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Opinion

Blowin’ in the wind

You can’t understand its true shape or dimensions. To get some perspective on things, step back.

Ideas

Seeing Boston from new angles

On day trips in various cities, a photographer reconfigures urban commotion into surprising glimpses of order.

Ideas

The beauty of playing the long game

Projects that take decades to come to fruition are good for organizations — and ourselves.

Opinion

Dear Bob Dylan . . .

Letters from his unopened sack of fan mail.

Opinion

An empty nest story

The shadows in the backyard were getting longer; the young bird had begun to call, but no other robins were answering.

Ideas

Why I love the Tour de France — and why you should too

Cycling offers freedom, speed, and rushes of adrenaline. What could be more American than that?

Opinion

Why ‘it’ matters

What’s it mean to be an “It Girl”? I liken “it” to duende, the ineffable, nebulous virtue popularized by Globe columnist George Frazier.

Ideas

Confounding commas, prickly participles

A roving grammarian tackles some of the most vexing questions about proper English usage.