[The first in a series of articles I'm writing for Ben & Jerry's US and UK sites about the impact of COVID-19 on the world.]
It’s no secret that America — and the world — is struggling right now. We’re worrying, we’re grieving, and many of us are still very, very sick. Our economy is also feeling the effects of COVID-19, with unemployment claims surging to 22 million last week, and an estimated unemployment rate of 17% this month — the highest it’s been since the Great Depression.
The day I felt the lump was one of those white-hot summer days we rarely get in Vermont. My boyfriend and I were packing to go canoe camping to celebrate my 36th birthday that day, so when I casually tucked my hands under my armpits and felt a small, slightly painful bump, I shrugged it off.
But when the breast surgeon slid an ultrasound probe over my breast the next month, she wasn’t smiling. An inconclusive biopsy led to a lumpectomy, then a call a few days later: “I’m sorry, Lindsay. We’ve...
A mostly prefab design provides for a simpler life on a lakefront in southern Uruguay.
Alejandro Rodríguez had been living half a mile from a long, sinuous lake in Canelones, Uruguay, swimming in its waters and riding his bike around its rugged shoreline for the better part of 25 years.
When I first tucked my hands under my armpits and felt a lump last August, I was in the best biking shape of my life. I’d been riding my boyfriend’s wheel all season, getting stronger, faster, and picking up tips and tricks from his racing days. I was just a week away from putting them to use in the iconic Green Mountain Stage Race, a grueling four-day event that climbs up and over Vermont’s steepest paved peaks. I was ready to go. And then I felt the lump.
When you’re 36 ye...
"Harsh, ugly, blue-tinted." Joshua Ward doesn’t pull any punches when he describes old-school LED lightbulbs. "Products that no one wanted," he concludes, explaining what led him to cofound Tala, the pioneering East London lighting company.
Nearly 500 miles from the high-rise apartment that Ralph Weigand and Maurício Uhle share in São Paulo sits a modest, prefabricated cabin, nestled deep in one of southern Brazil’s verdant forests.
[Created for the Boston Globe Media's BG BrandLab.]
East Burke, Vermont—just 40 miles south of the Canadian border—is the jewel box of the Northeast Kingdom. Crowned by Burke Mountain Resort and studded with numerous outdoor activities to keep you busy from sunrise to sunset, the tiny village is a destination where you can get away from it all, while simultaneously doing it all.
Founded by J.W. French on the banks of the St. Joseph River in southwest Michigan in 1871, French Paper is one of the last small, independent paper mills in America—and one of the few still owned and run by the same family. "When I tell people I’m a paper salesman, the first thing they say is, ‘Didn’t the internet kill that job?’" jokes Brian French, J.W.’s great-great-great grandson.
Few concepts have dominated our collective imagination as stubbornly as the flying automobile. It’s an enduring fantasy—one that is born as soon as we’re old enough to give lift to our Hot Wheels.
Now, we may finally be on the cusp of making our flying dreams a reality. This fall, Uber Elevate—the division of the ride-sharing company that heads up research and development for its airborne ventures—is opening an Advanced Technologies Center in Paris and planning to invest $23 million over the ...
Two short, quickly scribbled words nearly put an end to the Aplomb before the hanging lamp even reached the prototype stage: "Non fare." Italian shorthand for, "It cannot be done."
That fateful sentence is scrawled across the bottom of a faded sheet of fax paper dated June 6, 2008, below an original drawing for the funnel-shaped pendant by Paolo Lucidi and Luca Pevere. The designers had approached master craftsman Giovanni Piccinelli about producing the design in concrete for Foscarini, a hig...
When artist and designer Rebecca Atwood picked up a wide, flat brush and started painting flowing indigo stripes in her sketchbook one day in late 2016, she wasn’t necessarily looking to create a new product for her Brooklyn-based home-textile studio, Rebecca Atwood Designs.
"I was just painting simple lines as a way to warm up and explore some ideas—just seeing what was happening with the paint that day," she says. "I loved the way it pooled and then stretched as the brush dragge...
Oil is no longer the bankroll it once was. As some people wring their hands about it, a few thoughtful outdoorists think they have a way to ensure the 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline remains the state’s economic backbone.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is 800 miles long. Built mostly between 1974 and 1977, it stretches from the Arctic Sea to the Pacific, uniting the towns of Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, crossing three mountain ranges and 34 major waterways along the way. At its peak in 1988, the 48-inch ...