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Brother worries about sister and her choice of fiance

Advice from Amy Dickinson

Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade

Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years.

love letters

I know I can’t love him

I feel like I can’t ever really “love” again. As if that part of me is just ... irreparably broken.


All together now

A new photo book site makes crowdsourcing seamless

It’s fun and games (and cocktails) at Thirst Boston.

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Attention cocktail lovers: It’s almost time for Thirst Boston

Cocktail extravaganza Thirst Boston takes place April 26-28, with seminars, parties, and, yes, plenty of imbibing at venues throughout the city.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) poses for a photo with his parents, Tom and Galynn Brady, in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Indianapolis. The Patriots are scheduled to face the New York Giants in NFL football Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tom Brady praised his parents’ ‘trust, love, and dedication’ on their 50th anniversary

“The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters,” the quarterback wrote on Instagram.

Connections | Magazine

The not-so-terrible twos

Unlike everyone else, my toddler son doesn’t know I have cancer — and that’s a relief.

Style Watch

What to do with a bedroom when there’s no place for a bed

Clean lines and carefully considered details bring order to a challenging master bedroom.

Rabid bobcat attacks golfer on Mohegan Sun golf course

The bobcat was shot and killed by state environmental police shortly after it attacked a man on the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Sprague.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘I felt the need to wax enthusiastically about candlepin bowling’

Will these seasoned daters foul or pick up a spare?

Miss Conduct

Advice: I hear about my future grandchild only when my daughter-in-law posts on Facebook

How can I get my daughter-in-law to tell me what’s going on? Plus, thanks or no thanks.

Miss Conduct

Advice: This children’s birthday party has a cover charge

Do I tell my friend people are talking about her request that kids pay their own way to her daughter’s birthday?

Crew of Fred DeRoma & Son, contractors with the City of Cambridge, applying the Cambridge Poetry Program test stamp in freshly poured concrete on the sidewalk in front of Cambridge Community Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (City of Cambridge)

Five Cambridge poets will see their work imprinted on the sidewalk this fall

The poems tackle topics including climate change, spring, and an encounter with a nightingale.


A new restaurant comes to Eataly, and Hojoko gets into the Groove with a rec room feel

Restaurant news you can use.

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Night Shift Brewing comes to Lovejoy Wharf for a fun, affordable night out

This is the larger, restaurant version of the popular Everett brewery, with table service, an efficient menu, comfy banquettes, and a coffee bar. Soon, there will be outdoor seating.

Expect costumes of all kinds as Anime Boston returns to the Hynes Convention Center.

Big Plans

5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Here are ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city this weekend.

Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix ‘bubble boy’ disease

‘‘This therapy has cured the patients,’’ although it will take more time to see if it’s a permanent fix, said Dr. Ewelina Mamcarz, one of the study leaders at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

An artist’s sketch shows the entrance to the planned High Street Place food hall, which is slated to open this fall with 20,000 square feet of dining options.

High Street Place food hall will have cocktails, po’ boys, and vegan treats

The 20,000-square-foot food hall set to debut downtown this fall announced a partial list of businesses and chefs who have signed on to the project. A Tiffani Faison pizza joint is on the list.

Former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco enters hospice care

Blanco’s time in office included the devastating hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She was diagnosed and treated for a rare eye cancer in 2011. It returned and spread to her liver in 2017.

Moxie Falls is the highest waterfall in Maine.

Chasing waterfalls in New England

Here’s where to watch Mother Nature gush about spring.

Love Letters

Is there a future with my ex?

Fast forward five years with no communication and boom — there he is.

Traditional dancer kicks off fashion runway show at Abbe Museum Indian Market.

Native American artists return to Bar Harbor, and this year’s market will be even bigger

The Abbe Museum presents its second Indian Market.

Ask Amy

Aunt cries over her niece’s rush to get married

Advice from Amy Dickinson

The three-story Fullerton Inn has a commanding spot on Main Street in the center of the village.

The word is out: Tiny Chester is worth a visit

We like this under-the-radar town for its slow pace, step-back-in-time beauty, its cluster of historic homes and buildings; its green space and access to outdoor activities.

Cape Verde: Close to home at the end of the world

During my visit to the islands of Fogo and Brava, I met no other American tourists and was treated like family by almost everyone I met.

Sicilian markets feature a cacophony of vendors shouting and singing the wonders of their produce — a fugue between fish and fruit — as if a higher pitch brings more shoppers.

Gobsmacked in a Sicilian market

It’s life itself here, a flume of color, smells, tastes, and passionate appeals from vendors.

