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Members of Threshold Choir in Concord, Mass., sang at the bedside of a dying patient in 2019. Left to right, Richard Friday, Patty Fraser, and Fran Hunt.

Lullabies for the dying

A group of singing last responders help usher the critically ill from this life into the next.

Kit Connor, left, and Joe Locke star in Netflix's "Heartstopper."

An idealized vision of young gay love that stops my heart

“Heartstopper” serves up a boy-meets-boy romance that reminds me of all that I never had and all that remains worth fighting for.

A child is comforted on a bus headed to a hotel after she arrived in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, from Mariupol.

I grew up during a time of civil war. My childhood was among the casualties.

Conflicts like the one in Ukraine and the one that marred my youth in Burundi create generations of children who aren’t children anymore.

Taliban fighters on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, outside a police station in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 1.

A life in hiding from the Taliban

My young sons don’t understand why we haven’t left this safe house in six months. At this holy time of the year, we celebrate only that we remain alive.


Our totally healthy true crime obsession

Don’t feel guilty about indulging in a genre that’s been around as long as storytelling itself.

My mother, Julia Mazur, as the maid of honor at her brother's wedding.

How old are you? Don’t ask, don’t tell.

It seemed to them that once a woman passed 30, her age was not only a secret but also shameful. After all, we’d never celebrated our mother’s big birthdays, not 50, 60, 70, or 80. Presents yes, but no countable candles on the cakes.


Some thoughts on ‘emerging’

It’s a word that comes up over and over these days when people are talking about COVID-19. Are we emerging from the pandemic? Are new variants emerging? We’d like to meet you for dinner — are you emerging yet?

Unlike Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not only could I not sink a buzzer-beating skyhook in an NBA playoff game, I certainly did not act in the funniest movie ever made (Abdul-Jabbar played copilot Roger Murdock in “Airplane!," here with pilot Peter Graves), or run a foundation to promote STEM education among inner-city schoolchildren.

They’re all better than me!

I can barely string together a few hundred words every two weeks, while successful athletes such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, and former big-league outfielder Doug Glanville have written columns that have reached tens of thousands of readers.