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Lilin Tseng of Heath made this doll of herself, which is posed here with some of her felted dog dolls. Along the top of this page are her felted portraits of pets, which include hair from the animal depicted.

Felted friends

Friday, December 12, 2014

Captain Jack came into Lilin Tseng’s life at just the right time. The Heath doll maker, painter and sculptor, who loves animals, was searching for a hypo allergenic dog after learning she was allergic to most breeds. First, she looked for the right pet through local dog-rescuers and area shelters; but eventually Tseng was directed online to “Shaggy Dog Rescue” in Texas, where she found the right dog for adoption, a terrier mixed breed. According to Tseng, the Houston, Texas-based Shaggy Dog Rescue saved the dog just an hour before he was scheduled to be euthanized. He was brought to New England by a pet … 0

Dave Barry’s Gift Guide

Friday, December 5, 2014

The holidays are a super-busy time of year, and it’s too easy, with all the hustle and bustle, to forget about what this season is really all about. So we will remind you: It’s about purchasing high-tech consumer devices at retail. This is a tradition that dates back to the Nativity, as we … 0

Up and down the contra line

Friday, November 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of series of occasional features in which staff reporter Kathleen McKiernan writes about her experiences learning new skills; hence its name: “The Newbie.” As I faced the line of dozens of dancers, I felt I was in the middle of a new-age Jane Austen novel and about to … 1

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

Speaking of Nature: oaks

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I was very fortunate to get a day off on Tuesday. The weather was so mild and the landscape so peaceful that I couldn’t resist going for a walk in my back woods. Many is the day that … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A gray jay has been present all week at Gate 41 of the Quabbin Reservoir in the town of Petersham. A golden eagle and a northern goshawk were seen at the northern … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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