Life & Times

Dreaming of Vinyl

Monday, December 22, 2014

Scott Seward spent a lot of time during the 1980s and ’90s rooting around the basements of perfect strangers, looking for something valuable to feed his addiction. Seward didn’t have a drug or alcohol habit — he was hooked on vinyl records and he’d go anywhere for a good score, be it a stranger’s basement, a hot stinky Dumpster or … 0

What the heck is an album & why would I want one?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Just before the turn of the 20th century, the gramophone record revolutionized the way the world listened to music. “Just having a disc that you could put on a turntable and play was probably the single biggest transformation in commercial music,” said Steve Waksman, Smith College professor of music and culture studies. Recorded … 0

Lovers of vinyl have their reasons

Monday, December 22, 2014

What keeps people listening to vinyl records? Customers at John Doe Jr. Used Books and Records in Greenfield have their own reasons. “I’ve had a turntable for three years and I’m trying to build a jazz collection,” said Zack Finch of Williamstown. “The jazz world opens up when you start listening to records. All the archives are on vinyl.” “For me, vinyl is … 0

Voice of Audubon: western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. A flock of 10 northern shovelers was found at Metacomet Lake in Belchertown. Five canvasbacks and 14 ruddy ducks were on Richmond Pond … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Layer by layer, a historic tavern is being revealed

Friday, October 31, 2014

For Bill Flynt, Historic Deerfield’s lead architectural conservator, exploring one of Old Deerfield’s 18th century buildings is like stepping into a time machine. That’s the experience he aims to give the museum’s visitors, but many of the buildings … 0

Timing is everything

Friday, November 21, 2014

By BILL DALEY Chicago Tribune Question: I love to cook on Thanksgiving. I do the full meal of turkey, stuffing, rolls, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. Sometimes, when family comes, they like to bring … 0

Whip it, whip it good

Friday, November 21, 2014

By NOELLE CARTER Los Angeles Times Homemade whipped cream. Try it just once and you’ll never look at the store brands again. Nothing beats the flavor or texture, and preparation is simple. Purists are right — using a … 0

Between the Rows: Give thanks for squash!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey, squash and pumpkin pie are the Thanksgiving triumvirate. And we will give thanks for all three, as well as the oyster stuffing, creamed onions and all the rest. A groaning board indeed to stand in for all … 0

Speaking of Nature: an unexpected visitor

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Human beings in general, and scientists in particular, are very sensitive to patterns. This makes a lot of sense when one considers the nature of the planet that we live on. The planet spins at a constant rate, … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The gray jay continues to be seen at Gate 41 of the Quabbin Reservoir in the town of Petersham. A cattle egret … 0

Between the Rows: thinking about gardens

Friday, November 14, 2014

As I‘ve worked to put my gardens to bed this fall, I’ve also been thinking about how they came to take this form and about how any garden takes form. Some people plan a garden in one fell … 0

Between the Rows: Pat finds connections at the Intervale Centet

Friday, November 7, 2014

My visit with my cousin Travis Marcotte at the Intervale Center in Burlington, Vt., stunned me with the varied ways an organization could support farmers, the vitality of their conservation effort, the size of a marketing project like … 0