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Man, 63, jumped to his death from Lincoln Square building

A man jumped to his death from a luxury Lincoln Square building Saturday morning, authorities said. The 63-year-old fell from approximately the 15th floor of 30 West 63rd Street around 6:45 a.m, police said. The 33-story building, located less than a block from Lincoln Center, also goes by the name 30 Lincoln Plaza. The victim,...
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Nation’s top CEOs sign letter calling for urgent small businesses aid
Many small businesses across the country face near-certain catastrophe if they do not receive Federal aid soon, a Monday letter signed by some of the biggest names in business claims. Mom and pop shops face “a wave of permanent closures” by Labor Day if the government doesn’t step in with a comprehensive recovery program, according...
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Eye Opener: Tropical Storm Isaias churns off Florida coast, heads north
Tropical Storm Isaias is churning off the east coast of Florida and is moving toward the Carolinas. Also, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator warns that the U.S. is in a new phase of the pandemic. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Isaias forecast to become hurricane again, target Carolinas before spreading impacts all the way to Maine
A re-energized Tropical Storm Isaias is now expected to make landfall in the Carolinas as a hurricane on Monday before spreading its impacts to over 50 million people along the Eastern Seaboard as far as Maine.
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Southern California battles wildfire and pandemic
More than 20,000 acres have burned and at least one home was destroyed by a wildfire in Southern California. Thousands of residents have evacuated, and there's an added struggle to protect the public from the wildfire and the coronavirus. Carter Evans reports.
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Strangers are becoming friends online thanks to Quarantine Island
Instead of staying locked inside his Brooklyn home, 29-year-old Cameron Couch spent part of his quarantine on a remote island, competing in a variety of physical and intellectual challenges.
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The Health 202: Hospitals must start paying back billions borrowed from government during pandemic
Medicare payments will be docked unless Congress takes action.
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A stench of sexism in the VP search
Forget the rumors. Focus on the criteria.
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The UK's troubled coronavirus response becomes more complicated
The UK's troubled response to the Covid-19 pandemic became even more confused on Monday, as government guidance seemingly at odds with itself rolls out across England, pushing the four nations of the UK further apart.
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Virus outbreak hits cruise ship that stopped at dozens of ports
Health authorities fear the ship could have infected dozens of towns and villages along Norway's western coast.
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Winnipeg Jets coach takes issue with hit on star Mark Scheifele: 'It was a filthy, dirty kick to the back of the leg'
Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk’s hit on Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele was a “filthy, dirty kick to the back of the leg,” Jets coach Paul Maurice told reporters Saturday.
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Stimulus negotiations: Things are in a bad place despite optimistic talk
Key deadlines on extending a federal eviction moratorium and federal unemployment benefits have come and gone. Yet lawmakers and the White House, sources say, are as far apart as they've ever been in talks on the next emergency aid package.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber slams ‘Cats’ movie: ‘The whole thing was ridiculous’
“The problem with the film was that Tom Hooper decided that he didn’t want anybody involved in it who was involved in the original show."
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Isaias to sweep from Carolinas to New England with heavy rains, storm surge and high winds
Hurricane warning issued for Carolinas where landfall is expected Monday night.
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Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic gives update on grandmother battling coronavirus in Bosnia
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic told reporters Sunday that his grandmother was doing better and was out of her coma as she battles the coronavirus in Bosnia.
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'Murder hornet' trapped for first time in Washington state, experts say
Nearly four months after the murder hornet first appeared in the U.S., researchers at the Washington State Department of Agriculture have trapped the irate insect for the first time in the state.
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Wild's Matt Dumba, the first NHL play to kneel during national anthem, will now raise his fist
The first NHL player to kneel, Matt Dumba of the Wild says he didn't mean any disrespect with his actions on Saturday, but will continue protesting.       
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Protests live updates: Calm returns to Portland after federal agents pull back
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Happy Birthday, Martha Stewart! Her life and career through the years
Martha Stewart turned 79 on Aug. 3, 2020. To celebrate the chef, businesswoman and author's birthday, we've rounded up 60 photos of her life through the years.        
