‘I am a girl’: One child’s journey to ‘truegender’

Four-year-old Trinity Neal tries on the pink "My Little Pony" dress that will mark her social transition to a female.(Photo: Courtesy of DeShanna Neal)His first word was Mama. His first sentence: "I am a girl."Xavier Neal of Wilmington never felt at home in his body. Once, he tried to castrate him
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Should I burn a tick off? 5 common myths about ticks

EmbedShare It’s going to be a bad summer for ticks because of milder winters and growing mice and deer populations. Sean Dowling (@seandowlingtv) has more. Buzz60This is a March 2002 file photo of a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in Sou
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With ‘Wonder Woman’s’ milestone opening, can comics draw Hollywood out of its sexist cave?

SOME FILM FANS bemoan superhero saturation while also rightly spotlighting the lack of diversity among top-grossing Hollywood directors. What they perhaps don’t appreciate, though, is that nerd-culture films might well be the best spear point for changing the entertainment landscape.Case in point:
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In ‘Grief Cottage,’ Gail Godwin explores the long shadow of loss

Ghosts haunt Gail Godwin’s new novel, “Grief Cottage.” Some are actual ghosts, such as the confederate soldier who sometimes shows up on the South Carolina beach where the story mainly takes place. But when Marcus, the novel’s 11-year-old narrator, visits the abandoned Grief Cottage, he sees
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Everyone’s a soloist in Eclipse Chamber concert

A non-principal orchestral musician recently reminded me, in response to a review focusing on first-chair players, that elite musicians are sitting in every seat in most orchestras. The Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, composed of musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, regularly offers the cha
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Best science fiction and fantasy books to read this month

Neal Stephenson has teamed up with novelist Nicole Galland to create “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. ” (Morrow), a sprawling mix of science fiction and fantasy. In this historical novel, linguist Melisande Stokes has a chance meeting with a handsome military intelligence officer named Tristan Lyo
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The most delightful heroine since Elizabeth Bennet

Standing at the shoreline on a calm, moonless night, you can hear a low-pitched roar. Some say it’s just the waves; others claim it’s a winged monster swimming through the watery depths. But it’s actually the sound of thousands of fans cheering for “The Essex Serpent,” an irresistible new
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Tackling race in opera — at center stage

One step in the convoluted and unpredictable process of creation is considering why one artistic form is better suited to a given message than another. Why is this particular story being told as a film, as a novel, in a painting — what does this medium bring to it than no other medium can?I ponder
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A new book by Lemony Snicket and other best books for young readers this month

In Goldfish Ghost (Ages 3-7) Lemony Snicket and illustrator Lisa Brown tell a tenderly funny story about what might happen after a beloved pet dies. “Goldfish Ghost was born on the surface of the water in a bowl on the dresser of a boy’s room,” begins this wistfully spooky tale. Pale and tran
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NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning. His official start date has not been determined, but he will begin working with the orchestra July 1, as he plans the timing of
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