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Bill Danielson photo
This photo shows the delicate white Queen Anne’s Lace “flower” with a couple red blossoms in the center. The inset shows how the shape of the flower changes when it starts to produce seeds (the reason the flower is also known as bird’s nest).

Speaking of Nature: Queen Anne’s lace

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wildflowers have been the focus of my kids’ columns this summer. In July, I introduced readers to hawkweed, a gorgeous orange-flowered plant in the composite family. In August, I switched families and took a look at the cow vetch plant. This purple-flowered beauty is a member of the pea family. Finally, to wrap things up, I am going to honor … 0

Tail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 2, 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration … 0

American Reckoning: UMass professor’s book looks at the tangled legacy of the Vietnam War

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christian Appy jokes that, to many of the students who take his class about the Vietnam War, the long struggle seems almost like “ancient history.” But as the University of Massachusetts Amherst history professor sees it, the Vietnam War has left a long, tangled legacy that is still very much with us today. … 0

Between the Rows: Rules don't always rule

Friday, August 7, 2015

Everything changes. Our whole life is changing, but there are smaller changes in the world, like changes in cultivation rules, come to all gardeners with some regularity. We have been planting trees and shrubs in Greenfield and have … 0

Upcycled lighting shows discarded items in new light

Friday, August 14, 2015

By BETH J. HARPAZ Associated Press NEW YORK — Household objects, industrial cast-offs and vintage farm tools — all these and more are being salvaged and upcycled into lighting fixtures that range from elegant to funky to pure … 0

Speaking of Nature: the western gull

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sunday was my first day at home in over two weeks. At the end of July, I had to go east to Bridgewater University for an AP Teacher’s conference. Then I returned home for an evening of unpacking, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 12, 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: What to do with all that zucchini?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

When I was 7 or 8 years old, Mom planted TOO MUCH zucchini. That meant she served zucchini OFTEN! I don’t remember my opinion of zucchini before that summer … but by the end of it, I knew … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Organic farming conference at UMass Aug. 14 to 16 The Northeast Organic Farmers Association conference will be held at UMass-Amherst Aug. 14 to 16. A three-day program of pre-conference intensives, workshops and speakers. Activities for teens and families, music, dance, animal rides, games and meet-ups. See website for … 0

Get to know kohlrabi

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

You might have noticed an odd looking vegetable at the farmers market recently. It is shaped like Sputnik, the spherical Russian satellite with spikes coming out of it. It can be green or purple, large or small. I … 0

Cookbook teaches single guys to get dinner (and maybe dates)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — Single and looking? If you’re a guy who’s willing to do some cooking, Avi Shemtov has you covered. Admittedly, Shemtov’s initial attempt to feed dudes on the prowl read a bit too much like the strange … 0

Fictional ‘Miss Emily’ feels true to Dickinson’s character

Friday, July 31, 2015

Emily Dickinson, whose poetry was known by very few in her lifetime, has probably never been more popular than she is today, perhaps because her poetry seems more modern than that of many of her contemporaries. Among my … 0

Can I retrofit my house for air conditioning?

Friday, August 7, 2015

By STACY GIORDULLO Angie’s List (TNS) Just because your house doesn’t have central air conditioning doesn’t mean it can’t be added. Yes, it’s hot. And for homeowners living without the comfort of central air conditioning, the summer months … 0