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Kansas, of all places, is shaping up to be an important 2020 battleground
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach with his wife Heather in Topeka, Kansas on November 6, 2018. | Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images The most important Kansas primary elections, briefly explained. Kansas has a slate of important primary elections on Tuesday, setting up what could be one of the most competitive general election seasons in recent memory. From the presidential contest and an all-important Senate race to several House elections, the state is shaping up to be one of the more unlikely 2020 battlegrounds. Why? Because Kansas, where the electorate tends to skew moderate, seems to be souring on Donald Trump. The New York Times reported private polling has shown a close race between Trump and Joe Biden in the state. Trump won Kansas by more than 20 points in 2016, but a few months before the 2020 election, voters are pretty evenly split on the president’s job performance, according to Morning Consult. His approval rating has dropped by 20 points since he took office. In 2018, Democrat Laura Kelly won the governor’s race to put her party back in power for the first time in a decade. This is a state where more than half of voters identify as moderate or liberal. And its population has been growing more suburban and urban, despite its prairie reputation. “We have a big chunk of stereotypical suburban voters that are transitioning to be more Democratic now,” Patrick Miller, a political science professor at the University of Kansas, told me. “They’re not as comfortable today with the politics of the Republican Party, and a lot of them voted for Laura Kelly. Those voters carry a lot of heft.” In all likelihood, the presidential election isn’t going to be won or lost here. If Joe Biden prevails in Kansas, he’s probably on his way to a landslide. But the battle for control of the US Senate could be decided in this state. And the general election campaign could look quite different depending on which Republican triumphs in Tuesday’s primary. Kansas’s US Senate Republican primary Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, US Rep. Roger Marshall, and businessman Bob Hamilton are the leading contenders for the Republican Senate nomination, vying for the opportunity to succeed retiring Sen. Pat Roberts. Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images Sen. Pat Roberts on May 7. Kobach is a well-known commodity and has been an immigration hawk for years. As Miller puts it, he was “Trump before Trump was Trump.” He served two terms as secretary of state before running for governor in 2018. But Kobach’s inflammatory rhetoric and hardline views have sometimes put him at odds with the more moderate Kansas electorate, and he lost the governor’s race. He hasn’t been able to raise much money for the 2020 Senate race, though as Recode’s Teddy Schleifer reported, libertarian tech billionaire Peter Thiel pumped almost $1 million into the campaign to support Kobach. But he does enjoy support among Kansas’s more conservative voters, which has kept him at the front of the primary field. Marshall won his US House seat in 2018 before quickly being courted by the Republican establishment to run for Senate after the national party’s preferred choice, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, declined to enter the race. He is a party-line Republican; at times, he’s sounded open to reforms like a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, but he has also vocally supported Trump’s agenda. There is no getting to Kobach’s right on that particular issue, however, and so the primary campaign has assumed a familiar mainstream-versus-conservative tenor. “He’s the kind of Republican that, if Republican leadership has negotiated a compromise spending bill with Democrats, Marshall is going to vote for it because leadership is going to vote for it,” Miller said of Marshall. “He’s not going to vote no on principle.” Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images Rep. Roger Marshall speaks to reporters on October 23, 2019. According to the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senior Republicans have begged Trump to endorse Marshall over Kobach, fearing the latter would be more vulnerable in a general election after his 2018 loss. But Trump has so far not waded into the race and likely views Kobach as an ideological ally. Hamilton, who started his own plumbing business in the 1980s, is the wild card. He’s put more than $3 million of his own money into the campaign, portraying himself as the archconservative outsider. Polling on the race has been sparse, with the last survey from June showing Kobach with a 9-point lead (35-26) over Marshall and Hamilton sitting in third with 15 percent. At this point, the Kansas Senate race is likely to be somewhat competitive, in a state that hasn’t sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1932, no matter who the Republican candidate is. Barbara Bollier, a state senator expected to easily prevail in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, has raised more than $7 million so far, much more than any of her potential GOP opponents. “I think that’s really shocked people, to put that lightly,” Miller said. “I think she’s proving herself to be a better candidate than a lot of people wanted to give her credit for.” But national forecasters expect the race to be tighter if Kobach, who has already lost a statewide election in the Trump era, wins the Republican nomination. Sabato’s Crystal Ball currently rates the Kansas Senate race