In 2017, I decided to give up drinking alcohol during Lent, and wrote an essay about my experience for Medium.

At the time, my choice was linked to a medical test that my doctor wanted to repeat, just to be sure the results were right. …


On Sunday, I set out to bake pfeffernusse. They’re little round spice cookies, covered with powdered sugar, and a tradition in Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, as well as the United States.

After I’d baked a couple of dozen, I waited for them to cool, and rolled each one in a…


The digital sticker that Ann Arbor voters received

In the last days of the endless presidential campaign, I’ve been cheered to see the number of Americans who voted early.

We’re now up to more than half of the number of people who voted in the 2016 general election.

And yet, the scripts you are hearing and the stories…


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Like many people, I was stunned by the news last Friday night that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.

I expected to see the tributes that poured in from across the United States, and even Canada and Europe.

She was an icon to girls and women, not just…


Photo: W.W. Norton

Hooni Kim was looking forward to the spring of 2020.

His first cookbook was set for April, completing an eight-year effort that involved three separate drafts and two different co-authors.

He oversaw two bustling New York City restaurants, Hanjan and Danji. They are leaders in the city’s modern Korean food…


The United States has lost nearly 100,000 people to COVID-19, in what seems an extraordinarily compressed amount of time.

Even though the numbers seem hard to grasp, these people all led lives, too. Or, as the New York Times put it on Sunday, “They were not simply names on a…


Photo: Sussex Royal on Instagram

The launch of Brand Sussex has to go down as one of the most ill-timed in marketing history.

And, every day deeper into the coronavirus pandemic, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s chances of becoming a big deal in their independent lives are diminishing.

Of course, they had no way of…


Chef Michael Gulotta faces tough choices in reopening his New Orleans restaurants. Photo by Denny Culbert

When the COVID-19 crisis hit New Orleans, star chef Michael Gulotta chose to simply close his places down.

The four-time James Beard Award nominee wanted to protect the health of his staff, and avoid…


Galatoire’s in New Orleans is among the restaurants offering family meals during stay home orders. … [+]

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We didn’t feel like cooking this Easter. With Michigan under a stay home order, and grocery stores running low on some items, there was no certainty that I could find everything…


I feel badly for my friends, the New Yorkers. They’re at ground zero of the coronavirus crisis, and their nerves are fraying.

It sounds like it’s about to be a stigma to be a New Yorker, what with orders to quarantine if you’ve visited the city, instead of something to…

Micheline Maynard

Journalist. Author. The Check blog on Forbes.com. NPR and NYT alum

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