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What You Need to Know about the Idea of a “Vaccine Pass”

The vaccine passes are coming! Or…are they? From the early days of the pandemic, the concept of a vaccine pass (sometimes called a vaccine passport) […]

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An Insider’s Guide to Getting a Vaccine Appointment in Massachusetts

The state’s new preregistration system has taken some of the guesswork out of the vaccine rollout. Whether you’re eligible yet or not, all adults in […]

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Charlie Baker: Leadership, Lessons Learned, and What Lies Ahead

“It’s nice to see you,” Charlie Baker says, walking toward me and bending his long right arm so his elbow points in my direction. I […]

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Luke O’Neil Found Fresh Hell in the Suburbs. But What Exactly Did He Leave Behind?

Back on a random Friday in November of 2019, I walked out of Great Scott for the last time. A whole bar full of us […]


The Highly Competitive, Hypocritical, and Altogether Essential World of Pandemic Pods

On a Thursday afternoon in mid-March last year, Elizabeth (last name withheld upon request) sauntered out of her Arlington home and down her walkway toward […]

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Why Did Boston Hospitals Briefly Stop Receiving Vaccine Doses?

What in the world was he thinking? I’m talking about the baffling decision by Gov. Charlie Baker—a man who prides himself on being a manager […]

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Secret Tips to Book Your Vaccine Appointment Online

Update, 3/12/21: The governor has instituted a pre-registration system for all residents. Go here to sign up, fill out the relevant information, and choose a […]

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The New Antihero of the Massachusetts’ Vaccine Rollout: The Four-Armed Octopus of Doom

It’s playfully orange, nestled into a cloud colored gentle baby blue. Its four (not eight!) tentacles sprout from its featureless orb body and are splayed […]

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What You Need to Know about Boston’s Vaccine Sites

First, please join me in taking a giant step back for a moment. Vaccines are here. All the science available to us right now shows that […]

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How to Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Boston This Year

Valentine’s Day inches ever closer and love is in the air. Chocolates and flowers line the aisles of every grocery store and corner store. But […]

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Five Ways Massachusetts Ditched the Nanny State during the Pandemic

On the one hand, city and state government decisions have never played a more jarringly intrusive role in our day-to-day activities, with sweeping curfews, strictly […]

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42 Books to Help You Get Through the Rest of Quarantine, Chosen by Boston Booksellers

It’s been nearly a year since the COVID pandemic shut down the city. It’s cold and nasty out. You’ve driven the scenic drives, you’ve memorized […]

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What’s Wrong with My Plant?

At some point in 2020, I bought a plant. I can’t remember when, exactly, but somewhere between 5 and 11 months ago I spotted a […]

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At Least for Now, Fenway Is the People’s Park

Not having Fenway Park this year really sucked. For the first time in maybe a decade, a year went by without the chance to spend […]

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When the Rollout Ramps Up, What Do We Do about Vaccine Line-Cutters?

For this early, and admittedly very “bumpy,” phase of the vaccine rollout in Massachusetts, much of the focus has been on making sure the right […]