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On a recent evening in St. Louis, the crowd at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis overflowed the room in which Amy Sherald was speaking, so late arrivals watched the artist talk on monitors in the atrium. It’s been a little over three months since Sherald, the artist who painted Michelle Obama’s official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, became a public figure, admired and reviled according to the usual cleavages of race and culture that divide this country. But for an artist who confesses a “healthy amount of self-doubt,” she is poised, confident and funny when addressing a crowd of people who deeply appreciate what she has done for painting, for women, for the Obamas, and for the cause of African American artists.

Fear of failing. Fear of succeeding. Doubt, worry, and anxiety. We vacillate, falter, and dither over basic decisions and necessary actions. We disappoint ourselves and those we care about most.

On a sunny Saturday, 20 high school students thrash through thorny brambles to descend upon a burbling little stream in Jackson Hollow, north of Haymarket, Va. One student kneels in the water with a thermometer, another gauges the current with a flow meter, a third measures the water’s oxygen content.

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. In a move that is both very teenage and very rock musician and therefore extremely teenage rock musician, Lindsey Jordan is still sleeping off last night’s party somewhere when her interview is scheduled to begin.

My wife says I love my work too much to ever retire. Perhaps she’s right. But my experiences as a neurologist and clinical director of an Alzheimer center have led me to think a lot about the circumstances under which it would be wise to move on. In fact, having reached my 60s — joining the fastest-growing segment of our population — I’ve been considering what changes in my cognitive capacity would lead me to no longer wish to keep on working.

Sophisticated AI technologies are helping reinvent how Americans work, offering powerful software that can read and react to mountains of data and save them time and stress along the way. ¶ But its rollout is also sparking tensions in workplaces as humble and old-fashioned as the dairy farm. That down-home resistance raises a question farmers might be tackling before much of the rest of the workforce: Can new technology ever beat old intuition — even when it comes to a bunch of cows?

Rightsizing. Realignment. Reorganizing. Layoff. Call it what you want, it means the same thing to the person affected: No work, no income.

Employers are looking for workers who demonstrate certain characteristics in an interview. Those are: Honesty about experience and qualifications; Education on the company and job; Alert in posture and attentiveness; and Thankful for the opportunity to serve the needs of the company.

With the start of spring just a couple of days away, now is a good time to consider how we might freshen things up a bit with some spring cleaning. Out with the old and in with the new.

In the past decade, Tom Whalen, a 27-year-old Baltimore County man, has had jobs at an animal shelter, a mailroom, multiple grocery stores, a doggy day-care center and a landscaping company.

When people talk about harmful stress — the kind that can affect health — they usually point to big, life-changing events, such as the death of a loved one. A growing body of research suggests that minor, everyday stress — caused by flight delays, traffic jams, cellphones that run out of battery during an important call, etc. — can harm health, too, and even shorten life spans.