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One of the rooms in the Happy Place pop-up exhibit. The exhibit, which has appeared in LA, Chicago, and Toronto, is known as a type of mecca for Instagrammers.

Happy Place, the ‘most Instagrammable pop-up in America,’ is coming to Boston

Happy Place, a pop-up exhibit known for being the perfect place to take selfies, will take up in the former Marshalls space in the Back Bay in April.

Love Letters

We had a whirlwind romance, then he got ‘confused’

I fell fast for a transfer student from Italy. But now he says he doesn’t want a girlfriend.

This undated microscope photo provided by Thomas Boothby in March 2019 shows a tardigrade, also known as a

Researchers believe tiny ‘water bears’ can teach us about survival

Tardigrades can weather extreme heat, cold and radiation. Now the US military hopes these tiny critters can unlock a way to preserve our crops, medicine, even our skin.

Love Letters

Is my office crush reciprocated?

It hurts me to think about how I felt when we first saw each other — and that we aren’t together now.

14-week-old Labrador retriever Rommy at the at the American Kennel Club's Museum of the Dog on Wednesday.

Labrador retriever most pup-ular US dog breed for 28th year

Labrador retrievers aren’t letting go of their hold on US dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggy popularity.

A swimmer took the plunge at a 2015 CitySplash event at the Charles River Esplanade in Boston.

Grab your swimsuits: Charles River Swimming Day is coming in June

For the first time, the Charles River Conservancy’s City Splash event and the Charles River Swimming Club’s 1-mile swim will be held on the same day.


How to protect your digital photos for years to come

I used the free photo sharing site Flickr for a long time. But then I got an e-mail from Flickr threatening to delete my photos unless I was willing to pony up $50 a year. I wasn’t willing. What to do?

An indoor swimming class in Kaunianen, Finland.

Finland tops global happiness index for 2nd consecutive year

Finland topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, the United States dropped from 18th to 19th, and happiness declined the most over 10 years in Venezuela.

In Honfleur, the feeling you’ve slipped into a painting

The best reason to visit Honfleur may be just to walk the narrow, cobblestone streets, drinking in the picture-postcard views of the harbor.


Cambridge’s Hotel 1868, a new spot with an old soul

The design-built, 50-room hotel, with its steel-framed, boxy, neo-industrial look, gives a faint nod to the 1800s, when Porter Square was a center for commerce and light industry.

Iowa sues to shut down national puppy-laundering ring

The Iowa attorney general’s Office is suing to shut down what it describes as a national puppy-laundering ring that sells dogs from illegal breeding operations at inflated prices while pretending the animals are rescues.

New on the high court: Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch (left) and Brett Kavanaugh.

Newest justices show they don’t march in lock-step

The two new justices have solidified conservative control of the Supreme Court, but on Tuesday, they did not march in lockstep.

Critic’s Notebook

There’s nothing cute about Crack Pie

It’s time to stop using the language of addiction when we talk about food.

Sap, straight from the tap, is almost entirely water and makes a refreshing drink.

How to make your own maple syrup

This winter my husband and I decided it was time to learn alongside our own kids how to tap a few sugar maples and make syrup of our own. With the help of a few neighbors and plenty of reading, here’s what we’ve learned.

The VIP Lounge with Jared Bowen of WGBH

Bowen is host of the weekly WGBH series “Open Studio With Jared Bowen,” which showcases the best that the New England arts scene has to offer. We caught up with Bowen to talk about all things travel.

travel troubleshooter

Charged twice for my Marriott room. How about a refund?

When Marriott charges Elizabeth Maglione’s gift card twice for one night at the Courtyard Marriott Miami Downtown/Brickell, she asks for a refund. The hotel wants to issue a credit. Who’s right?

Shop at the Sadar Bazaar (top right) in Old Delhi with Intrepid Travel or visit the Lusumpuko Women’s Club (above, top left) in Zimbabwe with G Adventures.

Supporting women around the world with tours around the world

Intrepid Travel’s launch of Women’s Expeditions, which started with trips to the Middle East, proved so popular that it grew from four to 36 departures last year.

The Wauwintet, Nantucket Photo credits: Nantucket Island Resorts. Approved by Lauren Wintemberg;

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

YSAC is chaotic but self-aware, serving as a sort of critical commentary of its more polished peers.

This lo-fi cooking YouTube channel is the antidote to hyper-stylized Food Instagram

Most popular digital representations of home cooking appear contrived, if not entirely inauthentic. You Suck at Cooking is chaotic but self-aware, serving as a sort of critical commentary of its more polished peers.

Ask Amy

Parents hit their child up for financial bailout

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Love Letters

I texted my feelings

His non-response to my text hurt my feelings a bit. I would’ve appreciated some acknowledgment, even if he is still processing.

Two Hearted Ale Courtesy Bell's Brewery


Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is a standout in a crowded field

This is a perfectly balanced beer, with rich notes of brown bread and caramel playing off the earthy, floral characteristics of the hops.

