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

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

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

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 11, 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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Beyond Coleslaw

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My grandfather’s last name was Dobrzensky, but when I was growing up, we didn’t live close to his family or a Polish community. Actually, I didn’t grow up near communities related to any parts of my ethnic heritage. My other grandfather’s background was Northern Irish, and my grandmothers … 0

Easing back into: push-ups

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

As the temperature turns, gym parking lots start looking a little fuller. Worse, the post-holiday rush is near, when New Year’s resolutions will begin to conflict with seasonal overindulgence. From a physical therapist’s perspective, slow and steady wins … 0

You are here: Using a compass to find your way

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hiking is hard enough without stopping to consult a bunch of paper and magnets. But the hassle of a compass and map could save you the hassle of calling 911, then waiting around to flag down irritated search-and-rescuers … 0

Between the Rows: In the Hundred Acre Wood

Friday, October 23, 2015

Winnie-the-Pooh and I did not become acquainted until I was an adult and read what had become literary classics, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, to my young children. I had known of the books, of course, … 0