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In a pandemic’s dark days, these hospice workers found creative ways to bring light

In ordinary times, music therapy for Michael Russo’s hospice patients revolves around glorified home concerts: the troubadour breaks out the guitar, plays Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” or “Crazy” by Willie Nelson and spreads life-affirming joy during a patient’s final days. But during the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted hospice facilities to enact strict…MORE

The meaning behind your strange coronavirus dreams

If you’ve been having bizarre dreams during the pandemic, you’re not alone. Those who are sharing their #pandemicdreams on Twitter are either amazed at the peculiarity of their dreams or distressed by plots that center on death, fear and strange new worlds. “In my dream, I called an Uber, but a hearse showed up instead.…MORE

Climbing the height of Mount Everest from the comfort of your own home

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Or in the case of John Griffin, the tough get walking. There are 30 steps in his three-story house and for a minimum of six-and-a-half hours every day he’s been going up and down them. Four days later after 1,363 trips to the top floor of…MORE

Sofia Shapatava says ‘tennis may not survive’ coronavirus pandemic

Sofia Shapatava earned $2,900 in the first three months of the year. Now there is no money coming in. She used to travel the world. But now she is stuck in her home city, living with her parents and wondering whether she will ever play tennis professionally again. There isn’t much of a vista for…MORE