Tracee M. Herbaugh, Al Jazeera English

Tracee M. Herbaugh

Al Jazeera English

Boston, MA, United States

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Past articles by Tracee:

From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

Tracee Herbaugh's mother, Sharon, abandoned her when she was born, pursuing a career from which she never returned. → Read More

Learning to appreciate the grandmother who raised me, almost too late

Grandma was 91 and in poor health, yet her death still came as a shock and huge loss. That’s because my grandmother was a hybrid — Grandma but, really, more Mom. Grandma was my last anchor to the past, and I felt untethered. → Read More

Grave Gardeners: Volunteers help spiff up old cemeteries

The cemeteries of yore existed as much for the living as for the dead. People would picnic and relax there as they would in a park today. Now, a handful of 19th century graveyards are restoring the bygone tradition of cemetery gardening, enlisting volunteers to help keep things green and tidy. Amy Lambert, for instance, volunteers at The Woodlands, a cemetery near her apartment in Philadelphia.… → Read More

Grave Gardeners: Volunteers help spiff up old cemeteries

Gardening in a cemetery? An old tradition is being revived in some 19th century graveyards → Read More

Shopping to reduce food waste is easy on the wallet too

2 rules to reduce food waste: Eat what you have, and buy only what you need → Read More

Living in a 17th century house has its tradeoffs

Narrow stairways, bare walls, old-fashioned charm: Living in a 17th century house has its tradeoffs → Read More

'The Most Dangerous Branch' looks at the Supreme Court

"The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution" (Crown), by David A. Kaplan If Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings have inspired you to dig deeper into the intricacies of the nation's highest court, look no further than a new book devoted to the subject. David A. Kaplan's "The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the… → Read More

Small indoor greenhouses let apartment dwellers grow veggies

You don't need a green thumb to grow vegetables indoors. On the contrary, there are plenty of indoor greenhouses that take the work out of growing plants, from the amount of water they get to the right dosage of light. One of these indoor greenhouses - or automated growing systems, as they're referred to - was created by six engineering students at Rice University. Aside from planting the seeds,… → Read More

RFK's birthplace marking 50 years since his assassination

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) - Robert F. Kennedy's birthplace is opening its doors in somber remembrance of his assassination 50 years ago. The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site - named for Robert Kennedy's brother, President John F. Kennedy - is holding an exhibition on Robert Kennedy's life and offering neighborhood tours on Wednesday. The events coincide with the anniversary of Robert… → Read More

My mother abandoned me as a child. It took having kids of my own for me to forgive her.

We aren’t used to hearing that a woman left her baby to pursue highflying career dreams. → Read More

Beyond the plastic gate: Baby-proofing in style

It’s a headache known to many new parents: Suddenly, your stylish abode morphs into a menagerie of outlet covers and cabinet locks. → Read More

Books placed backward: art or nonsense?

Looking for an easy way to organize a messy bookshelf? You might consider turning all the spines backward. → Read More

Books placed backward: art or nonsense?

Looking for an easy way to organize a messy bookshelf? You might consider turning all the spines backward. Yes, the backward bookshelf is one of the easiest ways - albeit, not too functional - to clean up a hodgepodge of texts. It's also an interior design craze that's about as culturally divisive as national politics in America. Advocates tout the simplistic texture of the pages, while… → Read More

Easy, pretty and cool: Terrariums are back in style

At a crowded, downtown bar one recent Saturday night, the lights were dim, hip-hop music played and most everyone had a drink in hand. → Read More

Review: 'The Wedding Date' is light-hearted read

"The Wedding Date" (Berkley), by Jasmine Guillory If you've ever met someone and felt an instant connection, you're not alone. It happened to Alexa Monroe, who was visiting her out-of--town sister at San Francisco's Fairmont hotel. Shortly after she walked into the elevator, it stalled. Conversation ensued with the disabled lift's other rider, a hot doctor named Drew Nichols. This is the premise… → Read More

'Mothers of Sparta' looks at significant moments in life

"Mothers of Sparta: a Memoir in Pieces" (Flatiron Books), by Dawn Davies What's in a life? Forget celebrities and superstars, or Nobel Laureates and the like, the people who live in the realms of the extraordinary and exciting. On the contrary: What are the significant moments that make up the story of a regular person? "Mothers of Sparta: a Memoir in Pieces" by Dawn Davies answers this… → Read More

Review: 'American Wolf' explores clash over the gray wolf

"American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West" (Crown), by Nate Blakeslee As the reigning queen of Yellowstone National Park, O-Six roamed the picturesque Lamar Valley for years, escaping predators and scientists alike. O-Six was a regular celebrity, so to speak, drawing crowds of wolf-watchers from all over the world. Her presence on Facebook and in the news helped give an… → Read More

Book Review: Parenthood and tech meet in 'To Siri With Love'

"To Siri With Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son and the Kindness of Machines" (HarperCollins), by Judith Newman Technology has often gotten a bum rap for ushering humans into their own private microcosms. But writer Judith Newman has a different take on the matter. Her teenage son, Gus, who is on the autism spectrum disorder, has developed a friendship with Siri, the personal assistant for the… → Read More

Mantel masterpiece moves from rubbish pile to the MFA

When interior designer Heidi Pribell spotted a dust-covered mantelpiece in the basement of a client’s newly purchased home, it was the start of a long relationship. → Read More

Metallica guitarist's monster movie posters go on display

[...] a new exhibit is showcasing a different side of the rocker, his passion for sci-fi and horror films. The exhibit which opens Saturday at the Peabody Essex Museum features 135 works owned by the heavy metal musician, including some Hammett says have inspired his music. Classic Horror and Sci-fi art from the Kirk Hammett Collection, said although the posters may have played a supporting role… → Read More