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Businesses in the Grand Central District in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Make a stop in Grand Central (Florida, that is)

Not that long ago, this neighborhood was a string of empty storefronts, and a place you avoided walking through at night. Today, the pedestrian-friendly area is filled with people who quit their day jobs to pursue their passion.

On social media, airlines have discovered the block

Understanding why airlines do it can help you avoid getting on a blacklist and ensure that your next complaint is heard.

Nancy Carell, left, and Steve Carell arrive at the premiere of

Steve Carell remembers his Massachusetts wedding day perfectly 23 years later

It’s been more than 23 years since Acton native Steve Carell and his wife, Nancy Carell, exchanged vows back in August 1995. But the actor remembers their wedding like it was yesterday.

Joan Osborne will perform at the Tilden Arts Center in West Barnstable on Dec. 22.

The VIP Lounge | Joan Osborne

The VIP Lounge with Joan Osborne

We caught up with the singer, who will perform at the Tilden Arts Center in West Barnstable on Dec. 22, to talk about all things travel.

Travel Troubleshooter

Flixbus canceled three trips. I want a refund — and then some

After Flixbus canceled three of his rides, Martin Yeung wanted the company to cover his expenses. But does the contract allow that?

One of seven newly commissioned large-scale sculptures in “Air Sea Land” in the Seaport.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

DEVRA FIRST

The best cookbooks of 2018 — for giving or for keeping

This year’s offerings were personal, evocative, and focused on the joy of everyday cooking.

A December 10, 2018 photo shows the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. - The US Supreme Court declined to hear appeal cases by Kansas and Louisiana to end public funding through Medicaid to Planned Parenthood. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Supreme Court won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

The court’s order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that his colleagues seemed to be ducking the case for political reasons.

Want just one cup? Try the Brew It Stick

The Brew It Stick ($14.95) has a fine nylon mesh basket to make a lone mug of French press-like java with little effort.

Janet Reich Elsbach

HELP DESK

How to show you care with food, in the most helpful way

Author Janet Reich Elsbach takes a look at how helping people with meals in times of stress not only provides nourishment, but comfort and pleasure at times when all can be in short supply.

Ask Amy

Kids want to nudge their dad toward divorce

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Love Letters

He doesn’t post pictures of us on social media

I dislike having to watch him share it all on social media — the fact that he is out with his friends. I feel like that’s something I can’t force him to do with me, and I understand that his friends time is time for himself.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Sheila Borges-Foley

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Sheila Borges-Foley of Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery

Lines snake down the block for weekend breakfast at the Union Square eatery. Borges-Foley runs the restaurant, which her late brother opened in 1983.

RED SAUCE: Pint jars make nightly suppers easier

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

This feels like a practical year, a wool-sweater moment, a time to make your own gifts of food

Cooks who aren’t particularly craftsy are giving friends gifts they’ve made, not just cookies — though who can resist a bag of cookies? — but pantry and fridge items to get you through the work week.

Dark Matter Glasses will liven up your lowball glass collection

Cambridge glass-blowing artist Andrew Iannazzi has attracted attention for his cool, colorful tiki mugs he creates with iconic faces. He has now introduced a new line — vividly colored lowball or rocks glasses for sipping scotch, an old fashioned, or whatever else you might want.

Add a little culture to your life (and your bread)

Cultured butter may sound sophisticated, but it’s really just old-fashioned goodness.

Ask Amy

Family holiday drama brings on big changes this year

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Nobel laureates Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege posed during a press conference on Sunday in Oslo.

Nobel recipients demand action against sexual violence

One of the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses.

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III with CLF president Bradley Campbell at the gala.

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Representative Kennedy honored at Conservation Law Foundation gala

The Conservation Law Foundation gave its President’s Award to congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III during its biennial gala last week.

Eva Furlong of Winchester (second from right) attended “The Nutcracker” with daughters Maya and Nina and sister-in-law Donna.

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Winchester family wins ArtsBoston prize for buying 250,000th ticket

Eva Furlong of Winchester bought the milestone ticket and went with her family to Saturday’s matinee of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s performance of “The Nutcracker.”

Michigan’s medical chief to stand trial on Flint charges

Michigan’s chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation over the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Friday, making Dr. Eden Wells the second member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Cabinet to go before a jury.

