August 29, 2014 / 3rd of Elul, 5774
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Molly Parr

  • This fall I am featuring all three Jewish gubernatorial candidates in this column. This week I speak with State Treasurer Steve Grossman about his candidacy and how his Judaism informs his politics. The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

    Why are you running for governor?

    We have a moral imperative to build a community that leaves no one behind. Right now we have 200,000 residents out of work; 200,000 people having only part-time wor...

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  • Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Lyons has spent more than a decade on his film, “Steve Ross: Giving Back to America,” about Holocaust survivor Steve Ross. (Steve is also the father of Four Questions friend Mike Ross.) Roger is 90 percent of the way there and has a Jewcer campaign (think Kickstarter) to fund him the rest of the way. I talked to him about his project and how the television industry has changed since he began the film. His Jewcer campaign runs through Friday, Aug. 22....

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  • Is creativity a product of the “lone genius”? Not necessarily, writes Joshua Wolf Shenk in his new book, “Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs.” This week I had the chance to ask Joshua about his bold new theory, plus his favorite Beatles song. If you’re curious to find out more, and why on earth I’m asking about the Fab Four, check him out in person next Monday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books.

    We’ve always hear...

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  • As we enter the tail end of summer, I jumped at the opportunity to talk skin protection with Diana Broulliard, who just opened Dream Spa Medical in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner. The verdict: apply, reapply, reapply. And wear a floppy hat!

    It’s summer, which means bright sunshine all day long. Nowadays we hear how dangerous the sun can be for our skin. What’s your best advice for skin protection for someone who’s going to be outside during the day?

    Keep ...

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  • With August nearly upon us, I thought it best to chat with a local artisan ice cream maker. It turns out Kasey Fechtor has more than just a pint of fresh, homemade ice cream up her sleeve. I spoke with the budding pastry chef about her route from the world of advertising to the kitchen, and what a day in the life of a pastry chef looks like.

    Let me get this straight: You worked in advertising, but now you’re a pastry chef and make ice cream? How did that happen?


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  • If you’ve grabbed a meal downtown or off a food truck and didn’t pay with cash or a card, there’s a good chance Seth Priebatsch had a hand in that purchase. Seth’s invention, LevelUp, has changed the way we pay for things. I asked him how it all works and the future of paying for stuff with our phones.

    What’s LevelUp and how does it work?

    LevelUp is the easiest way to pay with your phone at your favorite local businesses and save. Basically ...

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  • Artist and art therapist Tova Speter’s work can be seen throughout the world. I was lucky enough to chat with her about her murals and how the process of making them brings communities together.

    I discovered you because I walked by a mural in Cambridge and was struck by what I saw. On closer inspection I realized the artist was named “Tova,” and I was excited that I might have the chance to feature you in this column. I had no idea your murals can be found throughout the worl...

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  • Rachel Ament’s mother has a lot to be proud of. Her daughter just edited “The Jewish Daughter Diaries: True Stories of Being Loved Too Much By Our Moms.” It’s a hilarious and enthralling collection of 27 essays about Jewish mothers written by some of the most compelling Jewish female voices out there. I had a chance to chat with Rachel about why she wrote the book and how often she calls her mother.

    Why did you put this book together?

    One night, when a...

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  • Photo credit: Union Square Donuts

    It’s getting harder and harder for me to conduct these interviews in person. But when the person I’m supposed to be interviewing makes the best donuts in Boston, I make an exception! This week I chat with Josh Danoff, the man behind Union Square Donuts. We talked shop, and yes, he did save me a donut (or two).

    So how many donuts do you make each day?

    It depends. We’re open right now Thursdays and Fridays and on we...

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  • Justin Kittredge has customized sandals for Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, and he can customize ones just for you, too! I chatted with him about his company, ISlide, how basketball has changed his life and the Celtics’ chances for next year.

    Can you describe ISlide? Do I need to be an athlete to use your product?

    ISlide is the only premium custom slide company in the world. For those who don’t know the term “slide,” it’s another way to s...

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I live in Lower Allston with my husband, Rich, our daughter, Lilli, and our cat, Rooster. I work in the development department at the Perkins School for the Blind. You may have read my words (sometimes under my maiden name, Shaffer) in Jewish publications, including The Manhattan Sentinel, The Long Island Jewish World, The Jewish News of Western Massachusetts, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal Boston-North, The Jewish Voice & Herald of Rhode Island, InterfaithFamily,, or my personal blog, Cheap Beets.

Latest Comments

So glad this has worked out for you Kasey! You have to come by the agency and let us try some of those new ice creams!
Four Questions with Kasey Fechtor, Pastry Chef and Artisan Ice Cream Maker
This is fantastic Kasey! How great to use all of your marketing skills for a venture that you love! I understand completely and I'm so happy for you!
Four Questions with Kasey Fechtor, Pastry Chef and Artisan Ice Cream Maker