Life & Times

the whole pizza Recorder/Paul Franz

Slice of life

Friday, October 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: We recognize that pizza and opinions about pizza are serious business in Franklin County. The pizza shop featured here was chosen for its proximity to the reporter’s home and relevant delivery service. Neither endorsements nor negative reviews of any pizza shops should be inferred by this choice or the omission of other area shops. It should be noted … 0

The lens of war: "The Draft" tells the stories of how western Mass. people responded to the Vietnam War

Friday, September 25, 2015

It’s been 50 years since the first U.S. combat troops set foot in Vietnam and 40 years since that war ended. But younger generations don’t realize how the U.S. military draft profoundly changed young people’s lives in the late 1960s, mandating two years of military service from men whose numbers were called by … 0

Hot Rod Dreams

Friday, September 18, 2015

There’s a special bond between a car and its owner. And for every relationship, there’s a story to tell. Does the chrome — decayed or restored — bring back teenage memories of the time you left skid marks on the side of the road taking that turn a little too fast showing off … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 16, 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

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fermented Foods — health benefits and prep techniques Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 to 8 p.m., Community Workshop at Just Roots In anticipation of the upcoming growing season, we will learn how to make a variety of different fermented foods from vegetables and some fruits. Since fermentation is a … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Before it’s too late …

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK For me, there’s a point in every food’s season where I realize “the end is near!” For melons, tomatoes, cucumbers and corn, that moment happened last week while I was shopping at The Bars Farmstand, Atlas Farm’s store and Clarkdale Fruit Farms. I looked around … 0

‘Listen to your children’

Friday, May 24, 2013

Poppy Pendle’s motto is “Follow your passion.” Poppy’s creator lives by that motto, as well. A book for young readers (more or less 8-to-12-year-olds), “The Power of Poppy Pendle” is only a few months old but has already … 0

Choosing to live -- 1 in 8: The Torso Project

Friday, March 14, 2014

One plaster torso is covered with a mosaic. Another wears a tutu. One is painted gold. One represents “a garden, where life springs eternal.” The photos accompanying the pictures of the torsos all depict women, mostly in their … 0

Between the Rows: Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Friday, September 11, 2015

Most of us know that pollinators are important. Without pollinators, many of the ordinary foods we eat would not be available. We hear about Colony Collapse Disorder, which affects honey bees, but there are thousands of other types … 0

Between the Rows: Julie’s Shade Garden

Friday, September 4, 2015

Like so many of us, Julie Abramson never had much interest in her mother’s garden when she was young, but over the years she has tended three very different gardens of her own. Her first garden in Albany … 0

How to pick new shades for your tired, old lamps

Friday, September 11, 2015

Chicago Tribune (TNS) If you find yourself wishing your tired lamps and chandeliers could stay a bit more in the shadows, perhaps it’s time to replace them. The shades, that is. Lamps are often described as the jewelry … 0

Friday, September 11, 2015


Cast-iron shower base a strong choice

Friday, September 11, 2015

By ED DEL GRANDE Tribune News Service) Question: Dear Ed, we’re planning a bathroom remodel to include a tile shower stall. Our contractor suggested that in place of a tile shower floor we install a cast-iron shower base. I’m still not sure, and before we decide, can you … 0