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.


HomeFront: Strategies for coping, cooking, watching, and waiting

Your guide to staying entertained at home any day of the week.


When their wedding plans were canceled, a Chicopee couple improvised a very small but very special day

The kindness of a few strangers helped Jerrod and Victoria Pass celebrate their nuptials, while friends and family participated via live stream.

Love Letters

Can I check in with my ex because of COVID-19?

Can and should I reach out to him more (i.e. phone calls)? Or is that a terrible idea that will derail our breakup?


Restaurants offer eclectic takeout options; Project Bread gets meals to kids

From pierogis to cocktails, dine deliciously at home.


Why a Northampton family is staying put in Spain

Northampton residents are holed up in a apartment with two young children. For now, they say it feels preferable to what they fear they would encounter back home.


Beverly native and celebrated designer Angela Luna turns her attention — and tailors — to making emergency masks

Prompted by concerns about the Syrian refugee crisis, Luna first launched her brand, ADIFF, to assist displaced populations. Now, she and her team are making masks amid the coronavirus outbreak.


‘Skip-gen’ travel trend adds a new segment to the family vacation

According to the AARP, more than a third of grandparents have taken their grandchildren on a trip, leaving parents behind.


A missed opportunity: The airline bailout should have come with consumer-friendly strings attached

COVID-19 has created an extraordinary and dire situation for the airlines, but the crisis should also be seen as a much-needed opportunity to make significant changes in the industry.

I hooked up with my friend’s fling

I’ve never felt this bad in my life. What do I do to help us move on from this?

Chef Floyd Cardoz dies at 59 of coronavirus complications

Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed on “Top Chef,” won “Top Chef Masters” and operated successful restaurants in both India and New York, died Wednesday of complications from the coronavirus, his company said in a statement. He was 59.


Can I get a refund on my Airbnb after the coronavirus outbreak?

Laureen McCluen tried to get a refund, but the host refused. Is she out of luck?


Caledonia Spirits shuts down its bar and store, makes hand sanitizer

The Vermont-based distiller lifts staff spirits by helping the local community combat COVID-19.

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Twentysomething struggles with work-life balance

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

The Great Wall of China reopens a popular section to tourists after coronavirus closure

One of the most popular sections of the Great Wall of China reopened to visitors Tuesday, a hopeful sign after months of lockdowns across the country.

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