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The grinding fear and stress of a homeless mother

Stephanie Land’s memoir is “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive’’

Miss Conduct

Advice: At family gatherings, do kids have to give hugs and kisses?

Some parents force their children to be affectionate with near strangers, which is awkward for everyone.

Love Letters

Am I a secret?

It was difficult not to be invited to parties with friends and family during the holidays.

Picnic tables look out over grapes at Larson Family vineyards.

Wine country with kids is still a bunch of fun (and even relaxing)

There are plenty of vineyards that cater to families, giving them room to roam and be a little crazy. And, of course, the wine helps.

Cross country skiers and their dogs get in a skijoring workout at Gunstock Mountain.

Unleash your dog’s love of winter by skijoring

Skijoring — the simple and easy Scandinavian sport where you cross-country ski with your dog towing you along — is becoming very popular in New England.

The VIP Lounge

The VIP Lounge with Matt Chatham

We caught up with the former-Patriots-player-turned-writer/announcer/analyst to talk about all things travel.

‘Unicorns and mermaids are very hot . . . also, narwhals’ (and other lessons from a souvenirs expert)

We talk to Mike Bass about the family business, Bass Resort Sales Corp., which sells souvenirs to amusement and water parks.

Skamania Lodge’s new treehouses are nestled in Douglas firs.

A treehouse with all the creature comforts

Staying in a rustic treehouse appeals to some travelers, but others hold dear to the modern amenities found in a hotel room. Skamania Lodge won’t make you choose.

Still dreaming of Boise. (That’s ‘Boy C, not Boy Z’)

There’s a wholesome, fresh-air feel to the “City of Trees.” But there’s also an underlying sense that eccentricity might lurk just behind those inviting front-porch doors.

Jess and Kim Lawrence played travel roulette for their honeymoon, discovering at the airport that they were going to Copenhagen.

Feeling adventurous? Try your hand at travel roulette

The rules are simple: Show up at the airport. Book the first flight you see. Leave.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 13-19

A weekly calendar of literary events.

N.H. child advocate office says state must better protect kids

Children suffering psychological abuse are underserved by New Hampshire’s child protection system, according to a report released Monday by the state Office of the Child Advocate.

By the Glass: Wines worth a pour between $12 and $30

Fizzy Italian pours offer refreshingly earthy effervescence

To fully enjoy these wines, gently invert bottles to reintegrate the creamy lees into the wine before opening. And because these are moderate in alcohol, you can remain light on your feet as you stride into the new year.

Sharlung Dolkar dishes up bhatsa marku.

A world away from her native Tibet, she celebrates Losar — the Tibetan New Year — with traditional foods

The Tibetan New Year starts on Feb. 5.

Love Letters

Should I send a text for closure?

I ignored him for a week and felt empowered at first. But now that I have not heard back from him, I don’t feel empowered anymore.

Add avocado oil into your kitchen mix

The heart-healthy oil has a buttery texture and a mild, neutral flavor and doesn’t taste like avocado but rather adds depth to a dressing.

Q&A with the authors of ‘Did You Just Eat That?’

In their new book “Did You Just Eat That? Two Scientists Explore Double-Dipping, the Five-Second Rule, and Other Food Myths in the Lab,” food scientists Paul Dawson, Brian Sheldon, and a team of student researchers investigate nine myths about food safety and the spread of germs.

Kuhn Rikon is pairing its knives with some fun

The company is offering a limited edition of new designs in bright colors and playful prints that are just plain fun — pop art, funky fruit, and tropics.

A placemat with a Modern-twist

They have a silky soft feel like fabric, but are actually made of high-quality, food grade silicone.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Prince Harry watch a dance troupe perform at the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, as part of a visit to Birkenhead, England, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (Danny Lawson/Pool Photo via AP)


Baby boy or girl? It seems Meghan and Harry don’t know yet

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have apparently chosen not to learn the gender of the baby they are expecting this spring.

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings on Cape Cod as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Ask Amy

Spouse struggles to share husband’s losses

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

An artist’s rendering of what we can expect when the Time Out Market opens at the Fenway’s former Landmark Center this year.

