Life & Times

Bill Danielson photo
This photo shows the delicate white Queen Anne’s Lace “flower” with a couple red blossoms in the center. The inset shows how the shape of the flower changes when it starts to produce seeds (the reason the flower is also known as bird’s nest).

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 things up, I am going to honor … 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration … 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 War has left a long, tangled legacy that is still very much with us today. … 0

Franklin County Food and Farms

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Local Hero Day at local restaurants Today you can support local agriculture by eating out. According to CISA, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, you can enjoy special dishes highlighting the bountiful harvest of our local farms and food producers. There are 64 participating restaurants. To see a list, … 0

Hitting the wall: our reporter learns the ropes in Hadley

Friday, August 7, 2015

People go to the Central Rock Gym in Hadley looking for fun, for fitness, for both. I have come to fall off a wall. I have preconceived notions of what that will be like. Our hero should be … 0

Art, with no qualifying terms

Friday, July 31, 2015

As an artist with over half a century’s experience, Gerry Biron of Saxtons River, Vt., never quite knew why he was so drawn to producing pieces that depicted Native Americans and their lives. That was, until his mother … 0

Between the Rows: Drought tolerant flowers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Though caught up in my own need and desire for water-loving plants, I have not forgotten that many need drought-resistant plants. Some gardeners have soil that drains quickly and we all fret about summer months when no rain … 0

Speaking of Nature: The whimbrel

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It was Thursday, Aug. 6, and for the first time in my life, I was on a beach in Malibu. I was not alone on this beach. There were well over 100 people swimming, walking or basking in … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Here are last week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A little blue heron was found at Wild Acres Park in Pittsfield. A lesser yellowlegs and a pectoral sandpiper were on Silver Lake in … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 19, 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

Savoring the Seasons: Passing the baton of the Free Harvest Supper

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I don’t know if Juanita Nelson ever ran a relay race, I know I haven’t since I was a kid in gym class. But somehow, the image of a relay race is what keeps coming to me as … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Erin McKeown to headline Red Fire Farm’s Tomato Fest Saturday, Aug. 22 GRANBY — Red Fire Farm will host its 15th annual Tomato Festival on Saturday, Aug. 22 — a party for the peak season of local produce … 0

Between the Rows: fragrant flowers

Friday, August 14, 2015

Earlier this week, I was watering plants in my new Greenfield garden and noticed a wonderful fragrance. My Clethera alnifolia is blooming, with upright pink panicles that perfume the air with a spicy fragrance. This shrub will possibly … 0