Day: November 21, 2020

50 Affordable Holiday Gifts for 2020 They’ll Want to Use Right Away

2020 IS not the year to test your loved ones’ patience by wrapping up lizard-covered cocktail spoons or anything silly and destined to gather dust. We’ve all been through too much. We don’t need clutter. We don’t want to spend a lot. We just want life to be easier. And, frankly, more joyful. And so our team of expert shoppers has focused on instant-gratification recommendations—elegant, problem-solving gifts (all under $300) that your recipients will want

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Kennedy: Get to know your family, play Spades together

If you really want to know your family, play cards.

Our family’s game of choice is spades. It’s the Goldilocks of card games: not too easy, not too hard.

Our nuclear family of four ranges from ages 14 to 62. Sometimes, when we are in a “family time” mood, my wife and I and our two sons will clear the dining room table and settle in for a short game of spades. Most people play

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‘Shark Tank’ sisters open retail store in New Hope, plan expansion across N.J.

A new store has recently opened in the streets of Bucks County in Pennsylvania — although residents of Hunterdon County may already know its name.

Stella Valle, a retail store founded by “Shark Tank” victors and East Amwell natives Ashley Dellavalle Jung and Paige Dellavalle Walker, opened in Flemington last November. While originally intended to serve as a pop-up shop for the holiday season, the store’s success inspired its owners, who are sisters and former

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How to enjoy Thanksgiving alone. How to help someone who’s alone enjoy it.

Let’s get one thing out of the way right away: Not everyone who lives alone is lonely. Not everyone who will spend Thanksgiving alone will mind the solitude. Solitude can bring serenity. Family gathering can be torture.

But it’s safe to guess that in this time of pandemic, with its enforced isolation and family separation, more people than ever will be alone on Thanksgiving, and a lot of them would appreciate some human connection.


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I’m A Doctor, And I’m Failing My Patients. Here’s What Forced Me To Recognize That.

I decided to become a doctor because of one basic assumption: it meant helping people every day. And I’m not alone — most physicians consider their profession to be a noble one. The nobility of medicine is reinforced in every aspect of the training doctors go through. We work hard to recognize illness when we see it, and to memorize the right lab tests to order and medications to prescribe to treat those illnesses. We’re

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Quick-start guide to building a design-first company

In an age where user experience (UX) is key to a business’s success and differentiation, innovative teams know they have to prioritize UX from day one.

Regardless of your company or industry, better design creates an improved user experience and drives customer excitement for your product. Zealous customers become early adopters, and in optimal scenarios, can help a product go viral through grassroots evangelism. McKinsey’s The Business Value of Design report tracks the McKinsey Design

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No. 17 Iowa State-Kansas State live stream (11/21): How to watch college football online, TV, time

Iowa State is in an unusual position heading into its game against Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 21. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV.

The 17th-ranked Cyclones (5-2, 5-1 Big 12) lead the Big 12 with three games to play, the first time they’ve been in first place this late in a season since they were tied at the top of the old North Division in 2004.

Iowa State has been poised to

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Things in your living room you should toss right now | Home and Garden

Living room

Does any room get quite as cluttered as the living room?

This much-used, much-loved multipurpose room seems to have a clutter problem that’s in a class of its own. Somehow the discarded socks, abandoned toys, half-read books, crumpled magazines, forgotten phone chargers and more collect in this shared space, and cleaning it all up seems like a never-ending chore.

Preventing the living room from becoming a drop zone is its own

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A Triumphant, User-Friendly Addition – WSJ


Should the spaces, structure and materials of a building align so seamlessly, so organically, that it appears to express a single mighty thought? To ask this of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, the new addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, seems rude, for here are thoughts enough for a platoon of museums.

In 2012 the firm of Steven Holl Architects was selected to give the MFAH its third museum gallery, joining

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National Trust launches Zoom backgrounds to transport video callers to England’s most opulent buildings

Agatha Christie's library at Greenway House in Devon - National Trust
Agatha Christie’s library at Greenway House in Devon – National Trust

The National Trust has launched six Zoom backgrounds to make it look like video callers are sitting in some of England’s most opulent buildings.

