Van Doren Waxter, vandorenwaxter.com As an artist, Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) started young. His catalog raisonné begins with drawings he made in 1933, the year he turned 11: renderings of cowboys in strokes of dark, heavy pencil whose intensity goes beyond gun battles. “Paintings and Works on Paper …

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