Life & Times

Wikipedia/Marie-Lan Nguyen 
While working with traumatized veterans, Jonathan Shay realized that some of their ordeals were mirrored in “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” written nearly 3,000 years ago. Pictured, this head from a Roman period Hellenistic marble group depicts Odysseus, a character in both works.

'A betrayal of what's right': Combat trauma expert focuses on ‘moral injury’ of war

Friday, March 27, 2015

“I haven’t really slept for 20 years. I lie down, but I don’t sleep. I’m always watching the door, the window, then back to the door. I get up at least five times to walk ... sometimes it’s 10 or 15 times. There’s always something within reach, maybe a baseball bat or a knife, at every door. I used to sleep with a gun under my pillow, another under my mattress, and another in the drawer next to the bed. You made me get rid of them when I came into the program here. They’re over at my mother’s, so I know I can get … 0

With ranks of suicidal vets swelling, crisis hotline offers help

Friday, March 27, 2015

By MEG JONES Milwaukee Journal MILWAUKEE — Despondent over a breakup, the caller admitted he had relapsed into drug abuse and was afraid he’d lose his job as a long-haul trucker. He no longer wanted to live. From her office in the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Karen Gage listened to him pour out … 0

A MEETING OF THE MINDS

Friday, March 20, 2015

The package arrived mid-December, just as the boxes of presents from my more forward-thinking relatives began to arrive. It was addressed in the square, neat printing of a designer or architect. Inside the plain, brown wrapping was what felt like a stack of slim books wrapped again in a big sheet of white … 0

Book review: ‘The Nightingale Bones’ by Ariel Swan

Friday, March 20, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “The Nightingale Bones” by Ariel Swan (Bell Bridge Books, 256 pages, $14.95) In “The Nightingale Bones” Ariel Swan of Greenfield has woven a supernatural tale that will keep readers riveted. The … 0

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — … 0

Between the Rows: Water in the garden

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beverley Nichols was one of my favorite authors when I was younger and spent a lot of time reading English garden books. He is wonderfully witty (the British are never merely funny) and I can certainly identify with … 0

Look ma, no soil! Gardening with air, water, fish fertilizer

Friday, March 27, 2015

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Who needs soil to sow a sustainable garden? You can cultivate plants in mid-air, float them in mineral-enriched water or add nutrients for an organic harvest by using your own fish for the … 0

Bring your old apple tree back to its glory

Friday, March 27, 2015

By LEE REICH Associated Press A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly reaching out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, are more often than not too small, too high and too … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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 … 0

Speaking of Nature: Craving some color

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Anyone who lives in the northern Temperate Zone is familiar with the feeling. Winter is wonderful when it arrives. It is a fantastic change from the chill of late autumn with its gusting, snowless winds. I mean, why … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Many hands ...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I know what it takes to plan big community events. So, I knew it was a tough decision for the Diemand family to CANCEL this year’s Diemand Farm Easter Egg Hunt. While Diemand Farm does not have avian influenza, recent outbreaks in the western and central U.S. mean … 0

Blue Plate Special: Breakfast at Maple House in Rowe

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder More than two decades ago, when Rebecca Bradley was living in eastern Massachusetts, she told her husband Michael, “All I want for Christmas is a cross-country ski vacation ... with no … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Juanita Nelson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’ve been thinking a lot about Juanita Nelson since she died on March 9. I’ve laughed, remembering fun times with Juanita, and cried, realizing I won’t be able to laugh with her again. I know I’m only one of many people here and across the … 0