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A Mother's Day without mom

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin May 12, 2013 07:43 AM

I don't remember the last Mother's Day I shared with my mother. I was a senior at Boston College. I'm sure my family did something together, maybe a brunch or a dinner. I'm sure I called her. But I just don't recall the details.

One month later, I was anxiously waiting in a hospital room. And I heard the word no one wants to hear: cancer. My family knew her fate from the moment the diagnosis was uttered. We kept our relentless hope because she did, but my mom would succumb to the disease before seeing another Mother's Day. In nine months, stomach cancer took her life.

For those of us who are without mom on Mother's Day, it can be one of the most difficult days of the year. It's like being single on Valentine's Day: there are sad reminders everywhere.

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Not banned in Boston: Check in to these pet-friendly hotels

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin May 1, 2013 07:00 AM

With spring finally here and summer around the corner, the annual travel rush will soon be on. You certainly don't need to leave your dog or cat--or even your ferret--at home when you come to Boston.

Boston hotels have become some of the most pet-friendly in the nation. No matter where you stay in the city, there is a hotel to accommodate the needs of your four-legged friend.

Pets are part of the family. Modern travelers have evolved far beyond simply finding hotels that allow pets. They now wish to ensure that their best friends receive an experience as pampered as their own. There is even a list of ideal locations to vacation with your pet.

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