Read about a hotel made of ice, Reba McEntire, and the largest private manuscript library in the world. Plus writing from Joan Didion and Truman Capote, as well as cartoons, humor, and our classic Christmas cover illustrations.
By Nina Shapiro, M.D., with Kristin Loberg
Are you wasting your money on supplements?
By Todd Pitock
A night at Québec’s Hôtel de Glace, built entirely of ice
Share Your Wisdom
By Chip Conley
The secret to a meaningful life is passing on what you’ve learned
History at Your Fingertips
By Dennis Maurizi
From Beethoven toRockwell — inside the world’s largest (free) collection of original documents
GALLERY FROM THE ARCHIVE
By Ellen Michaud
On Christmas night, families gather to sing carols, light candles, and dream of miracles
FROM THE ARCHIVE
The Big Rock Candy Figgy Pudding Pitfall
By Joan Didion
Making hard-candy topiaries couldn’t be that hard, right?
A Christmas Memory
By Truman Capote
The tale of an odd friendship between two innocent souls — one young and one old
From the Editor: Too much of a good thing?
Letters: Cheers and jeers
the Argument: Feasting has its place in a balanced life
American Pop: What Mister Rogers taught me about life
Lighter Side: Nothing like a road trip to stir your soul
In My Life: Facing the demon of chronic anxiety
Post-Its: Christmas markets; 3 questions for Reba McEntire; top books and movies; more
Your Health: Free get-fit apps; dry needling for pain relief; weight loss tips; more
Healthy Eating: No-fuss holiday feast
Everyday Heroes: Meet the Earthwatch megastar helping scientists study the planet
Backstory: Fanny Farmer stirred a culinary revolution
the Vault: Gems from our archive — Mae West’s ageless sex appeal; Rockwell; more