Connections | Magazine

Feeling blue at the holidays? Here’s a thought that may help.

During the most wonderful time of the year, sadness sometimes, somehow finds a way to creep in.

The work of nature photographer Ansel Adams will be featured in an exhibit opening at the MFA on Thursday. Above: Adams’s Clearing Winter Storm, taken at Yosemite National Park about 1937.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 10-16

Ansel Adams exhibit at the MFA, tips on traveling better from globe-trotting journalists, the Cultural Survival Bazaar, and more.

Style Watch

A designer’s own bedroom gets a Bohemian makeover

Textiles and clean lines take this Pioneer Valley master bedroom from bland to Bohemian.

TECH NOMAD

Tumblr and the Internet’s identity crisis

Tumblr’s sweeping ban on adult content misreads the room.

Dinner With Cupid

Blind date: ‘There were a lot of birthdays that night in the restaurant’

Will too many rounds of “Happy Birthday” kill the mood for these daters?

Your 2018 holiday gift guide

Looking for that special something? Don’t stress out, we’ve got a ton of ideas.

School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

The national school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.

The dining area at Shore Leave in the South End offers a South Seas vibe.

Quick Bite

Shore Leave: a subterranean tiki party in the South End

The Bar Mezzana crew goes underground with rum-filled drinks and Asian-inspired finger food.

“Francis Grant, Mule Spinner, Bartlett Yarns, Harmony, ME” by Steve Dunwell

Art review

The clothes some wore, the clothes some made

A show at Massachusetts Historical Society and one at the Charles River Museum dress up history.

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Tatianna Lewis

The self-taught painter on her identity, her inspiration, and Instagram Stories.

love letters

I’m sick of dating

I mean, at what point does it become actual insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Miss Conduct

Advice: How can I tell friends about my spouse’s cognitive decline?

We used to frequently have overnight guests, but mental health issues mean we can’t anymore, and my husband doesn’t want me to say why.

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Hingham for the holidays

A trio of local businesses pop up at Derby Street Shops.

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Through Downtown Crossing, a family holiday stroll

If your child is too squirmy to sit through a full production of “The Nutcracker,” head to Downtown Crossing for a musical stroll instead — and spend some time with cast members.

Crema Café to close, but the news isn’t all bad: Revival expands and Bluestone Lane moves in

Restaurant news you can use.

The best children’s books of 2018

Our 45 picks for fans of all ages of literature for the young.

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigrants walk into a building at South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Half a dozen families who were separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border are still detained in Texas months after reuniting with their children. Immigrant advocates say the government has violated a longstanding legal agreement that bars it from detaining children in unlicensed facilities like the South Texas Family Residential Center past 20 days. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)

81 migrant children separated from parents since June

The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice.

Holiday gifts for avid travelers

Lose your stress and add some ho-ho-ho to your holidays with these gift suggestions that are sure to delight your favorite fellow travelers.

Love Letters

We love each other, but I’m doing all the planning and paying

I plan the dates, I organize our events, I pay for almost all of it, even. I’m independent, but I wish he would just initiate something.

Hair from John Quincy Adams pictured in “Specimens of Hair.”

New England Literary News | Nina MacLaughlin

A global collection of hair; a Q&A on Mount Desert Island

Peter A. Browne, a 19th-century naturalist, put together samples from animals and men and women from around the globe

In 1893, Madeline Pollard filed suit against congressman W.C.P. Breckinridge.

Book Review

In ‘Bringing Down the Colonel,’ a Victorian scandal that feels #MeToo familiar

Patricia Miller started researching her book 12 years ago, but it feels strikingly familiar.

Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Disneyland misting tower suggested as Legionnaires’ disease source

A cooling tower that provides mist to make visitors comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak last year near the theme park, an official testified.

The Story Behind the Book | Kate Tuttle

Thorny ties between dad and daughter

In “The Wine-Lover’s Daughter,” Anne Fadiman writes about her father, essayist and critic Clifton Fadiman.

Ask Amy

Aunt wonders how to counsel niece on marriage

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Special report

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_ticks_97462[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.

PODCAST

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/10/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/17169_LL_Podcast_HP_Episode_4_Tease%20(1).png 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   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic

 

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/05/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/dining_out_90.jpg Where should you eat this week?

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

Design New England

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