Time Out Market reveals lineup of noted chefs ahead of spring opening

This won’t be your typical food court fare. Chefs who have signed on include Tony Maws of Craigie on Main, Tim and Nancy Cushman of Hojoko and O Ya, Peter Ungár of Tasting Counter, and Michael Schlow of Tico.

Ask Amy

Father-in-law passes the buck

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

From left: Sean Cunningham, Jennifer Carp, and Joe Tormo dined at Durgin-Park in its final days.

Durgin-Park, a sassy classic, at 192. In lieu of flowers, leave a bigger tip

The Faneuil Hall landmark known for Yankee pot roast and salty servers died on Jan. 12.

Festival founder Daniel Bruce with wife Julianna and daughter Charlotte at the opening reception.


A toast to the 30th Boston Wine Festival

The annual celebration of all things wine opened Friday evening at the Boston Harbor Hotel.


Celtics sideline reporter Abby Chin welcomes baby boy

Silas John Schmidt weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces at birth Friday night.

Miss Conduct

Advice: How to reject disrespect

There’s nothing wrong with pushing back publicly at rudeness. Here are a few ways to do it.


My ‘cool aunt’ role model

I was only a toddler when Aunt Brenda died, but she’s never far away.

The 2018 New England International Auto Show.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 13-20

Head to a spirited comedy festival, Salem style, enjoy films with the family, and more.

Style Watch

Comfort and durability are key to a living room makeover

Transitional style and subtle patterns shake up a traditional living room in Milton.

01/04/2019 BOSTON, MA A group of friends shares a shot ski in the courtyard at Publico in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

During the winter doldrums, Boston venues get creative to bring in guests

Restaurants and hotels are creating new immersive experiences to keep patrons coming year-round.

Dinner With Cupid

Blind date: ‘I thought maybe I’d been wrong all along’

Will this analytical dater be forced to revise his first impression?

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Doctors find no remaining cancer after Ginsburg’s surgery

Doctors for the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice confirmed their initial evaluation.

We are currently experiencing little more than nine hours of daylight in a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.

How to keep smiling when it’s light out only 9 hours a day

Who can blame you for skipping the gym in favor of Netflix and sweatpants? This time of year can feel like punishment. But there are ways to get out of your frigid winter funk.


Natural beauty

A farm-to-beauty brand keeps the environment in mind

On January 15, 1919, a giant tank in the North End collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A comics poem collection; essays wrestle with racism, misogyny, and alienation

Boston writer and artist Franklin Einspruch’s new book is “Cloud on a Mountain.’’

book review

A fatal heart attack unfurls a history of unrequited love for a wife, a best friend and her husband

British writer Tessa Hadley looks at how the present transforms the past in “Late in the Day.’’


Author gives herself hefty reading assignments

Rebecca Makkai’s third and latest novel is “The Great Believers.”

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Working the wonder of transplant surgery

Joshua Mezrich’s “When Death Becomes Life” is part memoir, part history of transplant surgery

Congo says healthy baby born to mom who recovered from Ebola

A four-day-old baby is a surprise bright spot in Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak, as the country’s health ministry on Thursday called her the first child born to a mother who has recovered from the virus.

Ice Castles returns for its sixth year on Friday, and this time it will be held in North Woodstock, N.H.

New Hampshire Ice Castles is back — with a new location

The acre-sized castle features ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains, frozen thrones, and other ice formations.

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See photos from Meghan Trainor’s wedding

“It’s the beginning of an awesome, whole new life,” the Nantucket native told People.

The Swig & Swine is a bourbon and barbecue joint on the Savannah Highway.

A stop at Swig & Swine was mighty fine

En route to the Charleston Tea Plantation, we had to stop in at Swig & Swine, a bourbon and barbecue joint on the Savannah Highway, if for no other reason than its name.

The Charleston Tea Plantation is on Wadmalaw Island, about a half hour south of Charleston. It is the country’s only tea plantation.

It’s always tea time in South Carolina

I recently made a pilgrimage to the country’s only tea plantation, which sells tea under the American Classic Tea label.

Special report

//[1].jpg Bitten by Uncertainty: A Globe report on Lyme disease in the Northeast

In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.


// The Love Letters podcast: Ditch the ex’s T-shirt, or wear it?

After a breakup, is it better to hold onto relics from the relationship, or to dump them?

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic


Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

// Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Design New England

// Second Life

An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.