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PARENTING UNFILTERED
Ashley Maddox feeds her 5-month-old son, Cole, with formula she bought through a Facebook group of mothers in need May 12, 2022, in Imperial Beach, Calif. "I connected with a gal in my group and she had seven cans of the formula I need that were just sitting in her house that her baby didn't need anymore," she said. "So I drove out, it was about a 20-minute drive and picked it up and paid her. It was a miracle."

Social media has been a judgmental cesspool for parents, until the COVID and formula crises

What can we learn about kindness from these messes?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on April 7, 2022.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirms she’s engaged

The 32-year-old New York congresswoman met her now-fiancé, Riley Roberts, while they were both undergraduates at Boston University.

LOVE LETTERS
Love Letters

I have a crush on the person I carpool with. At risk: My heart and my ride.

Where will the road lead if I confess my feelings to my commuting pal?

PHOTOGRAPHY
Pedestrians checked out the Boston Press Photographers Association's "2021 Pictures of the Year 2021" exhibition at Copley Square last week.

Pictures of the year on display in Copley Square

The Boston Press Photographers Association’s annual contest winners are on display there through May 25, then they’ll head to Jamaica Plain.

Derenda Hancock, co-organizer of the "Pink House Defenders," stands outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization, Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic, also known as the "Pink House", May 3, 2022, in Jackson, Miss.

Abortion-friendly states prep for more patients if Roe falls

Leaders of a Tennessee abortion clinic calculated driving distances and studied passenger rail routes as they scanned the map for another place to offer services if the US Supreme Court lets states restrict or eliminate abortion rights.

Actor Amber Heard spoke with a member of her legal team.

Johnny Depp’s jealousy, substance abuse recounted by friends

The trial for Johnny Depp’s libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard returned to the themes of Depp’s jealousy and substance abuse Thursday.

Boston is one of the best cities to live in the country, according to a new ranking.

Here’s where Boston ranks among the nation’s top places to live, according to US News & World Report

While Boston moved up on the list this year, one other New England city ranked higher.

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE
The free Lowell Folk Festival, July 29-31, includes about 20 performers on four stages in downtown Lowell. Performances feature blues, polka, Cajun, and more than a dozen other types of traditional music. Pictured here: Mariachi Mexico Antiguo.

A music fest in Lowell, a wellness fest in Sun Valley, and a speaker to go

Travel news you can use.


TRAVEL
Three Sisters Sanctuary is a Willy-Wonka-meets-Dali-meets-Tolkien kind of place with an eclectic collection of art and other stuff.

Gardens, art, and whimsy combine to offer a place of solace — and delight

Three Sisters Sanctuary "got started because of grief," its founder says. But "instead of choosing the dark side of grief, I chased the light." And visitors can take it all in.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER
The exterior of the Cambria Boston Somerville Hotel.

A design-forward hotel finds a home in Somerville

The developer of the Cambria Boston Somerville hopes to bring some character to the city’s hospitality scene.

TRAVEL
John Douglas Thompson, onstage.

‘Martha’s Vineyard, here I come!’

We caught up with award-winning performer John Douglas Thompson to talk about all things travel.

LOVE LETTERS
Love Letters

Is it wrong to want a provider?

I broke it off because I don’t see us moving up financially together; it felt like he was more of a burden than a partner.

ASK AMY
Wedding ring.

Daughter’s military marriage may end in quick divorce

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

TABLES
Cool off at Shore Leave's new cocktail garden.

Cocktail gardens in bloom; a star pastry chef comes back to Boston

Plus, a new branch of Tenoch will open in East Cambridge this summer, offering the same menu as the other busy branches in Somerville, Medford, Melrose, and the North End.

TRAVEL
Signs like this one at Nauset Beach warn beach-goers about sharks. If you see seals in the water, get out — seals are shark food. You don’t want to end up in danger due to a case of mistaken identity.

Here’s where to get the lowdown on the Cape’s most feared — and misunderstood — visitor

Shark awareness, and learning to coexist with sharks, is becoming a way of life on the Cape. Nobody knows this better than the folks at the Atlantic Great White Shark Conservancy.

A billboard showed actor Sacha Baron Cohen posing as his character Borat, which was allegedly displayed without his permission on a billboard for several weeks, according to a lawsuit filed by the actor that was dismissed Tuesday.

Sacha Baron Cohen drops lawsuit against Somerset cannabis dispensary

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped his lawsuit against a cannabis dispensary in Somerset, Mass. that used an image of his character ‘Borat’ on a billboard without his permission.