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Best Books on Grief: In Time of Loss, Go to the Literature | Book Riot

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Minerva Laveaga Luna, Mar 19, 2021

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When I was young, I would hear people say one of the worst pains a human could experience was childbirth. I think of the hours of labor before my son was born and conclude that the pain of grief is worse.

When I was experiencing contractions, I could point to a part of my body and say, “Here. Take the pain away from here.” The anesthesiologist showed up on the 20th hour (I was trying to go without an epidural but didn’t make it).

The medicine went in, and the pain was gone, for the most part.

There is no place to point at with grief. It is an ache that drenches you completely, makes your limbs and your head heavy, too heavy to carry.

And the sting of grief does not end; it sleeps, gets quiet enough to forget about it from time to time, until it resurfaces with a song, an intersection, a park, a dream, or a corner of your house you forgot to look at with eyes from the past.


Baltimore restaurant owner drove 6 hours to cook for customer with cancer – The Washington Post

Steve Chu, co-owner of Baltimore’s Ekiben restaurant, holds the bag of finished entrees he and business partner Ephrem Abebe, background, made for a customer who has terminal cancer. They are standing in the parking lot of the customer’s Vermont condo building, where they cooked the food on March 13. (Brandon Jones)

By Cathy Free, March 18, 2021 at 3:00 a.m. PDT

The request came in late on a Thursday afternoon to restaurant owner Steve Chu. One of his customers had terminal cancer, and her son-in-law wondered if it would be possible to get the recipe of her favorite broccoli tempura entree so he could make it for her at her home in Vermont.

Chu, 30, specializes in Asian fusion cuisine and is the co-owner of two Ekiben locations in Baltimore. He read the email on March 11 and instantly knew that he could do better, he said.

He quickly replied with an alternative suggestion:

“Thanks for reaching out,” he wrote. “We’d like to meet you in Vermont and make it fresh for you.”


What Travelers Can Expect When Ireland’s Tourism Rebounds

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COVID-19 continues to pause travel to the island, but you can still enjoy virtual St. Patrick’s Day events

by Jen Murphy, AARP, March 15, 2021

Cobh, Ireland

When the pandemic eases and Americans start exploring again, Tourism Ireland is hoping the Emerald Isle will be at the top of their travel bucket lists.

The United States is Ireland’s second-largest source of visitors, after Great Britain: The country welcomed 1.7 million people from the U.S. in 2019 — up 71 percent from 2014. And those visitors infused nearly $2 billion into the economy.

“The U.S. market is Ireland’s most important source of overseas revenue,” says Alison Metcalfe, executive vice president of Tourism Ireland for the U.S. and Canada.

And a virtual pub night, streamed live from three of Ireland’s most beloved pubs, will be broadcast March 17, complete with performances from the Shamrock Tenors and two members of Riverdance.

There’s also a virtual St. Patrick’s Day festival airing from Dublin this week, “Awaken Ireland!,” with loads of cultural events you can stream online.

Source: What Travelers Can Expect When Ireland’s Tourism Rebounds

24 Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipes | Food Network

Photo by Matt Armendariz

Corned beef and cabbage is an American favorite on St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy the classic combination as a traditional plate — or mix it up with inspired ideas for pizza, grilled cheese, hash and more.

Check out the slide show of corned beef and cabbage recipes. And more about St. Patrick’s Day food from Food Network..


The Lost Year: What the Pandemic Cost Teenagers — ProPublica

Heather Davis comforts Madasyn Culver after a youth church service in Hobbs, New Mexico in late February. Credit: Celeste Sloman for ProPublica

by Alec MacGillis

In Hobbs, New Mexico, the high school closed and football was cancelled, while just across the state line in Texas, students seemed to be living nearly normal lives. Here’s how pandemic school closures exact their emotional toll on young people.

Source: The Lost Year: What the Pandemic Cost Teenagers — ProPublica