Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek, Conde Nast Traveler

“The resort was nowhere to be found. ‘Why would they build it out here, anyway?’ said my husband, Tom, clicking on the interior car light and poring over the road atlas for the stretch of I-70 in Eagle County. ‘Bachelor Gulch isn’t even on the map.’ 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.”
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Padma Lakshmi: Perfectly Simple
Padma Lakshmi: Perfectly Simple, Boston Common

The office of MIT’s director of gynepathology goes from silent to buzzing with the opening of a door. Padma Lakshmi’s crew has arrived, with the former supermodel at its center, leggy in navy short-shorts and black ankle boots, with a vintage military-style band vest over a white tank…. “I went through five surgeries and a very painful divorce, and I was alone,” Lakshmi recalls. “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 more (http://bostoncommon-magazine NULL.99)

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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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, say, global faith, or a service in on e of the school’s many religious traditions. Somber secular music greeted those taking their seats: Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” with its images of “black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze.” In the front of the room played a looping video of 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 the full article (http://bostoncommon-magazine

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. Location: Blue Ginger, Wellesley. Empty table to the right, wall of windows at rear, possible disturbance in front. Goal: To dodge the circus aspect of being recognized, even though that recognition is a measure of his success. Such is the cognitive dissonance of being a low-profile construction worker from Newton with a high-profile face…”  Read more ( http://bostoncommon-magazine NULL.99)  

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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"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.
“She described for us with impatience how newsrooms had worked in the ’60s: the drinking there’d be after work, and how it wasn’t a matter of whether a pass would be made at you but rather a matter of when and by whom and how brazen it would be.”
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Play It Forward: Volunteer Vacations
Play It Forward: Volunteer Vacations, Das Auto

“…By 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, a time when tourists on Bourbon Street are making a conga line to Café du Monde for their breakfast beignets, a Habitat for Humanity crew of 12 is already at work. One of its sites is on Feliciana Street, a neighborhood near the Lower Ninth Ward where many homes are spray painted with an X. In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, this was the mark used to identify sites that had been searched for survivors and habitability. To visitors this might look like mere graffiti. But as volunteers learn, some homeowners opt to keep the X even after their houses are repaired: For them, it is an emblem of perseverance, survival and pride.”
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Remembering Tucker
Remembering Tucker, Beyond the Margins

“There is a scene in my novel where a dog is put to sleep at a veterinarian’s office. It is a telling moment, because the dog’s owner slips away at the beginning of the procedure, leaving his girlfriend to comfort the dog at the end of his life. The euthanasia of a dog is not something I had ever seen myself, and writing this scene was not something I enjoyed. At the time, our own dog was a healthy seven-year-old, and I resisted thoughts of the day we’d have to say goodbye to him.”
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Cruising a la carte
Cruising a la carte, Health

“Our kayaks slipped through the Canadian bay, paddles creating tiny tornadoes in the still water. The rocky shoreline rose straight from boulders to evergreens against water so dense and calm that the surface appeared black. Above, the gray sky was like a damp wool blanket.”
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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 gets generous in Whistler. If you’re going in early June, pack your skis and your sticks, because you can golf in the morning and ski in the afternoon.“
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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 the full story (http://www NULL.redbookmag

Biking Napa Valley
Biking Napa Valley, Self

“Come fall, the rarified air of Napa Valley is sweet with the scent of grapes—crushed grapes, that is. Wine-and fitness-enthusiasts who time their stays for September and October are rewarded with the hubub of harvest at the vineyards, when outdoor activities throughout the valley are at their ripest.”
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