To take part in a “Conversation with Hillary” at a home in Chestnut Hill on June 10, three days before the Clinton campaign’s official launch in New York, attendees are asked to pay $2,700 per person. For the “Conversation with Hillary” earlier that day in Boston, a “Friend” of the campaign can attend for as little s $1,000.

I don’t have a problem with this kind of fundraising at all. But for the love of Charlie Brown, the problem here is that she calls other folks the spawn of Satan for doing the same thing. Good Grief!! - br

Notes from the Vineyard II.

It felt as if time had stopped, and with the exception of a brand new litter of Goldens, things were precisely as I remembered them.

From the strawberry patterned runner on the kitchen table, to the turquoise Schwinn leaning against the porch railing, to the brass key tucked under the doormat, to the ever present scent of bread baking in the oven, if any place other than home could feel like home, this rambling old B&B in Chilmark is the closest I’ve ever come.

It’s why I came back, and why I know I’ll keep coming back. Because there are times a body longs for familiarity in lieu of adventure, when autopilot beats charting new territory, when a bike ride to the beach trumps waitress service at the pool, and a slightly lumpy featherbed feels exponentially more heavenly than the pillow top in a five star hotel ever could.

How ironic that life unplugged can be the most effective way to recharge.


Salt House Inn - Provincetown, MA, USA

Designed with the tech-savvy traveler in mind, Salt House Inn in Provincetown, Massachusetts sets the tone for a new breed of bed and breakfasts. Housed in a characterful 19th-century building, the guesthouse features 15 individually styled rooms, all decorated in a chic cottage theme. Each unit has its own airy spa-like bathroom and displays an interesting mix of vintage art and modern technology. To complement your stay, fresh and scrumptious breakfast treats are served every morning in the guesthouse’s charming Breakfast Room.

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Woman fights medical marijuana firing

(BostonGlobe) Cristina Barbuto was thrilled when she landed her new marketing job last year.

Her delight quickly evaporated when she was fired after her first day because a drug test revealed marijuana use. She lost her job even though she’d disclosed during her interview that she takes the drug, with a doctor’s legal permission, to ease the symptoms of a digestive disorder.

Now, the 34-year-old Brewster woman is fighting for her right to use medical marijuana at home and not be fired for it. Her lawyers on Friday filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination over her termination — a case that is believed to be the first of its kind in the state involving marijuana and employment, an agency spokesman said.

“This is something that needs to change,” Barbuto said. “I don’t want people to fear looking for these types of jobs and be humiliated because of this.”

With marijuana now legal for medical use in Massachusetts and 22 other states and the District of Columbia, the question of how workplaces deal with such use — especially drug screening tests for employment — has become a thorny, and far from settled, issue.