Comfort Zone

In this together

During this unsettling time, we could all use some comfort and a sense of community. So we've temporarily revamped the Names page into Comfort Zone, a place to find ideas and tips for keeping ourselves, our kids, our minds entertained, or at least distracted.


The year of the pandemic Passover

There will be no cramming in around tables, no sharing of a holiday meal. But no matter how small and subdued the Seder, people still want to eat.

Chocolate care packages for you or a loved one

Black Dinah Chocolatiers of Maine came up with three new care packages that will make being stuck at home more palatable.


Bustling tap rooms replaced with fear and sadness at local breweries

A tap room closure is a big deal for nearly all the state’s craft brewers.


Connecting the Passover story to the pandemic

We asked Boston-area rabbis for their thoughts.

Zagat video series features Barbara Lynch

“I want the C- grade students to hear my story and feel confident that they can run their own businesses one day, too, with a lot of hard work and unrelenting passion,” Lynch says about why she made the video.

To Zoom or not to Zoom?

Many people will be Zooming with families and friends, and some congregations and Jewish organizations are hosting communal seders, or seder-related events.

Maruichi brings the hard-to-find closer to home

The shelves at this new market in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner are filled with a dizzying array of Japanese food products.


‘Without the assistance of the state, we’re not going to survive’

‘Our business wasn’t built for something like this,’ says Emma Hollander from Trina’s Starlite Lounge.

Science background helps brew a better nonalcoholic beer

‘Nonalcoholic beers just haven’t tasted that great,’ says Ronan McGovern, the scientist-entrepreneur behind Point Five. The MIT grad wanted to change that.


Daily distraction: The calming presence of ‘Celeste the Therapist’

City Councilor Michelle Wu recommends the “Celeste the Therapist” podcast.


Without hair stylists, we’re suddenly in a hairy situation

Cooped up for weeks as we shelter-at-home, we've lost the valuable skills of stylists, colorists, and barbers, and the results aren't pretty.

We’ve been in contact every day for three years

Is this relationship worth pursuing?

Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo, Cookie Monster on hand washing messages for kids

The Sesame Street Muppets are featured in some of four new animated public service spots reminding young fans to take care while doing such things as washing hands and sneezing.

COVID-19 may reveal some basic blessings

Advice from Amy Dickinson.


A psychologist talks to Love Letters’ Meredith Goldstein about health anxiety, relationship stress, and “toxic positivity” during COVID-19

Advice columnist Meredith Goldstein interviews mental health professionals via Zoom during this time of social distancing. The video series kicked off with psychologist Monica O’Neal.


Libraries are closed, but they’re still offering a vast selection of free entertainment and education

Did you know you can access electronic and audiobooks, international newspapers, and movies through a public library?

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