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City Life

Is Massachusetts Shaming Divorced Parents?

On a Monday afternoon this summer, when I should have been working, I closed down Slack, shut my bedroom door for privacy, and joined a […]

City Life

A Slaying in the Suburbs

On a warm evening in mid-May, Ingolf Tuerk pulled his silver Mercedes G-Wagen into the three-car garage at 29 Valley Road in Dover and sat […]

City Life

Will Boston’s Next Mayor Be a Woman of Color?

A Black woman in a brightly colored floral-pattern dress stands on a front stoop and looks you right in the eyes through the camera. “Who’s […]

Arts & Entertainment

The Re-Education of the Museum of Fine Arts

On a drizzly afternoon last spring, Makeeba McCreary was lingering over a cup of coffee while catching up with a colleague at the Museum of […]

Travel

COVID vs. the Ski Industry

The morning of March 12 at Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont’s Green Mountains, was, by all accounts, a bluebird day. That’s old-school, ski-bum speak […]

Restaurants

The Year That Changed Boston’s Dining Scene Forever

What would you choose for a last meal? I never thought I’d ask myself that question—or a version of it, anyway—until a microscopic virus arrived […]

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Wellness

The Dentist Will Screen You Now

Way back when, during the simpler days of December, I made a routine appointment for a teeth cleaning. It was the sort of thing I […]

City Life

The Police Shooting that Boston Forgot

Fifty years ago, rising soul sensation Franklin Lynch was shot dead by police at Boston City Hospital. The killing of an unarmed man, and its […]

Wellness

Inside Boston’s Looming Mental Health Crisis

Read more about Boston’s mental health crisis If I asked how you are doing today, how would you answer? You might say “pretty well”—after all, […]

City Life

How to Disrupt the Whiteness of Boston Philanthropy, One Dollar at a Time

Quincy Miller is no stranger to community service. The president of Eastern Bank has given his time and expertise to organizations that help kids become […]

City Life

Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Marked the End of Casual Sex?

Not long after the virus first hit, I was in a committed relationship, so casual sex wasn’t really an issue. When the relationship ended, though, […]

City Life

Could COVID-19 Have Escaped from a Lab?

In January, as she watched the news about a novel virus spreading out of control in China, Alina Chan braced for a shutdown. The molecular […]

City Life

The NAACP Convention That Never Came to Town

Edited by David S. Bernstein Keynote Address Deval Patrick Former Massachusetts Governor America is a country built on aspiration, a nation reaching for the ideals […]

City Life

A Bostonian Abroad in the Suburbs

During the first weekend of March, I was pretty busy. On Saturday alone, I took the Red Line into Davis Square to meet friends at […]

City Life

The Last Lobster Supper?

Mark Ring has been fishing the Stanley Thomas for nearly 30 years. With its red hull, the sturdy boat is the watercraft incarnation of Ring […]