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Top Picks: 'The Wedding Plan' on DVD and Blu-ray, Ralph Towner's album 'My Foolish Heart,' and more

The app Any.do brings together a calendar and a to-do list to make sure you’re on top of everything, be prepared for future weather emergencies with the Hurricane app from the American Red Cross, and more top picks.

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Of moose and man

An early test of our vows to stick by each other arrived in Canada’s wilds.

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Ruth Walker, member of the Monitor family

Ms. Walker has passed on. Here’s a brief bio and a link to some of her best columns.

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Can Hollywood learn to tell stories about women above a size 4?

The character Kate in the Emmy-nominated 'This Is Us' has won acclaim for Chrissy Metz. But body image advocates say Kate also personifies a principal narrative for the fat person in Hollywood: In order for a character of size to be worthy, he or she needs to be trying to lose weight.

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Toronto International Film Festival report: Fewer movies but still front-loaded with Oscar bait

'The Florida Project' and 'Ex Libris: The New York Public Library' were highlights at the 42nd edition of the festival in Toronto.

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Top Picks: Fantastical 2 app, 'Tommy's Honour' on DVD and Blu-ray, and more

The app The Elements by Theodore Gray makes the periodic table interactive, musician Mondo Cozmo sounds like the grandson of Bob Dylan circa 'Like a Rolling Stone,' or the gifted offspring of 'The Spider from Mars'-era David Bowie, on 'Plastic Soul,' and more top picks.

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Ballistics: What goes up must come down

Is there something about “ballistic” that makes a missile even more dangerous?

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Why every writer needs a tree

Mine is just outside my window. Without it, I’d be forced to stare into a blank computer screen instead.

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Top Picks: The Seasonal Food Guide app, 'The Lost City of Z' on DVD and Blu-ray, and more top picks

Documentary master Ken Burns returns with his latest work, 'The Vietnam War,' a NASA video has even more about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse that captivated the United States, and more top picks.

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Shaking off late-summer hebetude

There are several roots for our terms for summer doldrums – and none of them are positive.

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The ‘this’ in ‘I can do this’ keeps evolving

Parenthood is constantly revising what I think I’m capable of. 

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For the women of 'Thelma & Louise,' the glass ceiling is still only cracked

Despite recent successes like "Wonder Woman" and "The Hunger Games," Hollywood still hasn't solved its gender representation problem, says "Thelma & Louise" actress Geena Davis.

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Top Picks: Waxahatchee’s 'Out in the Storm,' the movie 'Their Finest,' and more

Artist and photographer Jill Bliss will change your view of mushrooms with her photos, the app Circa can help you keep track of time zones, and more top picks.

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Give us your tired, your poor cosmopolitans

A new term of political insult from the White House carries some serious baggage.

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How I became a reader of books

My parents encouraged me in ways I didn’t realize until much later.

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Old methods best for old buildings, says TV star

Brent Hull's work inspired 'Lone Star Restoration,' a show on the History Channel that debuted last fall and follows Hull and his team as they restore buildings throughout the Texas area.

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Charlottesville, through a graduate's eyes

A former University of Virginia student reflects on the complicated racial history of her alma mater.

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Top Picks: The Science Channel series 'The Planets,' the MotionX-GPS app, and more

The movie 'Wilson' stars Woody Harrelson as a man who discovers he has a teenage daughter, the venerable Newport Folk Festival is a rare opportunity to see some of the best groundbreaking female singers live, and more top picks.

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Peal, repeal, rappel – and climbing down

After the Senate’s healthcare votes, the word ‘repeal’ took on a new fascination for me.

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Unexpectedly cleansed

I was pointed feet-first toward the doorless doorway on a marble slab, completely naked.

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