Fans of historic homes are being invited by the charity to “bring a bit of extra interest to your calls and online catch-ups” by transporting themselves to libraries and workspaces dating back hundreds of years.

Among the backgrounds, which are

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Michelin-star chefs share 7 hacks to make your turkey the star of Thanksgiving

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Insider asked Michelin-starred chefs to share their favorite turkey hacks for Thanksgiving dinner. Mphillips007/Getty Images
  • Insider asked Michelin-starred chefs to share their favorite turkey hacks for Thanksgiving dinner. 

  • Beverly Kim, who runs Parachute, roasts her turkey upside down for 75% of the cooking time to make the breast extra moist. 

  • Californios head chef Val Cantu smokes his bird every year for “the most beautifully golden turkey.” 

  • Gerald Addison of Bammy’s buys additional chicken bones to

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21 gift ideas for Alabama football fans

Alabama fans looking for the perfect gifts for friends and family this holiday season should head to local fan stores in Tuscaloosa (or shop online, safely) to find the exact gear that will make for terrific presents this year.

With Christmas just around the corner, we asked a few different Tuscaloosa stores specializing in Crimson Tide apparel and asked employees for recommendations on what to give loved ones this year.

Alabama Express, JNJ Apparel

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‘Something very historical’: Push for diverse Biden Cabinet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Native Americans are urging President-elect Joe Biden to make history by selecting one of their own to lead the powerful agency that oversees the nation’s tribes, setting up one of several looming tests of Biden’s pledge to have a Cabinet representative of Americans.

O.J. Semans is one of dozens of tribal officials and voting activists around the country pushing selection of Rep. Deb Haaland,

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Debbie Allen, Master Of Every Domain

Calling Debbie Allen a multihyphenate doesn’t seem comprehensive enough. Over the course of five decades, she has been a successful actor, singer, dancer, director, writer, producer and mentor. She worked with Bob Fosse on Broadway, co-hosted a TV variety series, starred in “Fame,” saved “A Different World” from the brink of collapse, shepherded “Amistad” to the big screen, authored children’s books, choreographed multiple numbers for the Academy Awards and took over as the showrunner of

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Here’s where you can buy popular face mask styles for 2020

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

By now you’ve been stocking up on comfortable face masks to wear when you go out in public (especially with coronavirus cases surging), and maybe even some holiday styles. Here, we’ve highlighted our favorites from popular fashion brands and reputable stores, including options for kids to wear to school or for you to wear to work and companies that

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Local Eats: The Mitten Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids prizes beer, pizza and baseball

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — At The Mitten Brewing Co., it’s all about beer, pizza and baseball.

The brewery, whose interior is decked out with baseball memorabilia, has built a reputation since opening in 2012 as having some of the best pizza in Grand Rapids. Take a spin through the menu and you’ll find classics such as pepperoni and cheese, but also 13 specialty pizzas.

One of the more unique pies in the collection: The Westerdog.

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Ranking Giants’ best options for contract extensions: Evan Engram, Logan Ryan, more

Now that the Giants have extended kicker Graham Gano’s contract, who is next?

Gano was playing 2020 on a one-year contract, as the replacement for Aldrick Rosas, whom the Giants cut after his hit-and-run arrest. Gano is now under contract through 2023.

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So let’s rank the Giants’ best options to get an extension soon — from least

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Harwick Homes earns five Sand Dollar awards

Wilson Creative Group, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:00 a.m. ET Nov. 21, 2020


Harwick Homes was the recipient of five 2020 Sand Dollar Awards during the annual awards ceremony presented Saturday, Oct. 24 by the Collier Building Industry Association Sales and Marketing Council (SMC).

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Amazon Black Friday 2020 deals are here: These are the top picks

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Black Friday is still one week away, but lucky for us, Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Week kicked off Nov. 20. You’ll find a return to Prime Day pricing on lots of popular gadgets that are available right now, and can expect more discounts to arrive soon. 

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