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Lifestyles

Back in business

WASHINGTON (AP) — We are becoming a nation of amateur actuaries, calculating the risk of restarting our lives. Can we go outside? Can we go back to work? Can we go to a restaurant or bar? Can we go to the beach? Can our children go back to school? Can we visit grandma? The questions have ...

Masks present special challenges to the hearing impaired

ALTOONA — Wearing a mask is an adjustment, but for people with diminished hearing or no hearing, masks present an additional and significant communication challenge as they hide facial expressions and prohibit speech reading and lip reading. An advocate for the deaf community, Annita ...

Spring flowers prominent in art, antiques

Floral forms have long had a prominent place in the fine arts and antiques. The art historical symbolism of flowers from asters to zinnias has intrigued collectors since the Renaissance period. The Italian master, Sandro Botticelli sprinkled one hundred and forty-one different floral ...

Colonial life hard, about to get harder for young America

For the people living in the colonies, life in the mid-1700s was not easy, and unbeknownst to them, it was going to be a lot more difficult over the next few years. This article and the next few will give more detail to clearly delineate the life and times endured by our forefathers. They ...

Wedding March

NEW YORK (AP) — Couples trying to salvage weddings put on hold by the coronavirus are feeding a fresh trend in the bridal industry: the “minimony.” Rather than wait, they’re getting hitched alone or with a few local loved ones looking on at a safe social distance as other guests join ...

Couples still saying ‘I do’ in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The bride wore a white beaded dress and a white cloth face mask that said “Mrs.” in curly black letters. Her new husband, dressed in black, wore one that said “Mr.” Vaughan Chambers and Alicia Funk put the face coverings on shortly after they exchanged vows and ...

Lawns are the new wedding venue in the age of COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — Love in the age of coronavirus sometimes requires a lawn. Couples with dashed wedding plans due to lockdown restrictions have been tying the knot on those tidy green spreads instead, including at least one loaner. Danielle Cartaxo and Ryan Cignarella were supposed to get ...

Wedding Blues

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Ginellie Ginel doesn’t know when she’ll be able to wear the wedding dress hanging in her closet. She had planned her church wedding for May, but when the coronavirus started to spread in Connecticut, those plans changed quickly. “Everything is obviously ...

Couples scramble to revamp plans

GREENSBURG (AP) — After their August engagement, Greensburg couple Gregory Mertz and Janelle Stayt planned a dream wedding. They were going to marry March 21 in Montgomery County, host their reception at Stateside Vodka Bar in Philadelphia and then depart on a European honeymoon. As the ...

What to do when a crisis impacts your wedding

Couples are often told to prepare for anything when it comes to their wedding, but a global pandemic isn’t typically something to consider. Now that most Americans have been ordered to stay at home and avoid nonessential travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many couples — ...