03/26/16 8:00am
PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK | Facebook needs an upgrade.

PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK | Facebook needs an upgrade.

My initial reaction to the news a few weeks back that Facebook had added six new reaction buttons to serve as alternatives to “liking” posts was that it was about damn time. In the days that followed, however, I’ve clicked the new options a grand total of zero times. (more…)

03/07/16 12:19pm
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

There’s a scene late in the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight” in which a reporter visits a courthouse to secure a document sure to break open The Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of allegations that priests had molested children.  (more…)

02/11/16 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

My mornings start the same way each day.

Thump. Thump. Mama. Dada. Mama. Dada. (Repeat, repeat, repeat …)

This happens sometime between 4:45 and 6:45 a.m., pretty much without fail.

It’s fairly safe to say I’ve never been much of a morning person; my wife even less so. Our 2-year-old son? That’s when he does his best work. (more…)

12/13/15 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

I’m a big fan of tipping. I feel it’s one small way to give back to folks who could really use the money — and the best way to get better service.

I am, however, a bit confused by gratuities lately. Who should be tipped? How much should they get? The line on tipping seems more blurred than ever before. (more…)