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.


He doesn’t respect my time

I finally gave him the heave-ho when he texted me that he had to take a rain check for our date but he had just been next door, visiting my neighbor.

Chanel Miller on practicing mental health during a pandemic and learning to live with uncertainty

Miller, the author of the 2019 memoir, "Know My Name," stays connected while social distancing.


NASA chief ‘all in’ for Tom Cruise to film on space station

NASA is rolling out the International Space Station’s red carpet for Tom Cruise to make a movie in orbit.


Everyone’s gone to the drive-in movies: Here’s where to find them in New England

These days, when a Target run qualifies as an outing, we’ve never needed the drive-in more.


In breaking retirement news: Scandinavia, here they come

Retired broadcast journalist Randy Price plans to use his new free time gardening and traveling.

American coronavirus deaths at 100,000: What does a number mean?

This is the week when America's official coronavirus death toll reaches six digits. One hundred thousand lives wiped out by a disease unknown to science a half a year ago.

People are wearing hazmat suits on planes, but should they?

Disposable PPE suits can cost less than $20 online, but health experts aren't advocating wearing them on planes during the pandemic.

This ‘full house’ isn’t a cute sitcom

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Tips on surviving home isolation with roommates

We spoke with the author of 2009's “The College Roommate From Hell.”

‘When there’s nothing to do ... just dance’

A reader passes the time, happily, with her best friend and brother.


Sorry, COVID-19: Jason Santos is opening a new restaurant

The owner of Buttermilk & Bourbon and Citrus & Salt plans a seaside fish shack. "I feel like there’s light at end of the tunnel. I’m rested and reinvigorated."


Raise a glass for Fest From Home, a virtual beer festival to benefit Project Bread

The event takes place Saturday afternoon on Zoom and Facebook Live and includes beer and food you get in advance.

Colette, a French bakery, comes to life in Medford

Support and encouragement from the neighborhood persuaded the owners the time was right to take the leap.

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