The Boston Globe Magazine | December 30, 2018

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Meet the 2018 Bostonians of the Year: Ayanna Pressley and Alex Cora

She’s the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. He’s the first manager of color in Red Sox history. Both are blazing bold paths forward grounded in smart strategy. By Neil Swidey

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Aly Raisman isn’t done fighting for sexual assault survivors

The star gymnast from Needham took on USA Gymnastics — and is devoted to erasing the stigma for those who’ve survived abuse. By Stephanie Ebbert

Dave Barry’s year in review: Good riddance, 2018!

Who’s got the bigger nuclear button? And other highlights of another ridiculous year. By Dave Barry

Ivan Soto; Rosemary Smedile; Martha Velez; Fire Chief Brian Moriarty; Kim Moriarty; and Mayor Dan Rivera in front of Lawrence City Hall.

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Ivan Soto; Rosemary Smedile; Martha Velez; Fire Chief Brian Moriarty; Kim Moriarty; and Mayor Dan Rivera in front of Lawrence City Hall.

The ordinary people who rushed to help when catastrophe struck the Merrimack Valley

When calamity came to Lawrence, residents and neighboring communities pulled together. By Milton J. Valencia

state Representative Paul Brodeur and state Senator Jason Lewis

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State Representative Paul Brodeur and state Senator Jason Lewis.

The Massachusetts politicians who actually got something big done: Paid family leave

It took more than a year of negotiation, but legislators Paul Brodeur and Jason Lewis achieved one of the nation’s best family and medical leave acts. By Shirley Leung

Perspective | Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/WEBAdobeStock_185446619.jpg Why composting isn’t as hard as you might think

My wife and I work long hours, and our thumbs aren’t green. But we’re happy to pay someone to haul our food waste to a licensed composting facility.

Love Letters

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/24/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/Meredith_Goldstein_NewLogo.jpg I feel like I’m dating my future husband. Is this the real deal?

A twentysomething dater worries she’s setting herself up for heartbreak.

Miss Conduct

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/14/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/miss%20conduct.jpg Advice: How to tell would-be guests they aren’t making the cut

Plus, helping a friend to stay sober.

Dinner with Cupid

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/24/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/1230CUPIDWEB.jpg Blind date: ‘I was getting nervous that I was getting stood up’

Will these two daters be able to smooth over a nerve-racking start to their dinner?

Cooking | Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/29/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/XXXXcookingweb.jpg Recipes: Ring in the new year with these one-bite savory French pastries

These lovely palmiers look impressive but are simple to make.

Your Week Ahead

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/24/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/WEBfirst-night.jpg Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 30-Jan. 6

Welcome 2019 with family-friendly activities, learn what it’s really like to eat like a bird, and more.

On the Block

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/webEASTON.jpg For sale: Colonials in Easton and Wellesley

Get in the express checkout lane with flexible sellers open to quick closings.

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Connections | Magazine

Making one last toast to Mom

My mother was gone, but I still felt her presence. A tale of martinis and coincidences.

Comments

Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine

Readers write in about Dinner with Cupid, traveling through Patagonia, the role of the humanities, and more.

2018 Top Places to Work

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/06/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/11182018cover.jpg What companies have the happiest workers in Massachusetts?

Find out which companies made the list of the Top Places to Work in four size categories. Plus, how businesses are boosting productivity, supporting parents, striving for a healthy work-life balance, and more.

2018 Women & Power

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/06/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/2018Women.jpg 2018 Women & Power

Check out the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. Plus, sage advice from some of the state top female executives.

Special projects

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/laura1104webcrop.jpg Help was just a few feet away.

My wife, Laura Levis, did everything she could to save herself when the asthma attack began. She went to Somerville Hospital and called 911, too. How could she have been left to die just outside the emergency room?

Good reads

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/17/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/cover0722mom[1].jpg Motherhood brings the most dramatic brain changes of a woman’s life

So why does prenatal care ignore the topic altogether?

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