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While working with traumatized veterans, Jonathan Shay realized that some of their ordeals were mirrored in “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” written nearly 3,000 years ago. Pictured, this head from a Roman period Hellenistic marble group depicts Odysseus, a character in both works.

'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 10 or 15 times. There’s always something within reach, maybe a baseball bat or a knife, at every door. I used to sleep with a gun under my pillow, another under my mattress, and another in the drawer next to the bed. You made me get rid of them when I came into the program here. They’re over at my mother’s, so I know I can get … 0

With ranks of suicidal vets swelling, crisis hotline offers help

Friday, March 27, 2015

By MEG JONES Milwaukee Journal MILWAUKEE — Despondent over a breakup, the caller admitted he had relapsed into drug abuse and was afraid he’d lose his job as a long-haul trucker. He no longer wanted to live. From her office in the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Karen Gage listened to him pour out … 0

A MEETING OF THE MINDS

Friday, March 20, 2015

The package arrived mid-December, just as the boxes of presents from my more forward-thinking relatives began to arrive. It was addressed in the square, neat printing of a designer or architect. Inside the plain, brown wrapping was what felt like a stack of slim books wrapped again in a big sheet of white … 0

Speaking of Nature: We’re not there yet

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One of the great joys of childhood is traveling to see your grandparents. When I was a boy, this meant jumping into the family car in Amherst and heading west to Albany. My parents would often pack a … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 11, 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

Book review: ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman’

Friday, March 6, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” by Jill Lepore (Knopf, 432 pages, $29.95) “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” discusses the genesis and the “life” of the world’s most popular female … 0

Leg work

Friday, February 27, 2015

Growing up an avid alpine skier, I used to watch middle-aged folks mush along the flats on cross-country skis and think “boy, that looks easy.” When I clicked into a pair of cross-country skis earlier this month, I … 0

Between the Rows: Gardening for butterflies

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bill Benner is a man with many strings to his bow, but they all play tunes of the natural world and its fragility. He will be talking about the natural world, climate change and the impact it has … 0

‘Hurricane Island’ offers tense mix of political critique, gripping narrative

Friday, February 27, 2015

“Hurricane Island” by Ellen Meeropol (Red Hen Press, 314 pages, $16.95) I’m not really a thriller reader. Nevertheless, I have to admit that I read the political thriller “Hurricane Island” in one day. This second novel by Ellen … 0

Here comes the wind, rejoice!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads The wind is passing by. — Christina Rossetti, Victorian poet Little … 0

Kids & Critters: When will the grackles arrive?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Most people are familiar with the notion of bird migration. Birds that are primarily insect eaters are often forced to retreat to warmer southern regions during the cold, dark winters of more northern areas. But every winter ends … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 4, 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

Speaking of Nature: The thrill of the hunt

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Last week, I introduced you to a gray catbird that has adopted my yard as its home base for the winter. Prior to that, I told the story of a swamp sparrow that had also turned up at … 0