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Life & Times

It takes a village to write a history book

Friday, July 24, 2015

“You can’t swing a cat in this town without hitting several other writers and editors,” says Chris Jerome, in a chapter from Ashfield’s latest best seller: “History of the Town of Ashfield, Volume III, 1960 - 2010.” Jerome is a former New England Monthly magazine editor who moved to Ashfield many years ago with her late husband, author John Jerome. … 0

‘Moore’s Law’ tells of difficult, brilliant tech czar

Friday, July 24, 2015

“Moore’s Law” by Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock, and Rachel Jones (Basic Books, 560 pages, $35) Not having heard before of Moore’s law, I have been surprised in the last couple of weeks to discover how many of my friends and neighbors are familiar with this business dictum. The “law” was formulated in … 0

Between the Rows: Flooding forces a backyard break

Friday, July 24, 2015

The day after we planted all our water-tolerant shrubs Greenfield was inundated by torrential rains. I was told over three inches of rain fell the afternoon and evening of July 7. We knew that our Greenfield house had a wet backyard and after planting nine shrubs, we were fully aware of the heavy … 0

Speaking of Nature: A fly with no name

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So there I was, standing in the delightfully cool conditions of an early-July morning, waiting for a butterfly. This, it seems, is a theme when dealing with butterflies. Easy to see, they are (in my opinion) inflicted with … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 29, 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Lessons from Mom and Dad

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I’ve been remembering things I learned or inherited from Mom and Dad. It’s that brief, delicious season when local apricots are available from Clarkdale Fruit Farms and Apex Orchards. I’m savoring their sweetness and remembering picking apricots and making jam and chutney with Mom when I was a … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Farm-to-table luncheon, workshop at Bug Hill Farm Saturday, Aug. 1. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 2. A farm-to-table luncheon and workshop, with guest chef Didi Emmons and food writer Odessa Piper, will be held at Bug Hill Farm, 502 Bug Hill Road, Ashfield. A … 0

Classic Korean pancakes go easily from street food to dinner

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mung beans have been a staple of the cuisines of India, China, Korea and Southeast Asia for thousands of years. And with good reason. They are a delicious and healthy source of protein and fiber. In the U.S., … 0

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked … 0

When it comes to grilling, why choose?

Friday, July 17, 2015

For years, I have only used charcoal grills. I was a briquette snob. I snubbed my nose at those who went the way of the propane tank. But as the years rolled by and I kept burning through … 0

Between the Rows: The path to a new backyard

Friday, July 17, 2015

My husband Henry and I stood outside the back of our new Greenfield house. Each of us was clutching a different custom garden design prepared for us by Home Outside Palette, Julie Moir Messervy’s newest service to help … 0

Krav Maga: ‘Quick, effective, deadly’

Friday, July 10, 2015

“Empty your pockets, give me all of it!” screams the man in the olive-colored shirt, pointing a small handgun directly at Tracey Schryba of Colrain. “Everything, now!” Beads of sweat speckling his face, Schryba slowly backs a few … 0

The wood-bat league: The Valley Blue Sox compete just down the road

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Under cotton candy skies, plumes of white smoke hang low over grills, filling the air with the unmistakable smells of summer’s spoils. Children ranging in age from toddlers to preteens laugh as they run up and down a … 0