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While working with traumatized veterans, Jonathan Shay realized that some of their ordeals were mirrored in “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” written nearly 3,000 years ago. Pictured, this head from a Roman period Hellenistic marble group depicts Odysseus, a character in both works.

'A betrayal of what's right': Combat trauma expert focuses on ‘moral injury’ of war

Friday, March 27, 2015

“I haven’t really slept for 20 years. I lie down, but I don’t sleep. I’m always watching the door, the window, then back to the door. I get up at least five times to walk ... sometimes it’s 10 or 15 times. There’s always something within reach, maybe a baseball bat or a knife, at every door. I used to sleep with a gun under my pillow, another under my mattress, and another in the drawer next to the bed. You made me get rid of them when I came into the program here. They’re over at my mother’s, so I know I can get … 0

With ranks of suicidal vets swelling, crisis hotline offers help

Friday, March 27, 2015

By MEG JONES Milwaukee Journal MILWAUKEE — Despondent over a breakup, the caller admitted he had relapsed into drug abuse and was afraid he’d lose his job as a long-haul trucker. He no longer wanted to live. From her office in the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Karen Gage listened to him pour out … 0


Friday, March 20, 2015

The package arrived mid-December, just as the boxes of presents from my more forward-thinking relatives began to arrive. It was addressed in the square, neat printing of a designer or architect. Inside the plain, brown wrapping was what felt like a stack of slim books wrapped again in a big sheet of white … 0

Snowmobiler’s dream

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Arctic Cat patiently purred as a wide-open, snow-covered Pratt Field in Bernardston stretched out before me. Sitting on the 450-pound snow machine, I pushed my thumb down hard on the throttle and the snowmobile surged forward with … 0

Speaking of Nature: Sheldon the red-tailed hawk

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The pattern became a familiar one in February. Birds would be at the feeders, or on the porch railing, or anywhere else I had spread out some seed. The options were limited due to all of the snow, … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. A pair of redheads was found in an open area of Cheshire Lake. A long-tailed duck was seen for two days on the Connecticut River below the Northend Bridge in Springfield. Five … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 18, 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 … 0

Between the Rows: Roses without chemicals

Friday, March 13, 2015

One of the things I love about our Annual Rose Viewing is the chance to tell visitors that you do not need an arsenal of chemicals to grow healthy, beautiful roses. I did not always know this. My … 0

Book review: “An Upraised Chalice”

Monday, March 16, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “An Upraised Chalice” by Gene O’Neil (ASEMC Press, 268 pages, $15.95) Near the beginning of “An Upraised Chalice,” a clipping from this very newspaper appears. The article reports on a car … 0

Test-tube berries: At Nourse Farms in Whately, a controlled growing environment makes soil obsolete

Friday, March 6, 2015

Emptying a bowl full of fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberries into the blender, slopping in a spoonful of vanilla yogurt and jabbing the “mix” button with your finger to make that morning smoothie, there’s no way, you may … 0

Winter-into-spring delights

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray for above-freezing-during-the-day-below-freezing-at-night temperatures, the definition of maple sugaring weather! It seems like a late start to sugaring season, but hopefully, these conditions will continue so our sugaring neighbors — who are even now trudging through deep snow to tap trees and bring us tasty … 0

Between the Rows: Your own Eden; Master Gardener Spring Symposium March 21

Friday, March 6, 2015

Creating Your Own Eden is the name of this year’s fact- and delight-loaded Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Spring Symposium on Saturday, March 21, at Frontier Regional High School in South Deerfield. I can imagine a garden Eden where … 0

Speaking of Nature: We’re not there yet

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One of the great joys of childhood is traveling to see your grandparents. When I was a boy, this meant jumping into the family car in Amherst and heading west to Albany. My parents would often pack a … 0