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Life & Times

Khalif (Big-Chief) Neville, left, and his father Charles Neville, of The Neville Brothers, Wednesday in Huntington.

Home made with music: Charles Neville and his son Khalif are just two of the stars in a family universe of musicians

Friday, November 27, 2015

Out in the wilds of Huntington, saxophone lines wind around the bare trees of late fall. The reedy notes emanate from a yurt beside Charles Neville’s house. The small, round interior is lined with tie-dyed banners, which Neville got while touring with a Grateful Dead-style jam band. His son Khalif, 19, sits nearby at a keyboard, listening. The yurt used … 0

Root vegetables and cellars

Friday, November 27, 2015

Our Thanksgiving table will include Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, beets, parsnips and carrots. Even the Pilgrims might have had some of these vegetables at the first Thanksgiving. Root vegetables were an important part of the food supply in Europe before canning and freezing were available. Root vegetables were harvested in the … 0

Neighbors nourishing neighbors

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I was thrilled last week to receive a lovely handwritten note from Elaine Abrahamson and a recipe from Tom Novack. Elaine said, “You are going to enjoy this recipe! Tom and I are in our 60’s and he remembers his great-grandmother always having this dish on hand. Back then, it was flavorful AND inexpensive. MY family never ate this, so I had no … 0

Easing back into: push-ups

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

As the temperature turns, gym parking lots start looking a little fuller. Worse, the post-holiday rush is near, when New Year’s resolutions will begin to conflict with seasonal overindulgence. From a physical therapist’s perspective, slow and steady wins … 0

You are here: Using a compass to find your way

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hiking is hard enough without stopping to consult a bunch of paper and magnets. But the hassle of a compass and map could save you the hassle of calling 911, then waiting around to flag down irritated search-and-rescuers … 0

Between the Rows: In the Hundred Acre Wood

Friday, October 23, 2015

Winnie-the-Pooh and I did not become acquainted until I was an adult and read what had become literary classics, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, to my young children. I had known of the books, of course, … 0

Are ventless fireplaces safe?

Friday, November 6, 2015

By ADAM WIRE Angie’s List If you plan to use a ventless fireplace to save money, make sure you consider the safety concerns. Some service providers say unvented fireplaces burn more efficiently than their vented gas-powered counterparts and … 0

Steps to prevent window condensation

Friday, November 6, 2015

By ALAN J. HEAVENS The Philadelphia Inquirer Question: We had new windows installed several years ago. Some mornings, when there is a lot of condensation, you can see where the stickers were on all the windows. How can I stop this condensation from happening? Answer: Let me refer … 0

Said & Done: The merits of a secret place

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Editor’s note: Having been a boy, Paul Seamans writes from that perspective in this column. Clearly, girls also have a need for secret places and some of them would also find pheasants fascinating. Secret places are the prerogative … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 4, 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

Teens spend an average of 9 hours a day with media

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Teenagers spend nearly nine hours a day absorbing media and despite all the new options, music and television remain the favorites. Common Sense Media released an exhaustive survey Tuesday outlining how young people spend screen … 0

Savoring The Seasons: Cooking with Cider

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Growing up in California and Hawaii, the first time I tasted “real” sweet cider was at summer camp in an area of Mendocino County known for redwood trees and apple orchards. Campers bought treats from a local store, including fresh-pressed sweet cider. Several times, my family visited the … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Greenfield Farmers Market moves indoors for winter The Greenfield Farmers Market has ended its outdoor season and moves indoors for the Winter Market season starting with two Saturday markets in November: Nov. 7 and Nov. 21, at the Greenfield Middle School. It will continue once a month from … 0