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COVID Aftereffects

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What’s the Future of Boston Philanthropy?

It’s a tradition as American as apple pie: Every July Fourth since 1974, the Boston Pops have descended on the Hatch Shell for an evening […]

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COVID Diary: Finding Solace in the Little Things

By July 2020, COVID-19 was already entrenched in Massachusetts. It dominated the airwaves and the newspapers. And for most of us, it dominated our lives. […]

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Please, I Am Begging You, No More QR Codes

I remember the first wave of the QR code pandemic well. It was back in the early ’10s, when smartphones were well into their rise […]

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Grayer, but Stronger

Recently, I looked through some photos of myself from late 2019, and I couldn’t help but notice that the Lisa in those pictures looked…a lot […]

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You’re Not Imagining Things: More People Are Getting Called for Jury Duty Right Now

Way back in early 2020, a summons for jury duty hit my mailbox. I’d gotten them before, but by the time April rolled around, it […]


A Handy Guide to Not Being a Monster When You Dine Out In Boston

It’s the first summer with COVID vaccines in arms, and restaurant crowds have returned at a volume not seen since before the pandemic. Hurray! How […]


Boston Restaurants Are Reopening—But Where Are All the Workers?

On a frigid April evening, chef Dave Becker is fiddling with a heat lamp on the patio of Juniper, his Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in Wellesley. […]

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What’s Next: The Ultimate Guide to Boston’s Post-Pandemic Future

From North End restaurants to Theater District playhouses, it’s been slightly more than a year since Boston transformed from a Boom Town to a Ghost […]

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The Future of Everything: 10 Long Term Predictions for Boston

Transportation Trains Will Solve the Transportation Crisis Jarred Johnson Executive director, TransitMatters Some of the most futuristic societies in the world—Japan, Korea, Hong Kong—have heavily […]


Confessions of a COVID-Era Wedding Photographer

Ever wondered what it’s like to photograph a wedding during a global pandemic? We have, too. So we went straight to the source, reaching out […]

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Quiz: Are You Ready to Rejoin Society?

Socially Scarred Emerging from your COVID cocoon won’t be easy. Consider baby-stepping your way to places known to be empty and eerily abandoned, such as […]

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The Anxious Bostonian’s Guide to Finally Getting Out of the Bubble

Vaccines May Be Here, But Getting Back to Regular Life Is Going to Take Some Time After a full year of isolation and endless TV, […]

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Vaccines May Be Here, but Getting Back to Regular Life Is Going to Take Some Time

Once upon a time, I was a person who dragged my friends along to the opening night of every major movie release. I excitedly texted […]

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The Complete Etiquette Guide: Vaccine Edition

SCENARIO ONE You’re invited to a barbecue with people you haven’t seen in person since March 2020. It’s mixed company; you’ve gotten the stab, but […]

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Things to Do in Boston Now That You’re Vaccinated and Ready to Party

So your final dose of the vaccine is kicking in, antibodies are coursing through your veins, and you’re ready to hit the town. Where do […]