Fair Fares on the MBTA?

By Barbara Jacobson Starting on January 17, 2012, the MBTA began a series of Public Workshops to discuss the impending fare increases and service reductions for public transportation throughout the Boston metro area. On January 23, I attended a public meeting at Roxbury Community College and the general consensus from the crowd: anger and disappointment. In order to speak to both the… Read more →

Don’t think too much

To Friendship

Maybe it’s a solstice. Maybe it’s vaguely your birthday. Maybe it’s a day you feel like disappearing under a pile of tortilla chips and Netflix because your job is frustrating or your heart is ice cubey. But almost every year, like cosmic clockwork, there arrives this unexpected package on your stoop. As you pick it up, you swear you see… Read more →


“Person of the Year” title didn’t go to Danica May Camacho

Time magazine announced its “Person of the Year” today and “The Protester” wins out over all the other people that have greatly influenced this year. I understand what Time is doing; they are trying to go for a cross-cultural and globally resonating figure. I’m somewhat surprised that the “Person of the Year” title didn’t go to Danica May Camacho, the… Read more →

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by Barbara Jacobson Water drips down his flawless skin; he looks up at the mirror and says to no other vampire but himself, “This is it. Tomorrow, I’m going to ask Julie on a date.” He blindly reaches for the dingy hand towel on the rack and blots his face dry. He huffs as he switches off the light of… Read more →


Dear Students at Mt. Markham—It Gets Better

In October 2010, I heard about a movement called Back to Your School. It’s a spinoff of two other important initiatives: the Trevor Project and It Gets Better. Growing up gay in rural Upstate New York was definitely a challenge. After reading about Back to Your School, I immediately realized the importance of the movement—I wish I had know just one out LGBT person in the 13 years I spent in the Mount Markham Central School District (West Winfield, NY). Read more →


Oona’s Spring Collection

Oona’s graciously invited me to preview their spring collection at a small gathering they were having. Gone are the feather boas and polyester shift dresses of Oona’s past. In their place are immaculate 1940’s silk sheaths, full skirted 1950’s day dresses, and a collection of vintage hats that would put even Kate Middleton to shame. Read more →