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.



‘Skip-gen’ travel trend adds a new segment to the family vacation

According to the AARP, more than a third of grandparents have taken their grandchildren on a trip, leaving parents behind.


A missed opportunity: The airline bailout should have come with consumer-friendly strings attached

COVID-19 has created an extraordinary and dire situation for the airlines, but the crisis should also be seen as a much-needed opportunity to make significant changes in the industry.

I hooked up with my friend’s fling

I’ve never felt this bad in my life. What do I do to help us move on from this?

Chef Floyd Cardoz dies at 59 of coronavirus complications

Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed on “Top Chef,” won “Top Chef Masters” and operated successful restaurants in both India and New York, died Wednesday of complications from the coronavirus, his company said in a statement. He was 59.


Can I get a refund on my Airbnb after the coronavirus outbreak?

Laureen McCluen tried to get a refund, but the host refused. Is she out of luck?


Caledonia Spirits shuts down its bar and store, makes hand sanitizer

The Vermont-based distiller lifts staff spirits by helping the local community combat COVID-19.

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Twentysomething struggles with work-life balance

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

The Great Wall of China reopens a popular section to tourists after coronavirus closure

One of the most popular sections of the Great Wall of China reopened to visitors Tuesday, a hopeful sign after months of lockdowns across the country.


Dishes you can make with what’s on hand

Some of the world’s greatest dishes emerged from make-do circumstances.

A certified sommelier will personally shop for you, and deliver to your door

Sarah Marshall opened Lucille Wine Shop in Lynn in February, and then had to quickly shift gears as conoravirus changed everything.

Food shopping from a distance: the new rules

This list of delivery options changes daily, sometimes even hourly. Here’s what was on offer at press time.

A catered meal, right to your door

Max Ultimate Food, one of Boston’s premier party and gala caterers, just introduced MAX @Home.

Vinegars with a sense of place

Rodrigo Vargas ferments porter beer, cider, junmai sake, and wine and produces vinegars for his company American Vinegar Works in Lowell.


Take a lesson from the French bonne femme and don’t let a scrap go to waste

During the virus crisis, the author is using odds and ends in the kitchen to make delicious food.

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