Life & Times

the whole pizza Recorder/Paul Franz

Slice of life

Friday, October 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: We recognize that pizza and opinions about pizza are serious business in Franklin County. The pizza shop featured here was chosen for its proximity to the reporter’s home and relevant delivery service. Neither endorsements nor negative reviews of any pizza shops should be inferred by this choice or the omission of other area shops. It should be noted … 0

The lens of war: "The Draft" tells the stories of how western Mass. people responded to the Vietnam War

Friday, September 25, 2015

It’s been 50 years since the first U.S. combat troops set foot in Vietnam and 40 years since that war ended. But younger generations don’t realize how the U.S. military draft profoundly changed young people’s lives in the late 1960s, mandating two years of military service from men whose numbers were called by … 0

Hot Rod Dreams

Friday, September 18, 2015

There’s a special bond between a car and its owner. And for every relationship, there’s a story to tell. Does the chrome — decayed or restored — bring back teenage memories of the time you left skid marks on the side of the road taking that turn a little too fast showing off … 0

Savoring the Seasons: All things garlic

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Where will you be this coming weekend? If you’re like me and thousands of our New England neighbors, you’ll be at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange. Love garlic? The Festival is clearly Garlic Central … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

17th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m., rain or shine Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange Arts, food, local products and, yes, lots of garlic! Arts include music, performance, spoken word, and dance on solar powered stages and … 0

DIY English muffins:Perfect nooks and crannies it worth the effort

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Jasper White, one of my favorite Boston-area chefs and an old friend, likes to tell a story about the time Julia Child insisted he make common crackers (the hard round crackers served with chowder in New England) from … 0

Protect yourself against toxoplasmosis

Monday, September 21, 2015

Have you considered being more afraid of animals? Whether eating them or owning them, you may be putting yourself at risk for toxoplasmosis. The Centers for Disease Control considers toxoplasmosis to be a leading cause of deaths attributed … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email 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

Between the Rows: fallscaping

Friday, September 18, 2015

It’s September and time to think about our fallscape. After the heat and riotous color of the summer garden, things can start to look a little tired, but we can include plantings that will bring fresh color and … 0

National Book Awards in fiction: the shortlist

Friday, September 18, 2015

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK — Novels by Lauren Groff and Bill Clegg and a story collection by Edith Pearlman are among the 10 nominees on the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards. Man … 0

Style at home

Friday, September 18, 2015

By MARY CAROL GARRITY Tribune News Service I get all goosey when I think of fall, with its dazzling display of colors, exhilarating cool days and, of course, fabulous food, from apple pie to turkey dinner. One of … 0

How do you get rid of old paint?

Friday, September 18, 2015

By STACI GIORDULLO Angie’s List (TNS) If you look in almost any homeowner’s garage, you’ll probably find a half-empty paint can or two. We know we can’t pour the leftover paint down the drain — which would contaminate … 0

Speaking of Nature: the spined macrothena

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

When I sat down at my computer to write this column on Sunday morning, I realized that I had absolutely nothing. To quote a line from Seinfeld, my mind was “as barren as the surface of the moon.” … 0