Likely Republican, but that would change if Kobach emerges with the nomination. “I do think a Kobach nomination endangers the Senate seat, and makes the overall GOP path to retaining a Senate majority harder,” Kyle Kondik, managing editor at the Crystal Ball, told me. “We will make the rating of Kansas more competitive if Kobach wins.” Kansas First Congressional District Republican primary Marshall is vacating his seat in Kansas’s First Congressional District so that he can run for Senate. The district, which covers most of western Kansas, has a strong Republican bent; the Cook Political Report rates it R+24, meaning it’s 24 points more Republican than the US overall. That means the winner of the GOP primary on Tuesday is all but assured to wind up in Congress next year. Sabato’s Crystal Ball rates the district Safe Republican. Tracey Mann, a former lieutenant governor, is considered the frontrunner, though Bill Clifford, a doctor and businessman, has spent more than $500,000 of his own money to try to make the primary competitive. “I think people would be surprised if Mann didn’t win,” Miller told me. The expected Democratic nominee after Tuesday’s primary, Kali Barnett, is “a good candidate in the wrong district” for the general election, Miller said. “If she gets 30 percent, that’s an accomplishment.” Kansas Second Congressional District primaries Oddly enough, it is the Republican incumbent in the Second District, which covers most of eastern Kansas besides the immediate Kansas City region, who is facing the most notable primary challenge. Rep. Steve Watkins is currently facing felony charges for alleged voter fraud. Prosecutors have said he used an inaccurate address to vote in a 2019 municipal election, leading him to vote in the wrong city council election. Watkins has said the address mix-up was a simple mistake and called the charges “hyper political” and suspicious, according to the Kansas City Star, insinuating the prosecutor is trying to help his Republican primary opponent, Jake LaTurner. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images Rep. Steve Watkins in the Capitol on on Feb. 11. LaTurner, 32, is the Kansas state Treasurer. He’s also received the endorsement of the Kansas Farmer Bureau, one of the most important interest groups in the state. LaTurner has criticized Watkins over the voting scandal, saying he is putting a winnable seat at risk. There has been no public polling heading into Tuesday’s election. Whoever comes out of the GOP primary is expected to face Democrat Michelle De La Isla, mayor of Topeka. She has raised a healthy amount of money in the primary (more than $700,000) and could use her compelling life story — she had been homeless for a time in her native Puerto Rico before moving to Kansas, getting a college degree, and entering political life — to make the general election campaign a close one. Sabato’s Crystal Ball rates the race Likely Republican, but some other forecasters like the Cook Political Report place it in a more competitive category. “Her primary is just a formality,” Miller said of De La Isla. “Democrats are, I think, very interested in this district.” Kansas Third Congressional District Republican primary Rep. Sharice Davids is the Democratic incumbent. She took the seat in 2018, part of the wave that won her party control of the House. “It’s your poster child for high-education, high-income suburbia, zipping off Democratic at warp speed,” Miller told me. “It’s hard to see Republicans seriously contesting a district like this.” It’s still teetering on the edge of being competitive: Cook rates the district R+4 and Lean Democratic, though Sabato’s Crystal Ball is more confident in Davids’s chances, putting the race in the Likely Democratic column. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images Rep. Sharice Davids speaks at the event in the Capitol on March 10. The Republican primary field, to determine who will challenge Davids, is cluttered. Three candidates — businesswoman Amanda Adkins, ex-nonprofit CEO Sara Hart Weir, and former mayor Adrienne Vallejo Foster — have raised at least six figures and have legitimate political credentials; Adkins notably served as an adviser to then-Gov. Sam Brownback. The candidates in the Third District, Miller told me, are “falling over themselves to be as pro-Trump as possible.” “That’s where they’ve come into conflict with each other,” he said. “Who’s the Trumpiest here?” Given the changing political nature of the district, that could end up being a problem in the November race against Davids. But first, one of them must make it out of Tuesday’s primary. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. 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The Cybersecurity 202: White House backpedals after Trump’s suggested election delay crossed GOP red line
Republican leaders are still slamming Trump floating a November election postponement.
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Black bear euthanized after attacking elderly New Jersey man in his garage
A black bear has been euthanized in New Jersey after attacking an elderly man in his garage — leaving him needing 30 stitches to his face, according to reports. Ronald Jelinek, 82, told cops that he was attacked when he returned to the garage of his West Milford home after leaving the door open while...
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Tropical Storm Isaias aims towards the Carolinas
Tropical Storm isaias has prompted hurricane warnings to be posted from areas north of Charleston, SC towards Wilmington, NC. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri had the latest forecast.
