Why does Germany make so little room for working moms?

It was about six years ago, after the birth of her second child, that Felicitas Sochor quietly began to worry about being called a Rabenmutter.

Ms. Sochor had long dreamed of starting a cafe. But even if she could balance the work commitment that would require with the needs of her two young children, that split time could be seen as the taboo of leaving her children to “fly off to work” as a Rabenmutter, or raven mother.

She settled for an administrative job at a youth center in order to care for her children in the afternoon, with her husband as “the real breadwinner.” But when the pandemic upended her life and shut down the schools, and her husband, working from home, felt it was natural she should take over the child care, she rebelled. “Why do I have to be responsible for everything?” she says. “I

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NEW Totino’s Toastables Are a Hot Take on an Old Favorite

Growing up, my siblings and I spent a lot of time in front of the TV playing our Super Nintendo. Saturday mornings, after school and basically every holiday at 6 AM, we were in the living room, controllers in hand. And what were we eating to keep a healthy diet, you ask? A plate of pizza rolls, of course!

Now, Totino’s Toastables are taking my favorite childhood snack and giving it a new look. Am I going to complain? Of course not!

What Exactly Is a Toastable?

We all know Totino’s Pizza Rolls as little pockets of portable pizza joy that are incredibly easy to make and totally addictive. While they’re amazing as party appetizers (for socially distant parties, of course), they are also very often eaten as full meals. Of this, I am absolutely guilty. I have no regrets!

As the box states, a Pepperoni Toastable is “pepperoni

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From Adam Sandler’s new movie to more ‘Schitt’s Creek’

There may be plenty of aspects of Halloween that are canceled this year, but horror is not one of them.

At least that appears to be the case based on Netflix’s list of new October shows and movies, which includes the “Haunting of Hill House” successor “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” Lily James and Armie Hammer’s gothic tale “Rebecca” and Norwegian psychological horror film “Cadaver.”

But there’s plenty of room for new comedy, too: Adam Sandler’s “Hubie Halloween,” Sarah Cooper’s special “Everything’s Fine” and fresh episodes of the Emmy-sweeping “Schitt’s Creek” are being added to the streaming service.

See below for all of the titles arriving and leaving Netflix next month (and go here to find out what was added in September).

Netflix’s list of October titles include Season 6 of “Schitt’s Creek,” “Hubie Halloween,” “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “BLACKPINK: Light Up the

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Theaters nobly fill the COVID void, but screens make me miss the stage even more

Pig Iron's "Zero Cost House" featuring, clockwise from top left: Dito Van Reigersberg, Alex Torra and puppets by Maiko Matsushima. <span class="copyright">(Mary McCool)</span>
Pig Iron’s “Zero Cost House” featuring, clockwise from top left: Dito Van Reigersberg, Alex Torra and puppets by Maiko Matsushima. (Mary McCool)

Zoom theater is an oxymoron, but substitutes for live performance will have to do until we can safely gather again as an audience.

The Old Vic’s In Camera program demonstrates what can be done with an actor on stage alone or physically distanced from a scene partner. The offerings, scratch productions with topnotch performers, recall Peter Brook’s idea of theater as “the empty space,” the stage equivalent of a blank page, requiring nothing more than the imaginative interplay between artists and (implied) spectators.

But what about more adventurous digital performances? My encounters thus far don’t persuade me that the future of theater lies in sophisticated tech.

When I tune into a play or a devised theater piece, I’m not looking to be dazzled by computer graphics. Clever Zoom

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10 years after son’s suicide, Tyler Clementi’s mom says no LGBTQ person should feel ‘unworthy’

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — Jane Clementi packed the belongings from her home in Ridgewood, where she and her husband had lived for 31 years and raised three boys, into dozens of boxes for her move in February.

Into one of those boxes, she placed the writings that her youngest son, Tyler, had scrawled on loose paper and in the back of spiral and marble notebooks. For a decade, she’d been too distraught to read them. But a few weeks ago, she sat down and finally opened the pages.

What she read, nearly 10 years after Tyler killed himself so publicly – sparking a national conversation about suicide, mental health and LGBTQ youth – broke her heart all over again:

There is nothing in this world that I love or at least nothing I allow myself to love. I just want to go home. I just want to be deleted.


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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle make rare royal political statement for ‘most important election of our lifetime’

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, urged Americans to get out and vote while making their first joint television appearance since moving to the United States.

“We’re six weeks out from the election, and today is Voter Registration Day,” Meghan said Tuesday on the TIME100 special on ABC, a primetime program on the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. “Every four years, we’re told, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.”

“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity,” added Harry. “What we consume, what we are exposed to, and what we engage with online, has a real effect on all of us.”

Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, moved to California with their 1-year-old

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6 Items to Add to Your Packing List for COVID-Era Travel

You don’t need a travel writer to tell you that the way you travel has dramatically changed due to the coronavirus pandemi. The items on your packing list may also need to change.

Of course, there are the obvious things you should add, like masks — they’re mandatory on most airlines and at pretty much every major hotel chain, as well as places you’ll visit from Walmart to Walt Disney World. And there are other cleaning items you may have already added to your everyday routine:

  • Disinfecting wipes.

  • Gloves.

  • Hand sanitizer.

But there are several less obvious items you may want to bring that you likely have not prioritized before. Here are six additions to your packing list for travel in the COVID era:

1. A contactless credit card

Contactless credit cards have been considered a safer way to pay to prevent fraud, but they could also be a safer

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Make Election Plea In Rare Joint TV Appearance

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle discussed the importance of voting in the upcoming election and combating online negativity for the TIME100 special on ABC, which unveiled Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

“We’re six weeks out from the election and today is Voter Registration Day,” the Duchess of Sussex said. “Every four years, we are told the same thing ― ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard.”

“Your voice is a reminder that you matter,” Meghan added. “Because you do ― and you deserve to be heard.” 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle talk about the importance of voting in the TIME100 special. (Photo: ABC News)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle talk about the importance of voting in the TIME100 special. (Photo: ABC News)

The couple also spoke out against a cause they are passionate about: the spread of disinformation and hate speech

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Happy first day of fall, such as it is

Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of fall, wonderful holidays
Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of fall, wonderful holidays

Editor’s Note: This is a preview of USA TODAY’s newsletter Staying Apart, Together, a guide to help us all cope with a world changed by coronavirus. If you would like it in your inbox on Tuesdays and Saturdays, subscribe here

Happy leaf peeping and sweater weather. Today is the autumnal equinox, also known as the first day of fall. We’re officially through lockdown spring and cautiously reopened summer. The fall will likely be defined by how school reopening goes – in person and online – and how we as a country handle the upcoming holidays. 

Back in March, I thought all of this would be over by now, as many of you probably did. My niece or nephew is due in a few weeks, and I anticipated getting on a plane to go see the bundle of joy. I

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London Designers Embrace Film, Set Their Own Rules

LONDON — This was a London season of mixed emotions and many question marks.

With new government restrictions forbidding social gatherings of more than six people, most of the city’s designers embraced the film format for the first time, with just a handful of one-on-one appointments hosted on the side.

Just like London fashion, which can vary from classic to completely kooky from one calendar slot to the next, designers’ take on the genre was varied, ranging from abstract narratives to dance routines, or catwalk experiences captured for the screen.

But the general consensus was a positive one, with most designers talking about feeling relieved or even liberated to no longer have to deal with the pressure of the runway and have a new outlet to push their artistic boundaries and speak about the effects of lockdown.

Their presentations were deeply personal, from Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton’s collection —

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