August 4, 2013 | Your home: Summer living

34 home maintenance myths

Don’t fall for these misconceptions about ceiling fans, smoke detectors, and more. By Elizabeth Gehrman

This Robert Mars collage provided inspiration for the home’s color scheme; the chairs are upholstered in Kravet fabric by Jonathan Adler.

Color, color everywhere

Playfully patterned fabrics breathe new life into this Cape Cod cottage. By Jaci Conry


Circuit court

The danger of keeping cameras out. By Jim Braude

First Person

Nick Newell. Bout time

Rising Springfield-based mixed martial arts fighter Nick Newell has nine wins, no losses — and a left arm that stops below the elbow.


Where to buy and how to grow tomatoes

This summer’s heat promises an abundance of locally grown tomatoes in the Boston area, just now coming into their prime. By Eileen Woods


- Strange behavior

Raising my autistic daughter has taught me not to judge others’ so-called odd responses. By D. Alison Watt


Mint Chutney. Green giant

Mint’s tiny leaf packs a mighty (saucy) punch. By Adam Ried

Miss Conduct

Two techno-troubles

Dealing with someone who detected an unfriending and nastiness revealed after a pocket-dialing. By Robin Abrahams

A Restaurant’s Take

Mint chutney at Tamarind Bay

At the Harvard Square Indian favorite, the herb comes with heat. By Anne V. Nelson

Dinner With Cupid

David Donaway and Molly Pasman. That’s funny

Will two jokesters get serious about each other?

Your Week Ahead

- Five things to do in and around Boston

A maritime festival, free opera, concert at Fenway, and more.


Whit Sheppard. Letters to the editor

Readers respond to stories about surviving abuse by a teacher and the dangers of tanning.

Tales From the City

Learning to speak Boston

A visitor from Kentucky shares a story.