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The Hong Kong restaurateur turning food waste into soil
Nearly a third of the trash dumped in Hong Kong's landfills is food waste. Bobsy Gaia, who owns two wholefood restaurants in the city, is working to reduce that waste by composting food scraps and old packaging into soil that can be used for gardening.
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Marines call off search for 8 missing military members
The AAV was carrying 15 Marines and one sailor when it was transferring the sailors from the shores of San Clemente Island near San Diego to a Navy ship.
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Nevada passes bill to mail all voters ballots amid pandemic
The bill now heads to Governor Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, who is expected to sign it.
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Biden increases Texas staff and resources in bid to win Lone Star state
The last Democrat to win the historically conservative Lone Star state was Jimmy Carter in 1976.
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Men's Wearhouse owner files for bankruptcy as pandemic torpedoes suit sales
Tailored Brands, which owns Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, has filed for bankruptcy, becoming the latest US retail casualty of the coronavirus pandemic that wiped out demand for office attire.
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Colleges need to test for Covid-19 frequently to keep campuses open this fall, study says
If college campuses want to remain open this fall, it may take frequent screening of college students, according to a modeling study published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open.
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Trump campaign re-launches ads with focus on critical early voting states
EXCLUSIVE: The Trump campaign resumed airing national ads on Monday with what officials called a "smarter, more strategic" approach focused on early voting states, after hitting pause in order to review their tactics. 
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Brad Keselowski gets third 2020 NASCAR win at New Hampshire
The 2012 Cup champion took the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, beating Hamlin by 1.647 seconds after trading the lead with him for most of the 301-lap race.
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California Has Lost A Greater Share Of Revenue Than Most States Due To COVID-19
During the coronavirus pandemic, states have struggled with staggering revenue losses and budget shortfalls. Here's what is happening in California.
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Tigers' Tyler Alexander ties American League record with nine straight strikeouts
Detroit Tigers pitcher Tyler Alexander tied an American League record Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds.
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Royals' Jakob Junis kick-starts odd double play in second inning vs. White Sox
The Kansas City Royals completed one of the weirdest double plays ever seen in recent baseball memory on Sunday in a game against the Chicago White Sox.
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Some mystery seeds illegally sent from China identified
At least 14 of the seed species had been identified, according to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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Tropical storm warning issued for tri-state area as Isaias approaches
A tropical storm warning was issued Monday for the tri-state area as Tropical Storm Isaias is forecast to gain near hurricane strength on its trek toward the Carolinas – before unleashing pounding rain and strong winds on the Big Apple and surrounding areas Tuesday. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, forecasters said....
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has coronavirus
He's been asymptomatic and has self-quarantined, the team says. He's the second NFL head coach to get the virus, after New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton.
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Women’s suffrage was a giant leap for democracy. We haven’t stuck the landing yet.
It’s been 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave women the vote. What’s changed, and what hasn’t?
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A 90-year-old Chevy Chase man spent months making masks. In return he got a birthday parade.
Dan Willkens has donated over 300 masks to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
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Celtics' Jayson Tatum gets boost from special virtual fan in bounce-back performance
Jayson Tatum rebounded from a terrible game Friday by scoring 34 points Sunday with his young son Deuce in the Celtics' virtual fan section.        
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I'm on a boat: What to know and how to go about renting a boat in the age of COVID-19
If you're ready to get out on the water for a fun social distancing activity, here's what you need to know about renting a boat.       
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What We Learned About Paid Sick Leave in the U.S. From the H1N1 Outbreak
The debate for federal paid sick leave began during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 and it continues today. Here's what we can learn from the past
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The commerce clause was a GOP bogeyman. Now it’s being used to authorize pandemic liability protections.
The Republican Party and the Trump administration would deploy the commerce clause not to protect workers but to limit their rights.
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Who supports QAnon? Here’s what our poll finds.
Its appeal is not really based on traditional left-right, Democratic-Republican politics.
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These Are the 10 ‘Most Urgent’ Cases of Threats to Press Freedom Around the World in August 2020
On Monday, One Free Press Coalition launched its 18th list of the most urgent cases of journalists under attack for pursing the truth
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If corporations want to stop racism, here’s where they can start
People, purchasing and philanthropy, in that order.
