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A new domestic violence prevention hotline — for abusers

Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to offer such a service. Proof that it’s needed? Calls are coming in from around the country — and the world.


A thousand words

The image because it manages to be both historic and timeless and both abstract and concrete.


The citizenship test — hint: It’s about a lot more than just voting

It is reasonable to understand participation can take many forms, including protest and dissent. Demanding full membership by these means is a form of participation in civic life.


Neckties don’t hold quite the same place in the fabric of our lives

When I changed careers decades ago, my mother asked me what I was going to do with all my neckties that I no longer needed, and she proposed weaving them into a rug.


Birthday cards about aging: the joke lands with some, not others

Inappropriate birthday cards appear on a day that is supposed to highlight appreciation of your continuing presence on earth.


‘Give us your huddled masses,’ say Massachusetts residents

The actions of people on the Vineyard are exemplary of what our American spirit should be.


A student nurse at MGH in 1950s, she still recalls how Dr. Austen reassured her

After commenting on the shared trauma of witnessing a sudden death, he reassured me that following his instructions was entirely correct — that tough things happened to all in the medical field.


First there was the destination wedding, then came the hitchhiking

Every morning at 7:00, I stood on Parks Highway, holding up a sign saying "Denali," and every evening, I flipped the sign to say "Healy."