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Teens in quarantine: Some parents found surprising closeness during the pandemic

When his kids were little, Steven Ropes used to watch with bemusement as his neighbors' garage door opened and closed all evening long. The family seemed to be constantly coming and going, shuttling teenagers to untold destinations. Then Ropes' six kids got older and his own garage door started getting a nightly workout. "We were in full swing," says Ropes, a 53-year-old engineer in Duxbury, Mass. "Come in, go out, come back. It was nonstop." But the beehive of activity ground to a halt with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.


Seeing yourself, decades in the future

Imagine your body 30 years in the future. What will stop working? What will hurt? Will you still be able to throw a ball or lift a child or salsa dance? Will you still look like yourself? Will you feel like yourself?

The World Happiness Report is out, with a surprising picture of global resilience

In a conclusion that even surprised its editors, the 2021 World Happiness Report found that, amid global hardship, self-reported life satisfaction across 95 countries on average remained steady in 2020 from the previous year. The United States saw the same trend - despite societal tumult that yielded a national drop in positive emotions and a rise in negative ones.


Despite COVID, birthdays still worth celebrating

Remember those birthdays last March, when COVID-19 still felt new? Zoom was still a novelty. Friends drove by and honked their horns. They were decent enough substitutes. Maybe even charming ones. Some didn’t get to have celebrations at all. Plans were ruined, trips canceled. Even still, it all had the feeling of a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing — a story to tell. But now these unfortunate Pisces and Aries have to do it all again.


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Resident Evil VIII rekindles the illogical, weird magic of the series

Resident Evil is about the balance of fear and power. It’s a staple of the series. At the beginning of each game, the player is meant to feel overwhelmed and confused. By the end, they can fight back against these emotions -- usually with a rocket launcher. Resident Evil VIII: Village continues this tradition.




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Confessions of a TV junkie

Believe it or not, there was a time when I didn't know what binge watching was. While our Navy family was stationed in Germany, we felt lucky that American Forces Network aired day-old episodes of “Survivor” and “American Idol.” The rest of the time, we entertained ourselves with middle-of-the-night football broadcasts, quirky BBC shows and strange AFN public service announcements.