Comfort Zone

In this together

During this unsettling time, we could all use some comfort and a sense of community. So we've temporarily revamped the Names page into Comfort Zone, a place to find ideas and tips for keeping ourselves, our kids, our minds entertained, or at least distracted.



Gather (virtually) with 100 friends to taste wine

Even in a time of social distancing, you can still take a wine class — from the comfort of your own couch.


Six podcast picks for body, mind, and spirit

In a period of overwhelming everything, here are six wellness podcasts to help you escape through your headphones.

My boyfriend talks to his ‘friend’ every day

My experience has taught me that a guy and a girl can never stay just friends. Especially if they’re talking on the phone every day.


John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’ highlights Patriots’ mask delivery, reunites ‘Hamilton’ cast to perform over video chat

John Krasinski kept the good vibes going with another episode of his YouTube show “Some Good News,” featuring a shout-out to the Patriots and new weatherman Robert De Niro.


How to keep grandparents and grandchildren connected in new ways, from a distance

For a generation not raised on Zoom, there are challenges but simple joys, too.

Jeneé Osterheldt

He’s essential to keeping the grocery store going — but as my dad, he’s essential to me

We haven’t seen each other in six months. Our schedules don’t allow for routine conversations. I miss him.


Should you text your ex? A flow chart.

We at Love Letters made a handy chart you can save to your phone, share with friends, cut out and put on your fridge, or carry to bed with you so you don’t make a mistake at 2 a.m.


‘You are heroes’: Lizzo gives a shout out to Boston Medical Center, donates a meal to show support for hospital workers

“I just want to say thank you so, so much for everything you guys are doing,” the Grammy winner says in a video posted Friday.

Taylor Swift sends $3,000 to Smith College student who lost two jobs amid coronavirus pandemic

Jess Buslewicz, a Connecticut native and Smith College sophomore, got a surprise message from the pop star on Wednesday night.

My boyfriend is committed to helping his ex

I’m at my breaking point. It’s painfully obvious that she needs serious professional help.


Handel and Haydn Society hires Reggie Mobley to diversify its season: ‘People are getting bored hearing the same composers’

The countertenor, who also directs H+H’s annual “Every Voice” series, is devoted to diversifying the orchestra’s repertoire.


7 virtual tours that can take you there

Museums and parks have been showing off online for some time, but have you ever wanted to visit a glacier or baby zoo animal more than you do now?


Lost wages. Broken dreams. Tales from inside the restaurant trenches

Restaurant Diaries captures the stories of the owners, chefs, and staffers upended by business closures.


Leonardo DiCaprio, others launch $12 million coronavirus relief food fund

The actor joins a growing list of celebrities doing some good.


Remember that time Samuel L. Jackson read to us?

Well, he’s done it again to drive home the point of social distancing.


Chapter 7: The Ghosts of Quarantine Future

Weeks ahead of us, what have the people in Italy learned about life in quarantine that we, now, might learn from them?

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