Our RV was parked at an alpaca ranch in Montana, and my girls were scaling hay bales and chasing barn cats with two Black sisters from Chicago and a gaggle of Mormon brothers who lived on the farm. This moment — watching my kids explore new cultures, places and experiences — was exactly what I envisioned when, months earlier, I had decided to pack up my family for an open-ended road trip around America.
The wedding wasn’t entirely unusual. The bride was late, the groom was nervous and the guests were hot, baking beneath the August sun. In front of an arch adorned with cheap paper wedding bells, my father had his hand in his pocket, caressing the two rings that I had bought from a pawn shop the night before.
I bought an RV to travel the US with my family during the pandemic, and the whole trip is only costing us a few hundred dollars
My family of four is about 30 days and 3,000 miles into a road trip around the US.
We set out to see the country, without tapping into our savings, and so far we've been able to do that.
“If Schuyler had cancer, I would never think of myself as a failure if I didn’t do chemo in my living room,” Walker says. “I would never think of myself as giving up. This is a brain disorder.”
You’re out on a date and immediately click, but when it comes time to order drinks the person across from you sticks to mocktails. You know it shouldn’t be a big deal. But alcohol permeates our culture, so it can be a bit jarring to realize that you’re seeing someone who doesn’t drink.
It’s one of the hardest conversations many people never have: talking about dying with family and friends and how to plan a “good” death. Meet three people who have had those tough talks.
Most people — about 86% — will survive their first heart attack, but the even usually has a big impact.
Each year, 14 million people receive radiation treatment, usually for cancer. While radiation can be lifesaving, it’s also dangerous and needs to be controlled in an exacting way. Radiologists carefully position their patients and calibrate machines, but they can’t actually see which tissue is being hit by radiation. That is, until Dartmouth professor Brian W. Pogue developed a solution.
Preventive screenings are an essential part of primary care. Doctors ask an array of questions to zero in on health issues for which patients might be at risk. Now, with overdose rates at an all-time high, efforts to curb addiction have gained urgency.
I've only been a landlord for a short time, but I've learned a lot.
Cover story: In the business of death, one of our most timeless industries confronts a changing world
Death is big business. Nationally, the funeral industry generates $20 billion and employs more than 130,000 people. In 2017 the average burial cost $7,360, according to the National Funeral Directors Association, while the average cremation cost $6,260. Although death is an emotional and spiritual event for many people, it’s also a financial one.