Shannon Fischer

Body by Boston: Be a Fighter

IT COULD BE SOMETHING in the national mood that has made combat sports so popular. Or it could be that we want to look a little more like Brad Pitt brawling in Fight Club. Whatever the cause, when you’re ready…

Spout Off

THE SUN IS HIGH, the air is warm, and across New England seven million vegetable-gardening enthusiasts have grabbed their trowels and started digging. Green thumbs have even found a place in the city of Boston, thanks to swaths of greenery…

Person of Interest: Kevin Peterson

Every 10 years, our lawmakers get together to redraw the state’s Congressional districts. It’s supposed to be done in a way that benefits constituents…but it seems to usually wind up benefiting the lawmakers themselves. For many of us, in fact,…

Rule the Roost

IT USED TO BE that only birds twittered and tweeted. Though the online community has appropriated those activities, our feathered friends still own the market on chirping, warbling, and even chirruping — a chorus that more than 55 million Americans…

Warm Brews: Recipes

Pumpkin Pie Martini: The Oak Bar at the Fairmont Copley Plaza2 ½ oz Vanilla vodka1 oz pumpkin spice syrup1 oz pumpkin pie puree (1 can spice mix in 1 cup water)½ oz Amarula Cream liqueurAn assortment of pumpkin pie spices…

The Thanksgiving Breakdown

THIS TURKEY DAY, more than 700,000 Massachusetts residents will kick off the holiday season by enduring full-body scans at Logan, traffic jams on the Mass. Pike, and probably a Fung Wah bus fire or two. Most of us will get…

Person of Interest: Tom Perrotta

TOM PEROTTA IS NO STRANGER to fame. The Belmont author has six acclaimed novels under his belt. His script for Little Children, his second book made into a movie, earned him an Oscar nomination. The New York Times dubbed him…

Pet Project

Kathy Palmer wants to make your pet happy. Her just-opened Newbury Street boutique, an urban playground for dogs and cats, is an extension of her 10-year-old shop in Portland, Maine. Think Apple store for animals – Fish & Bone features…