Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine

Readers write in about a rough Cupid date, ideas for things to do with your dog, happy parents, and more.


Not exactly a warm and fuzzy date (Dinner with Cupid, August 5)! These two were not a good match in the least. Maybe 24 is the new 14. I think Jeremy has a few more years of growing up to do before he is ready to go on dates instead of hanging out with bros and egging cars, or passersby.

marykowens / posted on


As the owner of a dog in the Boston area, I am delighted to learn of things my dog and I can participate in (“Dog Gone!” August 12). As the owner of a black Lab, I am disappointed that you did not include a photo of a black dog on your cover. This is the same discrimination that all black dogs are subject to. Ask any veterinarian or shelter worker and they will tell you that black dogs are the first to be given up, the last to be adopted, and therefore the most [likely] to be euthanized.

Anne Umphrey / Concord


I appreciate pet owners wanting their best friends near them at all times, but please remember that many of us are severely allergic to dogs and cats. It can sometimes trigger an asthma attack. And bringing pets to the supermarket is just plain unsanitary. Please be considerate when deciding whether or not to bring your furry friend along. Thank you!

Rosemary Pacheco / Raynham

Loved the feature this weekend — so many new things to add to my list. As a new dog owner, I’m constantly looking for dog-friendly activities. Last weekend, Sahara and I discovered The Living Room (right near the aquarium) and its dog-friendly patio and menu. It was a blast. Looking forward to trying the other dining options you mentioned.

John Ryan / Woburn


Wow. Just finished reading “A Field Guide to Happier Parenting” (August 12) for the second time. Just about every sentence was informative, reassuring, and helpful. On behalf of all parents everywhere, thank you, KJ Dell’Antonia! The takeaway message: Parenthood is fleeting, so please take the time to savor it!


Karen D. Boardman / York Beach, Maine

Very simple rule: Realize how lucky you are you can have children. The rest is all words.

Sara C. Quinn / Enfield, Connecticut

Seems to me that Dell’Antonia’s 10 guiding principles are just as worthwhile and inspiring for non-parents as well.

Adam Villone / Cummaquid


I thoroughly enjoyed Sanjay Seth’s essay (Connections, August 12). It was evocative and both personal and universal. And it was a great reminder to me about the importance of honoring and respecting names and getting them right. It also deepens my appreciation for the grit and grace of immigrants and their willingness to share their lives and cultures with their new communities. This is such a big part of what makes America great.

Jennifer Montgomery / Salisbury, New Hampshire

I will never accept a person being called a nickname because it is easier for me to remember and I am too foolish to learn something new. Seth’s mother is a very good person and clever in her ways of bringing people together from all countries and cultures for good things.

Nancy K. Willis / Bismarck, North Dakota

What the author and his mother don’t seem to realize is that she fought melting into the melting pot. When my family left Sweden or Ireland, they were eager to take a name that was easier for Americans to pronounce and remember and spell. They did not insist on Americans knowing their culture because we were the ones who needed to adapt.


Pam Atkinson / Foxborough

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