Michael Terrien

Into the wild blue yonder

Bluet is a dry sparkling wine made entirely from wild Maine blueberries, and it bears little resemblance to its sugary predecessors. As the weather warms up, look for Bluet appearances around Boston, including on the menus at Gaslight, Catalyst, and Beacon Hill Bistro.

Try these cocktails made with Bluet

Joe McHale, the bar manager at Beacon Hill Bistro, is creating his own concoctions with creative monikers like Black and Bluet and Tangled up in Bluet.

Food trucks at the SoWa Open Market.


How (and why) to start a pop-up business

Temporary retail experiences are a boon for consumers eager to try something new and for entrepreneurs testing a concept or menu without having to invest in a full brick and mortar business. Both longstanding Boston businesses and up-and-comers find value in pop-ups.

Try a scoop and you’ll be swayed

Sweet Scoops makes seven flavors of frozen yogurt, and whether you’re dipping into a pint of Minty Chip or Magical Mocha Chunk you’ll wonder how something that’s not ice cream can taste so rich and creamy.

Comedian Billy Cox serves up drinks during his day job.

Getting Salty with bartender/comedian Billy Cox

By day, Dorchester’s Billy Cox is a bartender at the Seaport’s Ocean Prime. By night, he’s a comedian with Improv Asylum.


A conversation with food historian — and futurist — Robyn Metcalfe

In her new book, “Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating,” Metcalfe takes a detailed look at how food is grown, processed, transported, and consumed.

The pure pleasure of Puffworks peanut butter puffs

They are organic and gluten-free, and healthier than some puffs dusted with cheesy orange.

Upcycled snacks never tasted so good

Regrained Supergrain, a West Coast company run by home-brew enthusiasts Dan Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz, rescues nutritious grain leftover from brewing beer.

Conor McGregor at the Bruins game Saturday.

Conor McGregor leaves St. Patrick’s Day Parade early after fans spill into street to greet his vehicle

“They’re coming right onto the street, they can’t contain it,” a visibly delighted McGregor said in a video clip from the parade posted to his official Instagram account.

Ask Amy

Erotic fiction turns into catfishing reality

Advice from Amy Dickinson.


MFA celebrates ‘Gender Bending Fashion’ exhibition

It is the first major museum show to examine the relationship between fashion and gender.

Yvonne Abraham

Leaving Harry Potter behind

Why did nobody prepare me for the heartbreak of my son finishing the books?

Locals in Dunedin, New Zealand lay flowers and condolences in tribute to those killed and injured.


In New Zealand, another terrorist nurtured online

The latest racist massacre makes one thing clear: The Internet, this thing we all built together, has gotten away from us.

Taste of history: Yeast from 1886 shipwreck makes new brew

The most distinguishing feature of Jamie Adams’s new ale isn’t its hoppy bite but its compelling backstory: It’s brewed from yeast in bottles of beer that went down on a doomed steamship and languished on the ocean floor for 131 years.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘Rule number one: Always check his shoes’

Will his footwear prompt her to take a hike?

Huma Bhabha, Four Nights of a Dreamer, 2018.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of March 18-24

Huma Bhabha: They Live sculptural exhibit at the ICA, a bike travel film festival in Arlington, Maker Supply Market, and more.

Style Watch

Italian tile spices up a South Shore kitchen

In a Cohasset kitchen with salt-marsh views, an unexpected vacation souvenir —porcelain tile — dazzles.

Connections | Magazine

Back to college with my daughter

We’re learning about schools she’s interested in attending — and, when she looks up from her phone, each other.

Beautiful mother and her cute teenage daughter talking each other, sitting in bedroom

Why — and how — parents should help teens develop a healthy understanding of sex

In a culture where abstinence-only programs have taken the place of real sex education, it is common for teens to feel shame, fear and anxiety about sexuality. And many feel they cannot turn to adults for help when they need it.

The big orange dinosaur in Saugus is now holding a giant replica doughnut — an advertisement for a nearby shop.


Big orange dinosaur on Route 1 had a temporary sidekick: a giant glowing doughnut

The glazed doughnut was fastened to the tiny arms of the tyrannosaur by the folks at Kane’s Donuts, who recently opened a second location nearby.


Celtics center Al Horford gets into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit

Horford got in the holiday spirit Wednesday afternoon with Boston Fire Department’s Ladder 19 in South Boston.

Looking for a place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? You came to the right place.

Help Desk

You’re in luck: A list of where to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day

From Guinness to step dancers to Irish poutine, these restaurants will make you feel lucky.

Stills from “Effluxion” by Wenjing Zhang of Sacred Heart School.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

For Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners, challenging times inspire bright ideas

More than 3,000 works won Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Special report

//[1].jpg Bitten by Uncertainty: A Globe report on Lyme disease in the Northeast

In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.


// The Love Letters podcast: Ditch the ex’s T-shirt, or wear it?

After a breakup, is it better to hold onto relics from the relationship, or to dump them?

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Spotify   |   RadioPublic


Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

// Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Design New England

// Second Life

An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.