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boston globe magazine
January 23, 2011
The condo trap

Home sweet hell: Falling into the condo trap

If you want to buy a condo in Boston, you’re probably looking at a small building. But as some new owners soon find out, neighbors in close quarters can turn a nice living arrangement into a living nightmare

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coupling: stories about relationships

Nesting instincts

During home renovations, a husband makes a surprising transformation.
dinner with cupid

A true fixer-upper

Will sparks fly between this handy guy and his adventuresome date?
Miss Conduct

Keeping score on charitable donations

Reciprocating with charitable donations, plus something rotten in an old friendship.

Snow job

Sensible rules for covering blizzards.
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A dose of reason

Vaccine phobia is letting preventable infectious diseases needlessly threaten our children. According to Seth Mnookin, it’s time to get real -- and get the shots.
Bella English


A bike crash sends the rider on an unexpected course.
Andre Dubus
First Person

Andre Dubus III recounts trading fists for words

In his upcoming memoir, Townie, author Andre Dubus III, 51, recounts trading fists for words.
What a catch
Want really fresh fish? Prepare a Mexican classic.
If we build it, they will come
Why aren’t more people moving to Massachusetts?
On the Block
Homes in Hull
Three single-families with great water views.
Style Watch
Liquid assets
Pros share tips for creating wine cellars worthy of a serious collection.
Tales From the City
A need for speed
A retort at the express lane, a daughter pulls Daddy away from his cell phone, and a 5-year-old discovers LPs.
Letters to the Magazine Editor
Readers weigh in on the Bostonian of the Year and more.

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Steve Carrell

Kickin' back with Steve Carell in Marshfield

This summer, the star returns to Massachusetts for some much-needed R & R.
James Reeb

Letter from Selma

Revisiting the 1965 murder of a white Boston minister that helped usher in the Voting Rights Act.
Home-birth battle

Home-birth battle

Massachusetts doesn't regulate midwives. Now one brave – and unlikely – advocate is fighting for change.
Your Home: Solutions for small spaces

Your Home: Solutions for small spaces

The professionals share space-saving tips for every room in your home.