Being Matt LeBlanc
Being Matt LeBlanc, Boston Common Magazine

When Matt LeBlanc enters a restaurant for an early lunch on a quiet Wednesday, he takes his seat a bit like a Secret Service agent taking in points of exposure. 
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His Brother’s Keeper
His Brother’s Keeper, Boston Magazine

As Joe Kennedy retakes the helm of Citizens Energy on the first anniversary of his brother’s death, he inherits a company known as much for its generous salaries as its charitable projects. Will Joe be able to reconcile doing good with doing well?
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Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek, Conde Nast Traveler

A phone call to the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch yielded directions like something out of The Da Vinci Code: Loop around several traffic circles and bear right at the statue of stampeding bulls, kick into four-wheel-drive for a mile uphill, cruise through the checkpoint gate, head into the darkness and under an arch, and then hairpin into the courtyard, where you’ll be greeted by two men in long oilskin coats. Twenty minutes later, we were.
     The location for Ritz-Carlton’s first ski resort was deftly chosen, tucked in the crease between Arrowhead and Beaver Creek mountains, making it a part of things without being in the heart of things.
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Padma Lakshmi: Perfectly Simple
Padma Lakshmi: Perfectly Simple, Boston Common

“I went through five surgeries and a very painful divorce, and I was alone. And in the process of all these tests, I was told that I probably wouldn’t be able to have children. I just got so mad.”  Read full article (http://bostoncommon-magazine NULL.99)

Play It Forward: Volunteer Vacations
Play It Forward: Volunteer Vacations, Das Auto

Voluntourism is the mash-up moniker for trips people undertake for a cause. Trip themes are as varied as the world’s needs, but New Orleans has become a nexus of U.S. voluntourism, in part because it represents so clear a need in Americans’ own backyard. It has a “higher percentage of blighted housing stock than any other major American city,” according to the local Times-Picayune, “with roughly one in four housing units dilapidated or abandoned.” On some streets, the number of vacant homes—moss thick on mold-soaked roofs—equals the occupied ones.
     By 9 a.m. on a Saturday, an hour when tourists on Bourbon Street are making a conga line to Café du Monde for beignets and others are still stumbling home, the Habitat for Humanity crew is already on the job. Here on Feliciana Street, a neighborhood near the Lower Ninth Ward, many homes are spray painted with an X—the mark, in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, used by rescuers to identify sites already searched for survivors. To visitors, this might look like mere graffiti. But as volunteers learn, some homeowners want to keep the X even after their houses are repaired. For them, it is an emblem of perseverance, even pride…

What Really Goes On Inside Harvard Divinity School?
What Really Goes On Inside Harvard Divinity School?, Boston Common

On a Tuesday in late September, the Sperry Room at Harvard Divinity School was not packed for any of the usual reasons—a visiting scholar, a panel on global faith. In the front of the room, a video looped with Southern lynchings. Not something you’d typically expect at a divinity school gathering. But it is typical of Harvard Divinity School, where spirituality is embodied not in any one faith or career path, but in living in a state of respect and well-being, which includes protesting injustice. Read full article (http://bostoncommon-magazine

Happiness Is....Really Meeting My Husband Because of a Car
Happiness Is....Really Meeting My Husband Because of a Car, Redbook Magazine

The summer I turned 30, I took a gamble, picking up and moving to a new city with a guy I barely knew in a car I could barely drive. This was more than a little out of character for me. I don’t make aggressive investments. I don’t even wear two patterns at a time, or buy a novel unless it’s been recommended by someone I trust. It started with a blind date…. Read full article (http://www NULL.redbookmag

We All Have Our Stories
We All Have Our Stories, Salon

My teacher in journalism school had no sympathy for my column about sexual harassment because, for her, it was inherent in the workplace.
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Cognoscenti, NPR Boston

Is it ethical for bookstores to sell uncorrected proofs?
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The Point of the Paperback
The Point of the Paperback, The Millions

Here’s what I learned, after a month of talking to editors, literary agents, publishers, and other authors: A paperback isn’t just a cheaper version of the book anymore. It’s a makeover. A facelift. And for some, a second shot.
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Book Clubs Mean Business
Book Clubs Mean Business, The Millions

…If I were writing a trend piece, this is where I’d write, “These are not your grandmother’s book clubs.” But that would be clever and coy and not altogether true. Ambitious book clubs have been recorded since the late 1800s, reviewing material (and sometimes prospective members) with the seriousness of PhD candidates. What is new, however, is that book clubs’ appetite for reading — and the power of their consumption — is becoming a publishing influencer. Clubs are in fact spawning a business niche that is driving marketing decisions of authors and publishers.
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Recommendation: Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner
Recommendation: Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner, Post Road Literary Magazine

The first time I read Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety, I was in my late twenties and hungry for insight into what made for a solid relationship, and what made it last. How do people navigate growth and change in relationships over time? Do the years dull the edges of our flaws and soften our irritations, making us kinder, gentler versions of ourselves? These are the big-think questions at the heart of Crossing to Safety, an incisive portrayal of two couples, friends for decades. And his answer is a resounding no.
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Remembering Tucker
Remembering Tucker, Beyond the Margins

As painful as it was, there was some relief in knowing I’d had the strength to be present. I had seen her out of this life with the same companionship she’d shown me through it.
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Cruising a la carte
Cruising a la carte, Health

A rocky shoreline rising straight from boulders to evergreens. Sky like a damp wool blanket. Water so dense and calm the surface appears black. If you were to Google “Nova Scotia cove” in your imagination, this is pretty much the picture you’d see.  Our four kayaks slip through the Canadian bay, paddles creating tiny whirlpools in the still water… Read full article

The Best Month: June, Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada
The Best Month: June, Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada, Men’s Journal

Mother Nature usually makes you choose your sports by the season — grass or snow, don’t get greedy. But Mother Nature is generous in Whistler.

Biking Napa Valley
Biking Napa Valley, Self