A worker stocks canned goods March 27 in a community market in San Francisco. Shoppers appear to be buying much more than they need recently due to fears related to the coronavirus, but if you shop carefully, there's no need to hoard. <br>Ben Margot/AP

Go grocery shopping every two weeks? You can -- and without hoarding

Among the essential activities allowed during mandatory stay-at-home orders caused by the coronavirus pandemic is grocery shopping, but most experts agree that residents should cut back on the number of trips they make to the store as part of their social-distancing strategy.

Rejoice! Hallmark will encourage peace and love by airing a Christmas movie marathon

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as brands and civilians continue searching for something -- anything -- to spark cheer during the coronavirus pandemic. The holiday season is coming several months early to the Hallmark Channel, which has scheduled an impromptu Christmas movie marathon beginning March 20 and ending March 22.

Book review: A Vietnam veteran’s call for peace, love and understanding

Fifty years ago this week, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. CCR lasted only two more years, but the song resonates to this day. It also provided an apt title to the latest book by Doug Bradley, a Vietnam veteran who has written extensively about his experiences during and after the war.

Why more men are becoming nurses

Although nursing remains a female-dominated profession, more men are joining their ranks than did in previous decades. Nationwide, 12% of registered nurses are men, up from 2.7% in 1970, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The pressures of productivity; writers, researchers say the concept needs re-evaluating

A wave of writers and researchers has pushed for a conscious retreat from constant work and connection.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons has the resources to please even hard-core gamers

If Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the hottest games around, Nintendo can probably thank COVID-19. The game was released just as restrictions were starting in my area. When I went to pick up a copy, all that was left was downloadable code — not my preference for a game on Nintendo’s Switch, since the console has relatively little memory for game storage. I soon discovered that Switches were even more difficult to find than physical copies of Animal Crossing.

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Doomed to Zoom from our rooms

Recently, a television jingle got stuck in my head. It’s from a PBS kid’s show I used to watch in the 1970s. My brain’s recesses are imprinted with hazy flashes of the program’s ethnically diverse cast of pre-teens dressed in matching striped shirts and bell bottoms, singing the opening sequence’s jazzy theme song.