Some clouds
74°
Some clouds
Hi 86° | Lo 66°

Life & Times

Young@Heart's Prison Program helps inmates break out in song

Friday, May 22, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, … 0

‘The life of things says a lot’

Friday, May 15, 2015

Christine Ritok’s eyes narrowed slightly as they focused on the legs of an intricately-carved antique chair in Historic Deerfield’s “Into The Woods” furniture gallery. A sharp click, and the dull blue beam of her small flashlight danced across its mahogany surface for a few seconds. “I’ll definitely have to check that one out … 0

'Don't Worry About Rules': Kristin Nicholas urges us all to not be shy about color

Friday, May 8, 2015

You’d never guess it from the Yankee-white exterior of the Kristin Nicholas’ 1751 Leyden Glen 1751 farmhouse, or the gray sheep you might find outside ... or even the black-and-white border collies around the yard. But, inside, a kaleidoscope of color bursts forth. The bold oranges, greens, reds, yellows inside are Nicholas’ signature … 0

Speaking of Nature: Skunk cabbage, the earliest of flowers

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I’m up early to write this week’s column and as I sit in the silence of the pre-dawn hours, I can hear the telltale patter of raindrops on the roof just above my head. It’s one of those … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 29, 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: Enjoying Locally Grown Food Year-Round: Hooray for Farmers Markets!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray! The Greenfield Farmers Market will be back on the Greenfield Town Common starting this coming Saturday, May 2! I look forward to roaming around the market, visiting with farmers and friends I haven’t seen for a while, getting fresh greens to satisfy my “spring … 0

Life & Times: Walking the Quabbin

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring is awakening on the Quabbin. The scent of wet earth, the gentle song of the chickadee and the scream of the bluejay are just a few signs. The trails that dot the north end, many of which … 1

Between the Rows: A cutting garden, perennials

Friday, April 24, 2015

A cutting garden needs annuals to give you a particular blossom for your bouquets all season long, but it also needs perennials to give you blossoms in their season — and more new plants next year. In my … 0

Speaking of Nature: Springtime is the time to study ecology

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Part of every high school student’s education includes a course in biology. For some this is a “scratch the surface” introduction that simply introduces them to some of the scientific vocabulary while they attempt to sort out other … 0

Trail Mix: Nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 22, 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

Taking flight in Charlemont

Friday, April 10, 2015

I stood high in a tree at the edge of a platform, my toes over the edge like a surfer hanging 10, looking out at waves of fall foliage. Then, I took a step forward. Gravity took over, … 0

'Aberfan': one woman's elegy for a Welsh village's young disaster victims

Friday, April 3, 2015

Heavy rains had fallen for days on Aberfan, in the Mether Vale district of Wales, in late October 1966. But they’d stopped by the time the young schoolchildren from around the mining village walked to Pantglas Junior School … 0

'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 … 1