Love Letters

We said we’d check in 60 days after our breakup. Do I have to?

In hindsight, I’m rethinking that agreement.

Globe Magazine

Top spots to live in Greater Boston in 2019

The 16 communities seeing the biggest leaps in house prices north, south, and west of Boston, plus in the city itself.

Top Spots to Live 2019

Five tips for first-time home buyers in the Boston area

It’s a brutal market for newbies. But realtors have some simple, savvy advice for a successful bid.

Derek Hough wakeboarding on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho.

The VIP Lounge | Derek Hough

The VIP Lounge with Derek Hough

We caught up with Hough, who lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, dancer Hayley Erbert, and their rescue pets – a dog, Romie, and a cat, Palo – to talk about all things travel.

The ahi Benedict at Cane & Canoe on Maui is a great way to kick-start your day on the island.

On Maui, fresh, simple food takes center stage

At the annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival, we find a love of all things local, a burgeoning movement to support and form alliances with small, artisan farmers, and a nod to ethnicity and home-style cooking.

1. -2. Mother’s Day package at Camden Harbour Inn. Photo credit: Irvin Serrano (Exterior). Photo credit: Kristin Tieg (Interior DR). Approved by Gillian Britt;

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

Bob’s is located in a residential corner of Medford, not too far from Tufts.

What She’s Having

Get your sandwich fix at Bob’s in Medford — if you can find it

Bob’s version of the Italian sub belongs in my pantheon of meat marvels.

James Mark, a James Beard award nominee for best chef in the Northeast, is pictured at Big King, his second restaurant in Providence.

Dining Out

With Big King restaurant in Providence, James Mark continues telling his story

The James Beard award nominee’s West Side establishment is mature, focused, and intimate.

An unidentified scientist with a golden eagle, the first golden eagle to be fitted with a tracking device in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.

Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

Officials say the first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park to be fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning.

Milk Bar renames ‘Crack Pie’

Milk Bar, the New York bakery that opened a Cambridge location in February, is changing the name of one of its signature dishes.

Joey Hoofdman, who after DNA testing is one of 49 confirmed children of Dutch fertility doctor Jan Karbaat, posed for a portrait in Alkmaar, Netherlands, on Monday.

Dutch fertility doctor may have more than 49 children

A Dutch fertility doctor who used his own sperm to father 49 children, without telling their mothers he was the donor, may have even more children.

The confident cook

Recipe: Jammy eggs have slightly runny yolks you see in bowls of ramen and in French salads

A jammy egg — a new name for a classic method — is an egg that’s firmer than soft-boiled but not as firm as hard-cooked.

A full facial reconstruction model of a head based on the skull of Britain's oldest complete skeleton was on display.

Aegean farmers replaced hunters of ancient Britain, study indicates

A wave of migrants from what is now Greece and Turkey arrived in Britain some 6,000 years ago and virtually replaced the existing hunter-gatherer population, a study suggests.

When a toffee hobby takes off, you get Dave’s Sweet Tooth

With its real butter, sugar, nuts, and flavorings, Dave’s Sweet Tooth handmade, small batch toffee now has fans around the world.

Salts that wow with hints of air and sea

Karen Pevenstein is public relations executive for a financial services company but after tasting salts she found at a Paris food fair, now works directly with the paludiers and imports their salts.

Joining forces for a trout pate

Boston Smoked Fish Co. teamed up with Jeremy Sewall of Row 34 and Island Creek Oyster Bar restaurants to create Smoked Steelhead Trout Pate, using fish grown in sustainable and environmentally sound ways at UNH.

A woman received a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y.

US measles count up to 555, with most new cases in New York

U.S. measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years.

Getting Salty with Kwasi Kwaa of The Chop Bar pop-up

Kwaa is a sous chef at BG Events and Catering in Allston and has a busy side career helming The Chop Bar pop-up with co-chef Shelley Nason, serving food from his home country of Ghana.

In this Jan. 25, 2019 photo, Neb. State Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln testifies during a legislative hearing in Lincoln, Neb., on LB 110, a bill that proposes to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska. Nebraska's conservative lawmakers are poised to once again reject measures calling for allowing limited and highly regulated use of medical marijuana, but their decision this year could have the unintended consequence of ushering in one of the most unrestricted medical marijuana laws in the country. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska’s tough approach to medical marijuana may backfire

Year after year, Nebraska’s conservative lawmakers have rejected measures calling for limited and highly regulated medical marijuana.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of April 9) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

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.