Life & Times

Recorder/Micky Bedell 
Lilin Tseng of Heath made this doll of herself, which is posed here with some of her felted dog dolls. Along the top of this page are her felted portraits of pets, which include hair from the animal depicted.

Felted friends

Friday, December 12, 2014

Captain Jack came into Lilin Tseng’s life at just the right time. The Heath doll maker, painter and sculptor, who loves animals, was searching for a hypo allergenic dog after learning she was allergic to most breeds. First, she looked for the right pet through local dog-rescuers and area shelters; but eventually Tseng was directed online to “Shaggy Dog Rescue” in Texas, where she found the right dog for adoption, a terrier mixed breed. According to Tseng, the Houston, Texas-based Shaggy Dog Rescue saved the dog just an hour before he was scheduled to be euthanized. He was brought to New England by a pet … 0

Dave Barry’s Gift Guide

Friday, December 5, 2014

The holidays are a super-busy time of year, and it’s too easy, with all the hustle and bustle, to forget about what this season is really all about. So we will remind you: It’s about purchasing high-tech consumer devices at retail. This is a tradition that dates back to the Nativity, as we … 0

Up and down the contra line

Friday, November 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of series of occasional features in which staff reporter Kathleen McKiernan writes about her experiences learning new skills; hence its name: “The Newbie.” As I faced the line of dozens of dancers, I felt I was in the middle of a new-age Jane Austen novel and about to … 1

Speaking of Nature: the sora

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The green months of summer are joyous times for birders. These are the months of plenty; the months when the cornucopia of avian life runneth over. Birds of every description can be found almost everywhere you look and … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in Western Massachusetts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A black-headed gull was found Sunday in Hadley. A Barrow’s goldeneye, three canvasbacks and a red-necked grebe were seen at Turners Falls. … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Blue Plate Special: A new take on beef bourguignon? The Gypsy Apple Bistro’s got it covered

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder One of our area’s smallest restaurants is also one of its best. The Gypsy Apple Bistro in Shelburne Falls has room for only 20 diners, plus 12 on its diminutive patio … 0

Savoring the Seasons: After all, everyone eats ...!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I worked at World Eye Bookshop years ago, the last week before Christmas was when people wandered in searching for gifts for the hard-to-get-gifts-for people on their holiday shopping lists. We loved the fun challenge of helping them figure out something they would enjoy … 0

Between the Rows: Gifts for the gardener

Friday, December 12, 2014

I have never thought it very hard to find gifts for the gardener. After all, what does a gift say? I love you? I understand you? I want you to enjoy your days? I want your dreams to … 0

Thanksgiving, the ulitimate potluck

Friday, November 21, 2014

By JEANMARIE BROWNSON Chicago Tribune Long gone are the days of one person cooking the whole Thanksgiving dinner. These days, many guests volunteer to bring a part of the meal, for a bunch of reasons — special diets … 0

Speaking of Nature: Screech owl

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It was early in the morning. Actually it was too early in the morning. I had been sound asleep, dreaming of nothing that I can remember at the moment, but something was reaching down into that comfortable place … 0

Trail Mix: Western Massachusetts nature activities

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The gift of local food

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s that time, when many of us think about gifts we’ll give by the end of the year. For me, that includes mailing gifts to friends in Seattle, California, and Antarctica, and to my sister in Australia. I won’t tell you what I’m sending because … 0