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Should therapists text with patients?

Mental health professionals are wrestling with the risks and rewards of constant availability in the smartphone age. By Eric Boodman

Maureen and Chris Welcker with children (from left) James, Lily, and Oliver, during the Idaho family’s visit to Plymouth.

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Family ditches classroom to take learning on the road

Inspired by a White House initiative, the Welcker family pulled their children from school and hit the highway to visit as many national parks as possible.


// Vibrations aid babies’ breathing, says study

Researchers have shown that a mattress that generates gentle vibrations and reminds the body to keep breathing can head off sleep apnea in babies.

Love Letters

// His acting ability leads to questions about his actions

His lies were so detailed that it turned into a game.

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// Future perfect: A holiday tech wish list

Like houseguests, new technological innovations are a lot more exciting while they’re en route to you than once they‘ve arrived.


// Many children not vaccinated in timely manner

The majority of parents are duly vaccinating their children, but few get all those vaccines on time.

Home Life

// Research finds brother-sister bonds may help teens build confidence

Having a sibling of the opposite gender may help to “demystify” the opposite sex, a study found.

Gut check

// Do we really need eight solid hours of sleep at night?

If you average seven hours, you’re not necessarily falling short; if you’re functional the next day, you got enough sleep.


// Finding inspiration in spirit houses

The little structures, atop short pedestals, remind us that resources and space are finite.

// Peter Guralnick talks ‘Sam Phillips’

A new biography of Sam Phillips explores the man behind Sun Records, who was the first to record Elvis Presley and other greats.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Baby, it’s cold outside . . . what better time to stuff the stocking of that special someone with a treat to curl up with and enjoy.


// An outsider exposes damaging truth in ‘Concussion’

Journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas believes that Dr. Bennet Omalu’s outsider status helped him pursue a truth the NFL was slow to acknowledge.

Ask Amy

Co-worker needs to apologize for nasty remark

I made a nasty remark to a co-worker two years ago and have since tried to make amends. Unfortunately, my co-worker will have no part of it.


// Black and blue stocking stuffers

Get ahead on holiday shopping (and winter styling) with standout basics.

// 17 holiday blunders (and how to avoid them)

From picking the wrong line at the store to overspending, it’s easy to self-destruct during the holidays.

// 5 tips to getting the perfect cup of coffee

We asked Boston’s Gracenote Coffee founder and director Patrick Barter for his five tips on how to turn a cup of joe into something extraordinary.

Pineapple-inspired gift ideas

Pineapple: The fruit you always imagine will taste better than it does. Still, for all its shortcomings, it remains a favorite symbol of welcome and hospitality.


// Give the gift of travel (at a discount)

Black Friday is out and Cyber Monday is in, offering a plethora of deals you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own computer.

Game Changers

// 2015 Game Changers

These 51 innovative people and organizations did extraordinary things last year, reshaping the way we live and work.

Saving Leo

part 1 of 2

// A severely burned boy finds hope in Boston

A severely burned boy. His devoted caregiver. Their extraordinary journey.

Stylish Bostonians

// 2015 Most Stylish Bostonians

From fashionistas to legal scholars, these tastemakers reveal how they set the city’s trends.

Design New England

Design New England

Conquering reality

A family learns that dream renovations take planning and time — and are totally worth the effort.