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Boston preps for wave of marathon visitors

BOSTON — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year’s bombings elevating interest in one of the world’s great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

Things people never say in hospice

Four years of my professional life were spent working in hospice. Director of bereavement and pastoral care. Simply put, four of the best years of my life. Creative, energizing and a daily learning curve. A downer? Absolutely not! Quite the opposite. More hopeful, inspirational, meaningful.

Louisville: 5 free things for visitors to do

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When it’s Kentucky Derby season in Louisville, money seems to flow faster than the Ohio River. Hotels and restaurants fill up; bars serve mint juleps and fine Kentucky bourbon. Shopping includes a hunt for the colorful hats worn as a Derby tradition. Parties are thrown, and wagers are plunked down on can’t-miss colts and longshots alike as fans guess which horse will win the famous race at Churchill Downs.

Garden pest control naturally

Gardeners worried about the safety of synthetic pest-control products sometimes turn to botanically derived compounds instead. But many of those also contain toxic ingredients, such as nicotine, rotenone and pyrethrins.

Human Matters: Pain, physical and otherwise

I fell in love with basketball at a summer baseball camp at Northern Arizona University. I was 8 years old. We happened by the gym during “free time,” and I found myself in a pickup game. It was like I’d played this game in a previous life. I became impassioned.

Let’s Talk Food: Titanic sailed 102 years ago

On Wednesday, April 10, 1912, passengers boarded the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. At 8:10 p.m., it set sail from Cherbourg, heading for Queenstown, Ireland, in the morning and then setting sail for New York City. If you were one of the privileged class and got to dine in the private first-class diner, this is what you would be enjoying on any one of the nights: