May 25, 2014 | The Boston Globe Magazine

The unstoppable slugger playing baseball blind

Whether on the field or at Harvard, Joe McCormick wasn’t about to let his sudden loss of vision keep him from competing. By David Wanczyk

At Yale, Smiley pocketed this map of John Smith’s New England from a 1631 book.

On the trail of Martha’s Vineyard’s rare map thief

E. Forbes Smiley III spent years spiriting some $3 million worth of rare maps out of some of the world’s most prestigious libraries. And he almost got away with it. By Michael Blanding

Your Home: Family Friendly

In April 2013, both Stephen Register’s bedroom and the one shared by his two sisters, Fiona, now 4, and Bridget, 6, got a major boost, courtesy of the Room to Dream Foundation. The rooms highlight the siblings’ favorite things: for the girls, it’s butterflies and the color purple. Bright, happy kids’ rooms in Needham

Through the nonprofit Room to Dream Foundation, three siblings get cheery spaces to call their own. By Cheryl Fenton

Your Home: The Guide

How to kid- and pet-proof your home

The furnishings, finishes, and layouts that will let your wild things be wild. By Elizabeth Gehrman


Jim Braude: Consider the gambling problem we already have

This talk of whether gaming palaces will save or ruin us overlooks one thing: We’ve been wagering tons of cash for decades. By Jim Braude

First Person

Piper Kerman. Piper Kerman reflects on Netflix series ‘Orange Is the New Black’

The writer, who grew up in Brookline and Swampscott, talks about the reaction to the women’s prison comedy-drama inspired by her memoir.

First Person

Gregory Flemming. A real pirate story: Inside Gregory Flemming’s new book

The Acton author has uncovered the striking capture and escape of a 19-year-old cod fisherman in the 1720s, the subject of his new book. By As told to Joel Brown


The trouble with high school valedictorian awards

A high school valedictorian’s mom on why it’s time to end class rankings. By Jan Brogan

Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in Boston the week of May 25

A Memorial Day tribute, a green summit, an educational gross out, and more

On the Block

For sale: Bungalows in Wayland and Braintree

These cozy homes are convenient for commuters. By Stacey Myers

Miss Conduct

On a crowded plane, who gets the armrest?

Plus, advice on a friend who butts in. By Robin Abrahams

A Restaurant’s Take

Chicken shish kebab at Cafe Barada

In North Cambridge, doing wonders with ordinary ingredients. By Sheryl Julian

Dinner with Cupid

Julio Rivera and Kenia Pena. Blind date: To the nines

She dressed up, he didn’t. Will they get into the same groove? By Compiled Eryn Carlson


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