Life & Times

Khalif (Big-Chief) Neville, left, and his father Charles Neville, of The Neville Brothers, Wednesday in Huntington.

Home made with music: Charles Neville and his son Khalif are just two of the stars in a family universe of musicians

Friday, November 27, 2015

Out in the wilds of Huntington, saxophone lines wind around the bare trees of late fall. The reedy notes emanate from a yurt beside Charles Neville’s house. The small, round interior is lined with tie-dyed banners, which Neville got while touring with a Grateful Dead-style jam band. His son Khalif, 19, sits nearby at a keyboard, listening. The yurt used … 0

Between the Rows: Root vegetables and cellars

Friday, November 27, 2015

Our Thanksgiving table will include Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, beets, parsnips and carrots. Even the Pilgrims might have had some of these vegetables at the first Thanksgiving. Root vegetables were an important part of the food supply in Europe before canning and freezing were available. Root vegetables were harvested in the … 0

Neighbors nourishing neighbors

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I was thrilled last week to receive a lovely handwritten note from Elaine Abrahamson and a recipe from Tom Novack. Elaine said, “You are going to enjoy this recipe! Tom and I are in our 60’s and he remembers his great-grandmother always having this dish on hand. Back then, it was flavorful AND inexpensive. MY family never ate this, so I had no … 0

You’ll wonder how you lived without gougeres

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

So we give you blue cheese and mushroom cheese gougeres. Or just call them cheese puffs; they’re delicious no matter what you call them. They’re basically dough balls studded with chopped mushrooms and crumbled blue cheese. They are … 0

The enduring mystery of a lost World War II airman

Friday, November 6, 2015

Four days after Christmas last year I received a phone call from the assistant clerk at Northbridge Town Hall. Located in central Massachusetts, it’s my hometown and a place my parents had moved from 35 years ago. The … 0

Between the Rows: A new cookbook for apple lovers

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fall is a season of thanksgiving. One of the blessings of the season is a good harvest and this year there has been a spectacular apple harvest — indeed a spectacular fruit harvest of almost every kind. I gave thanks and celebrated with Amy Traverso, author of the … 0

Friends offer community music lessons from their home

Friday, November 20, 2015

A songbird whistling in a nearby tree, the faint hum purring through the lips of a nearby stranger and the heavy drum beat pulsating through the speakers of the car in your rearview mirror aren’t just everyday ambient … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What do I do with ... ?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

One of the many things I love about writing this column is being something of a community clearinghouse for information about enjoying locally grown food. Often, over the years, friends and people-I’ve-just-met have asked me “What do I … 0

Back to basics 2: Working into working out with pull-ups

Monday, November 16, 2015

Jumping back into chin-ups is a good way to psych yourself out of working out if you haven’t tried in a while and find you can’t do many, or any. This falls under the first part of Greenfield … 0

Barre classes are ‘on point’ for core fitness seekers

Monday, November 16, 2015

I never took a single ballet class as a girl, despite my whining, and while I got over that, I still can’t ignore the allure of long, graceful muscles and good posture, which are the sweet promises behind … 0

Between the Rows: Living with a sycamore

Friday, November 6, 2015

One of the blessings of our new Greenfield house is the tall and majestic American sycamore which gives the front of the house shade and helps cool it in summer. My husband, Henry, and I have never had … 0

It’s time for scary stories

Friday, October 30, 2015

The floorboards gave a shrill creak as a heavy booted foot landed upon them. From his hiding place under the bed, the young boy watched as the second foot followed and a hulking figure entered his bedroom. Shaking, … 0

Kids & Critters: The red-breasted nuthatch

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I looked through my records and discovered that I’ve focused on plants for the past four months. Since the summer growing season is behind us now, which means most plants are starting to die back or go dormant, … 0