Finding an Inner Space

Located at 1110 Mass. Ave., Inner Space Meditation Center & Gallery is not situated in what one would call a peaceful place. The traffic level is steady outside their glass storefront, and it’s a little hard to believe that anything relaxing can go on in a place that borders the urban essence so closely. But all it takes is a […]

Love On Ice: U.S. Women Go Pro For the First Time

When you’re a kid in small town New England, you’re going to spend a disproportionate amount of your life playing street hockey. Even if your parents aren’t crazy enough to commit to the early morning practices and threat of potential injury that comes with actual hockey, they’re definitely going to put a stick in your hands and send you out to shoot […]

Love, Factually

Valentine’s Day is arguably the most political holiday we celebrate all year. If you’re in a couple, you might be faced with the societal expectations of the day: the card, the gift, the dinner reservations. If you’re uncoupled, you’re all but forced to weigh in on the holiday, like a pundit trying to find new takes on Donald Trump’s […]

There’s an App for That: Can For-Profit Companies Fix Social Ills?

On its surface, the tech industry is one that’s steeped in optimism and altruism. Thousands of the world’s smartest people are teaming up to find solutions to even the most minute problems. They’re building apps that aim to make customers’ lives healthier, easier, more organized, more peaceful—or even more meaningful (yes, there are apps for […]

A Faster, Better #1 Bus and More Participatory Budgeting Winners

The second round of Participatory Budgeting wrapped up last week, with more funds to spread around ($600,000, up from $500,000), a greater number of project proposals (540 rather than 380) and a 53 percent increase in overall voter participation. That big spike in interest could be due to the retooling of the PB timeline—last year, […]

Scoop Sights Dishes out Dairy-Free Deliciousness

Between FoMu’s two locations in Allston and Jamaica Plain, the new dairy-free ice cream Just Bananas and the recent Ben & Jerry’s announcement that they’re working on a line of milk-less frozen treats, this is truly a golden age for Greater Boston’s vegan, lactose intolerant and combination vegan/lactose intolerant ice cream lovers. But we only know of one local ice cream alternative that’s delivered by […]

Spice up your life with the Craic & Blonde

Blonde Beauchamp believes in fostering human connections through food. A self-taught chef, Beauchamp learned to cook in the way some musicians learn to play by ear. In her childhood kitchen, the first-generation Haitian-American followed her mother’s lead. “My mother was always in the kitchen, but she was sort of quiet about what she was doing. […]

Citywide, a Renewed Focus on Ending Domestic Violence

On a brisk but bright afternoon in October, Risa Mednick walks through the sun-drenched rooms at Transition House, where the sounds of shouting children and beeping kitchen timers have, for the time being, been replaced by power drills and hammers. Mednick, who is the executive director at the domestic violence agency, ducks past a construction […]

Dead in Good Company at Mount Auburn Cemetery

“Anybody who recommends meeting in a cemetery has gotta be a really interesting character.” Kim Nagy is reflecting on the first time she met John Harrison, with whom she worked as a co-editor on the recently published essay collection Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery. It was 2011, and Nagy was going […]

A Matter of Grave Importance: Exploring Cambridge Cemeteries

Modern society tends to fastidiously avoid talking about death in general, but autumn has a special way of bringing about the topic. It’s the season of detritus, as vibrant green leaves fade to shades of red and orange and eventually drop to our feet, where they turn dry and brown and crumble to dust. There’s Halloween […]

InnerCity Weightlifting: The Hidden Gym in Kendall Square

There’s a new gym in Cambridge. It’s brightly lit and features brand new equipment, interior grassy turf, showers, a team of welcoming but challenging personal trainers and a resident pit bull named Blizzard who innocently darts between the weight cages. It might sound like a typical gym, save the dog, but there’s one thing about […]