How holiday cards help us cope with a not-so-merry year, according to a professor of comedy

A colorful vintage cartoon greeting card depicts a caricature of a soldier receiving a message from the ‘Pigeon Express’. Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Matthew McMahan, Emerson College The first Christmas card was, perhaps predictably, one of good cheer. The concept is commonly credited to Sir Henry Cole, the founder of the Victoria and Albert


Opinion: New Realities That Aren’t So New

Six months into various versions of lockdown, I am still processing my new realities, and sometimes with humor.  For example: —On my trip to Costco, my grocery checkout was quick, but the line at the liquor store wrapped around and outside the entrance. Yes, our imbibing has outflanked our ingesting. —“Zoom” is no longer used

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