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Summer of KidsPost: A pool, a puppy and a party for Canada
Kids share what they’re up to during summer break.
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Do these garage doors need to be replaced — or just repainted?
The panels may not be damaged. Poking them with something sharp will help you tell.
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I’m Traveling, Even Though I’m Stuck at Home
For many people, travel is a way of life. When not on the road, we dream of being on the road. As we fly home from one trip, we’re planning the next. That certainly describes me. And yet, several months into the pandemic, I’ve realized that the essence of traveling requires no passport and no plane ticket. A good traveler can take a trip and never leave her hometown.For the past 30 years, I’ve spent four months in Europe each year, writing guidebooks, producing travel television, and leading bus tours. Since mid-March, I’ve slept in the same bed. I’ve eaten dinner at the same table with the same person. A weekly venture to the supermarket is my big excursion. There’s nothing in my pockets, nothing on my calendar, and the only things I’m wearing out are my favorite slippers. I’m home for my first Seattle summer since 1980.Rick Steves traveling in 1978. (Courtesy of Rick Steves’ Europe)Stuck here, I’ve been pondering a big question: Why do I travel? When I was young, I sought out vacations on which I could have fun checking iconic sights off my bucket list. As the years went on, I realized that I traveled more to get out of my comfort zone, to find who I was in the immense scheme of things, and to fly home with the best souvenir: a broader perspective. Since March, I’ve tried to apply this mindset to my current situation. I’ve found that I can satisfy my wanderlust with “sightseeing highlights” just down the street and cultural eurekas that I never appreciated. Before the pandemic, I didn’t think to savor the little, nearby joys in the same way I did while abroad. To be honest, I ignored them. Now I notice the tone of the ferry’s horn, the majesty of my hometown sunset.[Read: The strange pleasure of planning a post-pandemic vacation]Similarly, while I enjoy sampling new cuisines abroad, I’m lost in my own kitchen. I never cooked until this year—literally never made pasta, never used olive oil, never cared that there are different kinds of potatoes. Now, like someone experiencing the delights of Europe for the first time, I thrill at the sensation of a knife cutting through a crisp onion.Rick Steves cooking at home during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Rick Steves’ Europe)Travelers are free to wonder, seeking inspiration. We marvel at the glorious achievements of the past: ancient Greek philosophy, Renaissance genius, heroic struggles for liberty, equality, brotherhood. While many Americans temporarily cannot visit museums, cathedrals, and monuments, we can be inspired by books, movies, lectures, and conversations. We can explore our backyards like a tourist would. In the past few months, I’ve read the historic plaques in my hometown, wandered through our little cemetery, and admired the church steeple (even if it’s just a painted cross mounted on hardware-store dowels).I’ve also been dusting off old passions. I sifted through the brittle postcards, coated in minuscule handwriting, that I sent home from my earliest backpacking trips. And I oiled up my old trumpet, which had sat in the darkness of its case since I was in college. With each sunset, I play taps from my deck. The neighbors come out, whoop, and clap, and we are reminded—as the sun dips out of sight—that we are in this together and blessed with our health, a beautiful environment, and one another.This crisis has made me aware of things I’d come to take for granted. For my entire adult life, spending three months each year in Europe has been routine. Now grounded at home, I see clearly how fortunate I was to regularly jet around the world. And reflecting on the suffering this pandemic is causing both near and far, I’m also mindful of my privilege to be able to work from home for a steady paycheck—something I know many do not have right now.Travel teaches us that there’s more to life than increasing its speed. This quarantine has been therapy for a workaholic like me. Perhaps the pandemic is the universe’s way of telling us all to slow down. And, like travel, this crisis is reminding us of how we need one another, and we need one another to be safe and cared for. Hard times highlight the importance of public services and good governance, as well as the value of neighbors.[Read: Traveling teaches students in a way schools can’t]While the future is uncertain, approaching the world as a traveler can make us less afraid. It opens our minds, it opens our hearts, and it enriches our lives. I am confident that, sooner or later, we’ll be planning trips and packing our bags again. In the meantime, I’ll be patient and continue to embrace life with the traveler’s spirit here at home.On the road, I find myself saying “Life is good” a lot. And even while homebound during a pandemic, I find plenty to be thankful for—and many reasons to strive for a world where all can say: Life is good.
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