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Life & Times

Among the Quabbin’s attractions are beautiful shorelines, miles and miles of old roads to explore and abundant wildlife, much of it not easily alarmed by humans since hunting in the area is mostly prohibited. These pictures were taken at various times last year. Recorder/Paul Franz

Life & Times: Walking the Quabbin

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring is awakening on the Quabbin. The scent of wet earth, the gentle song of the chickadee and the scream of the bluejay are just a few signs. The trails that dot the north end, many of which are located in or just outside of Franklin County, are still a little wet — you may have to hop a puddle … 1

Taking flight in Charlemont

Friday, April 10, 2015

I stood high in a tree at the edge of a platform, my toes over the edge like a surfer hanging 10, looking out at waves of fall foliage. Then, I took a step forward. Gravity took over, and I began to pick up speed. There was no turning back. Luckily, my full-body … 0

'Aberfan': one woman's elegy for a Welsh village's young disaster victims

Friday, April 3, 2015

Heavy rains had fallen for days on Aberfan, in the Mether Vale district of Wales, in late October 1966. But they’d stopped by the time the young schoolchildren from around the mining village walked to Pantglas Junior School the morning of Friday, Oct. 21. By 9:15, the pupils — the boys in their … 0

'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 … 1

Between the Rows: Cutting Garden — annuals

Friday, April 17, 2015

I have always dreamed about having a cutting garden that would enable me to give out endless bouquets to all my friends. One good thing about a cutting garden is that it is not designed to look beautiful … 0

How much does a swimming pool really cost?

Friday, April 17, 2015

If you’re thinking about adding a swimming pool to your backyard, then chances are the cost of the project is a top concern. Asking a local pool company how much a project will cost, however, is like asking … 0

Hairy potters

Friday, April 17, 2015

TNS Give your loved ones living hairdos with a craft that’s simple to make (and simply silly). 1. Select a glazed ceramic, plastic, or metal planter with smooth, straight sides. 2. Print a family member’s photo, enlarged so … 0

Save money on tub/shower problems

Friday, April 17, 2015

By ED DEL GRANDE Tribune News Service Q: Hi Ed, I have an older tub and shower unit with problems. First, the rusted chrome valve trim, tub spout and handle all need to be replaced. Second, the tub drain lever does not work and water will not stay … 0

Speaking of Nature: The American Kestrel

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One of the most frustrating things about being a nature photographer is how often you can see a fairly common species and still have no real chance of getting a photo of it. It makes perfect sense that … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 15, 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

Savoring the seasons: More ways to enjoy parsnips!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last Wednesday, while bagging groceries at Green Fields Market as part of my co-op member worker hours, I enjoyed working alongside the friendly market staff and chatting with friends and people I’ve never met. We talked a lot about Winter Moon’s wonderful spring dug parsnips that I’d written … 0

Speaking of Nature: Canada goose

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Before I get started on this week’s column, I just want to run through some of the arrivals that have occurred in the last week. On Friday, April 3, the tree swallows and eastern phoebes showed up. I … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 8, 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