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Photo courtesy of Julie Abramson
 Julie Abramson’s garden in Northampton.

Between the Rows: Julie’s Shade Garden

Friday, September 4, 2015

Like so many of us, Julie Abramson never had much interest in her mother’s garden when she was young, but over the years she has tended three very different gardens of her own. Her first garden in Albany was cheerful. “I was inexperienced, but this garden was very floriferous. I knew nothing about trees and shrubs,” she told me as … 0

Faith Matters: The challenge and the life

Friday, September 4, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this … 0

Speaking of Nature: Queen Anne’s lace

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wildflowers have been the focus of my kids’ columns this summer. In July, I introduced readers to hawkweed, a gorgeous orange-flowered plant in the composite family. In August, I switched families and took a look at the cow vetch plant. This purple-flowered beauty is a member of the pea family. Finally, to wrap … 0

Tail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 2, 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

American Reckoning: UMass professor’s book looks at the tangled legacy of the Vietnam War

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christian Appy jokes that, to many of the students who take his class about the Vietnam War, the long struggle seems almost like “ancient history.” But as the University of Massachusetts Amherst history professor sees it, the Vietnam … 0

Just Try It: If you only do one stretch, do this one

Monday, August 24, 2015

“My number one thing that I push on absolutely everyone is basically a physically active lifestyle,” says personal trainer Noah Harrison. That’s the big picture, everyone’s advice. On top of that Harrison recommends stretching, and if he has … 0

What’SUP?

Friday, August 21, 2015

The first time Wendy Dellert of Colrain saw anything resembling a stand-up paddle board was in Maui, Hawaii, many years ago. “It was more of a ‘knee board’ and people were paddling with their hands,” she remembers. This … 0

Help us spread the news about food & farms

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Kids cooking class Using a cider press and local apples, kids will make their own fresh apple cider. Saturday, Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon Cost: $250 per child, includes instruction, recipes to take home, lunch, and complimentary lunch for one accompanying parent. Space is limited, reservations are … 0

Fresh tomato sauce

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tomato lovers wait for this moment all year, that moment when the plants in the garden are struggling under the weight of those gorgeous red (or yellow or orange or even green) orbs, and the tables at the … 0

Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, seat size

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane’s seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday. Hotels should also be required … 0

Between the Rows: Autumnal Arrangements

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Heath Fair is over. Facebook is full of photos of kids going off to college and kindergarten for the first time. You can hardly get into the supermarkets for the ranks of rigidly potted containers of mums … 0

Presto change-o!: Rediscovering magic helps Ed Cope transform into Ed the Wizard

Friday, August 14, 2015

“In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.” — Dumbledore One. Two Three. “Alakazam!” Four young volunteers have spent the last 10 minutes collectively choosing a pair of colored stickers, a pair of colored markers, and … 0

Speaking of Nature: Bill discovers a real head tern-er

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Standing at the edge of Malibu Lagoon, I was hypnotized by birds. Double-crested cormorants were perched on a large tangle of driftwood, snowy egrets were hunting in the shallows and common terns were flying overhead. All of these … 0