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Personal Essay

City Life

Why I’m Quitting Dating Apps (for Now)

How was your date?” a close friend asked me as soon as I walked into her house one day this fall. Like me, she is […]

City Life

Remembering the Real Victim in the Karen Read Case, My Friend John O’Keefe

My phone was still on silent when I woke the morning of January 30, 2022, to four missed calls and a text from a friend […]

City Life

Why I Left My Dream Job at WBZ

It was a spectacular, sunny day on Cape Cod. And yet I was devastatingly sad. While my kids and wife were happily getting ready for […]


The Cold Truth: Swimming Walden Pond in November

I arrived at Walden Pond State Reservation just after sunrise, recalling that a certain local resident named Thoreau once wrote, “Morning brings back the heroic […]

City Life

Why I Left the Boston Ballet

Standing in the wings before the curtain lifted for the third and final act of The Sleeping Beauty, I became acutely aware of the backstage […]

City Life

Confessions of a Twitcher

I used to do cocaine. A lot of it. As in, five out of seven nights a week. It might not be immediately apparent what […]

Life & Style

Meditating on the Art of Marriage

This is a love story, both simple and tricky, as all love stories are. I will begin with the tricky part, on Lake Champlain in […]


Into the Antarctic Void: My Luxury Cruise to Breathtaking Desolation

I have a photo of myself standing high on a ridge overlooking Neko Harbor in Antarctica. I appear to be smiling, and my hatless head […]

City Life

How I Learned There’s Heroism in Preparedness

April 15, 2013, was a gut-wrenching, horrible day, one in which I, as executive director of the Boston Marathon and president of the Boston Athletic […]

City Life

The Real, Essential Backstory of ‘the Embrace’

The ceremony that took place before the monument to Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, was revealed had all the hallmarks […]

City Life

The Case Against Trying To ‘Have It All’

Walt Disney once said that if you can visualize it and if you can dream it, there’s a way to do it. Yet this was […]

City Life

To Jeep, or Not to Jeep, That is the Question

It was the first week of May 2022, and I was thinking about my car, specifically how long it was going to last. My hope […]

City Life

Jane Swift and Me, 20 Years Later

On a warm, sunny day this past summer, I drove up a long driveway to former Governor Jane Swift’s Williamstown farm, located high on a […]

Arts & Entertainment

A Veteran Boston Writer Fondly Recalls His Hollywood Adventures

Let’s face it: Even in buttoned-up Boston, we’re no strangers to the glamour and allure of Hollywood. Old-time stars like Bette Davis and Jack Lemmon […]


Is This the End of the High School Varsity Jacket?

As the days become cooler and leaves start to fall, a wave of nostalgia washes over me as I watch my 16-year-old twin boys head […]