Articles in Journeys

Photo Essay: New York Botanical Garden ‘Spotlight on Orchids’

The pandemic has meant many changes for New York’s cultural institutions, among them the New York Botanical Garden.
Each year, the garden presents a highly regarded orchid exhibition but, amidst the pandemic-induced restrictions currently in effect in the New York area and the terrible toll that the coronavirus has taken, it is presenting a more limited exhibition – ‘Spotlight on Orchids’ – in the Enid Haupt Conservatory, an Italian Renaissance building …

Pandemic Restaurant Review: Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City

This isn’t Katz’s Delicatessen’s first pandemic. The New York landmark, which opened in 1888 across the street from present location, moved just in time for the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, which it managed to survive.
Despite the repeated openings and closings of indoor dining in New York City, Katz’s has remained open, sometimes just for take out and delivery, and now, once again, open for indoor dining, albeit with a 25% …

Dear Agony Aunt: Your Advice and Etiquette Questions Answered

For over a century, British and American magazines and newspapers have run advice and etiquette columns ranging from Miss Manners to Dear Abby to Savage Love. ,The questions in these columns range from “How can I get my annoying seatmate on this flight to shut up and let me watch my movie?” to “Where should I seat my ex-husband’s illegitimate gay son’s ex-lover at my daughter’s fourth wedding?”
Sherlock Holmes, as alert …

Monday is Washington’s Birthday and Presidents Day: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

Monday is Washington’s Birthday and Presidents Day: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow, Monday, February 15, is Washington’s Birthday, a national holiday in the United States in honor of the country’s first president, George Washington.
In Hawaii, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and seven other states, it’s stylized as Presidents’ Day, while in Alaska, Idaho, Nebraska, and five other states, it’s President’s Day.  Three states – Nevada, New Jersey, and Oregon – leave out the apostrophe entirely, calling the holiday Presidents Day, and that’s not …

How to Mask Like Dr. Fauci

Fauci watchers may have noticed that the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, who serves as President Biden’s chief medical adviser, has appeared at news conferences and on television interviews wearing two masks.
The simple face mask serves a crucial function in the effort to contain and eliminate the coronavirus: it serves as a barrier that helps prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others, and it also, to a lesser extent, prevents …

Super Bowl or Superspreader? Fauci Says to Stay Home Sunday

Just as health officials correctly warned against extended holiday gatherings before Thanksgiving and Christmas to avoid spreading the coronavirus, they are now telling American football fans to stay home on another occasion: Super Bowl Sunday.
Infectious disease experts were telling people that seeing grandma at her place on Thanksgiving could very well mean seeing her on Christmas in the ICU.  This week, events centered around the Super Bowl, the annual championship …

Is There a ‘Vaccine Passport’ in Your Future?

A “vaccine passport” may be in your future and in your digital wallet.
A vaccination passport is a form of certificate that proves that the bearer has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and possibly that he tested negative for the virus.  The goal of a vaccine passport is to allow individuals who have been vaccinated to travel with greater ease, although there is no current standard. Indeed, many groups are working on …