Love Letter: Want to Find Love? Stop Dating

In the modern age of dating, where your next suitor could be just a swipe away, some singles have grown tired of the revolving door of dates. In this week’s Modern Love essay, Gregory Walters, a writer living in Vancouver, decided to take a more carefree approach. He suspended his accounts on traditional dating apps and created a profile on a hookup app in search of a fling. However, when he agreed to meet a man who had messaged him on the app, what he had hoped would start (and end) as a casual encounter soon grew to be much more.

For Chelsea Moore, a law student, and Christopher Blackwell, who is incarcerated, getting married at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington State wasn’t their dream wedding. However, on Sept. 18 the couple, wearing masks and standing six feet apart, were married in the visitors’ room of the prison. Although the process to gain permission to marry proved to be long and arduous, the ceremony was brief and bittersweet. The couple said they were grateful not only to be married but that other couples in similar circumstances would also have the opportunity to marry during this difficult time.

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As the coronavirus continues to keep loved ones apart, hugs are among the many things we have missed the most. And, not surprisingly, embracing a friend, family member or spouse is proven to make us healthier and happier. We’re all a bit out of practice, but here are a few tips on how to navigate that big squeeze (when it’s safe to do so again).

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