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.



Chapter 6: Cabbage, a love story

During the Great Potato Famine, cabbage was there for Ireland. And during the Great Sequestration of 2020, cabbage is here for you. For an uncannily long time.

Weekender: Good advice, good food, good looking, and good listening

Your guide to staying entertained at home this weekend — or any day of the week, for that matter.


How the Pine Street Inn feeds Boston’s frightened homeless

Chef Frank van Overbeeke provides meals for those who can’t shelter in place.

Heading outdoors for home-school history lessons

There is a kind of magic about standing right in the spot where something momentous happened — even when you are 6 feet apart.

‘It Started As a Joke’ celebrates Eugene Mirman, his love, and his comedy family

The documentary film chronicles the decade-long run of Mirman's comedy festival, but it also offers a view into the Massachusetts comic's own life.


Spend time at home planning for your next adventure

Researching and planning from home couldn’t be easier, so take this time to plan your next well-deserved vacation. Here are some tips to consider.


At the collisions of the sea and rocky shore, Halibut Point beckons

It’s also spacious enough that social distancing is not a chore.


It’s not a stretch to say she’d love to get to Patagonia right about now

We talked to popular local Pilates instructor Kara Duval about all things travel.


Hotels step up to help feed their communities

Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, R.I., and The Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington are giving free lunches to children three times a week.

'I basically want to address the idiots out there’: Larry David makes a coronavirus PSA aimed at those not social distancing

The creator and star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” appears in a new public service announcement tweeted Tuesday from the Office of the Governor of California.


Chapter 5: The freezer is a time capsule

Today I took out a tub of soup from the freezer. Turkey barley. My mother brought it the last time she visited. Once it’s gone, I don’t know when I’ll taste my mother’s cooking again.


Chapter 4: Let a nation of bread bakers arise

Often seen as the final, intimidating frontier of baking, bread is now becoming our national project.


Chapter 3: Herbs might save us

Don’t forget to celebrate spring.


Chapter 2: Soooo. I hear you bought some beans.

Beans have always been a punch line, an insult, unfairly maligned. The musical fruit. Something you’re full of. A whole hill of them? Not worth much.

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