Boston is a good sized city — a population of 680,000 — but small enough so you can get to know almost all of it. A large proportion of the citizenry of Boston and neighboring Cambridge is made of college and university students, giving much of the city a youthful feel. At the same time, it’s one of the oldest cities, with a history going back close to 1620. After the horrific attack on the crowd at this year’s marathon, Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen told NPR’s Melissa Block , “We only care about three things in this town. Sports, politics and revenge! And the revenge will be the laughter of our children. We are not going anywhere.” The photo of the flag at half mast was taken in an ordinary parking lot on this ordinary day, far from the terrible scene in Boston, but bearing witness to it.
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The World Happiness Report, released by the United Nations, ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity. This year, Finland is first, followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland, followed by Netherlands, Canada,New Zealand, Sweden, Australia. The United States, which has never been in the top ten, silpped down four places from last year and is now 18th. President Trump may make American Great Again, but apparently not happier.