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What He Hadn’t Told Me

At first, he was a fairy tale. Later, an addiction. We met the old-fashioned way — on a Muslim dating app. I had swiped right. Because he had kind eyes, or because a random phrase from his profile resonated with me. Because he understood…

For Them, It Was Love and Baseball

Erik Braverman and Jonathan Cottrell’s wedding at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, where Mr. Braverman works as a senior vice president for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was a celebration of love. Also of progress.“We knew it would mean a lot to a…

Holding on Through Tragedy After Tragedy

When Rachel Seals matched with Elliott Averett on Bumble in October 2016, his profile referred to the rugged “Parks and Recreation” character Ron Swanson as a role model. “I told him it wasn’t very Ron Swanson-esque to be on a dating app,”…

A foodie walks into a bar…

Not so long ago, you’d be lucky to get a cube of sweaty cheddar and a pickled onion at your local wine bar. Now, you go to a bar to eat as much as to drink. They have real kitchens, “proper” chefs and considered menus, yet they still come…