Life & Times

Recorder reporter David Rainville has a moment of unsteadiness on cross country skis while coming down a small hill towards a Recorder photographer. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Leg work

Friday, February 27, 2015

Growing up an avid alpine skier, I used to watch middle-aged folks mush along the flats on cross-country skis and think “boy, that looks easy.” When I clicked into a pair of cross-country skis earlier this month, I found my earlier sentiments completely unfounded. Photographer Micky Bedell and I went to Stump Sprouts in Hawley to learn to cross-country ski. … 0

Between the Rows: Gardening for butterflies

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bill Benner is a man with many strings to his bow, but they all play tunes of the natural world and its fragility. He will be talking about the natural world, climate change and the impact it has on our own part of Massachusetts at Greenfield Community College’s Senior Symposium on March 10. … 0

‘Hurricane Island’ offers tense mix of political critique, gripping narrative

Friday, February 27, 2015

“Hurricane Island” by Ellen Meeropol (Red Hen Press, 314 pages, $16.95) I’m not really a thriller reader. Nevertheless, I have to admit that I read the political thriller “Hurricane Island” in one day. This second novel by Ellen Meeropol of Easthampton is so packed with suspense that it converted me to the genre, … 0

‘Fishing Dogs’ afloat with humor

Saturday, February 21, 2015

“Fishing Dogs” by Raymond Coppinger (Skyhorse Publishing, 217 pages, $19.95) It is not easy to sustain a joke through an entire book. Happily, Raymond Coppinger of Montague keeps his far-fetched premise going with grace and fun in … 0

Savoring the Seasons: A week of Winter Fare (What I learned)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK As I prepare my shopping list for this Saturday’s Greenfield Winter Farmers Market, I’m thinking about all I’ve learned from Winter Fare over the years. Before the first Winter Fare Farmers Market on Groundhog Day of 2008, I had never swapped food in a barter … 0

Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market at a glance

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market At A Glance Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St. Credit cards and EBT/SNAP benefits accepted. Double your money! Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) will match the first $10 spent by SNAP users, so $10 … 0

'Why not?': Franklin Tech's Mackenzie Coburn is a force to be reckoned with on the mat

Friday, February 13, 2015

The wrestler smiles on the inside to himself. As his opponent walks toward the center of the mat to shake his hand prior to the bout, he is busy sizing things up. This match should be easy. There … 0

Between the Rows: Cold, snowy weather the perfect time to read and plan

Friday, February 13, 2015

With all the bad weather I’ve been happy to sit by the woodstove and read two new books from St. Lynn’s Press. “Garden-pedia: An A to Z Guide to Gardening Terms” by Paula Bennett and Maria Zampini ($16.95 … 0

Book Review: Sandra Boston’s memoir “Out of Bounds” sends messages to her descendants

Friday, February 13, 2015

“Out of Bounds” by Sandra Boston (Booksmyth Press, 314 pages, $14.99) Sandra Boston of Greenfield states at the outset of her new memoir that she is writing to a great extent for her descendants, to give them … 0

Stalking success with tofu noir

Friday, February 6, 2015

The “musty odor of soybeans cooking” wafts through the factory as the American Tofu Factory chugs on ... even as one of the workers has been found upside down in a giant tank of soybeans. That’s the first … 0

Photos for the Frozen: 2015 Amateur Photo Contest

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOTOS FOR THE FROZEN is held annually in conjunction with Greenfield’s Winter Carnival, which is Feb. 6 through Feb. 8 this year. There is no charge to enter the contest, but the photographers must be amateurs and the … 0

‘Yesterday’ a poem by Nick Fleck

Friday, February 6, 2015

Yesterday I came to a clearing. The trail — an old tote road — I rambled without bearing. The way unhallowed passed through birch, through beech and oak where once farm folk were neither poor nor rich. The woods a skin of snow and sunlit. The straight lines … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Nick Fleck

Friday, February 6, 2015

Northfield poet Nick Fleck walks in the woods a lot, both here in Franklin County and in untamed areas around Moosehead Lake in Maine. His poem “Yesterday” recounts a surprise encounter with a deer while walking a “tote … 0