Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers Today’s sales roundup is a mix of deals to be enjoyed both indoors and out, like a lightweight cycling helmet, a silk-pillowcase sleep set, and a spring-ready wrap dress . (And if you’d like to get ahead on Mother’s Day shopping, there are lots of gift-worthy picks for Mom, too.) Amazon Basics Large Wire Storage Baskets (Set of 3) $40 now 13% off $35 If a year spent indoors has made spring cleaning feel particularly daunting, try these stackable wire baskets, which can hold everything from pantry essentials to bath towels and make it look nice, too. $35 at Amazon Buy Arteza Classic Travel Watercolor Paint Set with Water Brush Pen $14 now 21% off $11 If you (or Mom) are in need of a new hobby, painter Ashley Longshore tipped us off to Arteza’s watercolor paper , which is the “perfect medium between too smooth and too rough.” … [Read more...] about 11 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Oakley to Anker
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CHICAGO — The stranger’s call came when Dianne Green needed it most. Alone in the home where she’d raised four kids, grieving recently deceased relatives, too fearful of COVID-19 to see her grandkids and great-grandbabies, she had never felt lonelier. Then, one day last spring, her cell phone lit up. The cheerful voice on the line was Janine Blezien, a nurse from a Chicago hospital’s “friendly caller” program, created during the pandemic to help lonely seniors cope with isolation. Blezien, 57, lives with her rescue dogs, Gordy and Kasey, in a suburban brick bungalow, just six miles from Green’s two-flat apartment in the city. “She wasn’t scripted. She seemed like she was genuinely caring,” said Green, 68, a retired dispatcher for the city’s water department. The two women started talking often and became friends without ever setting eyes on each other. “I called her my angel.” Rampant loneliness existed long before COVID-19, and experts believe it’s now worse. Evidence … [Read more...] about Loneliness is rampant. A simple call, or hug, may be a cure.
BOSTON (CBS) – Brace yourself. Friday is going be one of those April days when you are going to want to crawl back in bed and forget it ever happened. READ MORE: Time Trial Start Allows Road Races To Return In New Hampshire Conditions are going to vary greatly from place to place. For Coastal MA: A windy, wet nor’easter This storm is the real deal …a slow moving powerhouse at upper levels of the atmosphere. If this were mid-winter or perhaps just a month earlier, we would be talking a LOT of snow in southern New England. (WBZ-TV) April snow is far from unusual, in fact Boston has had accumulating snowfall in April in 4 of the last 5 years and 6 of the last 10, including 0.7” on April 18th of last year (4.7” in Worcester). But given the stretch of mild, dry weather we have had since March, it just seems wrong. On a positive note, we really need the precipitation. For the first time today, 20% of Massachusetts is now designated to be in “moderate drought”. We … [Read more...] about Slow Moving Storm Could Bring More Than 6 Inches Of Snow To Parts Of Massachusetts