Life & Times

Recorder illustration/Adam Orth
Recorder photographer Paul Franz took this picture of Deerfield author James Cambias. Behind him is the image from his book cover.

James Cambias looks upward

Friday, April 18, 2014

On a faraway planet, in an ocean under a kilometer of thick ice, an intelligent underwater species has formed an agrarian society and has prospered for millions of years. If you’re expecting humans to come in and ruin this peaceful story, then you’d be right. But that’s where the sci-fi cliches end in South Deerfield novelist James Cambias’ “A Darkling … 0

Excerpt: ‘A Darkling Sea’

Friday, April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the first chapter of James Cambias’ “A Darkling Sea,” which is reprinted here with permission of the author. Henri and Rob didn’t talk much on the way to the vent community. Both of them were paying close attention to the navigation displays inside their helmets. Getting … 0

Between the Rows: Green Cities and Greenfield

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Earth Day 2014 theme is Green Cities and Greenfield, already designated as a Green Community by Gov. Deval Patrick, is feeling confident and energetic as it moves further into the Sustainable Master Plan launched in January. As the town looks back at the achievements of the past few years it can be proud of accomplishments and plans that are well underway. I … 0

Kids & Critters: The red-winged blackbird

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Springtime is finally here and even though Mother Nature may still have a few tricks up her sleeve, we can finally start to feel the change of the seasons. The days are gradually getting longer and with the … 0

Voices of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Migrating waterfowl still hold the stage in the valley with flocks of up to thousands of Canada Geese being seen. Also being reported are snow geese, American wigeon, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, bufflehead and … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Great Falls Discovery Center 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, 413-863-3676, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org. Open to the public Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Facilities are accessible. ∎ … 0

Said & Done: Who has ever seen the wind?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Sprouts: gardening in a jar

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like most vegetable gardeners I know, you’re busy planning this year’s crops and are eager to start gardening. Many folks are starting seeds indoors or in hoophouses. Last week, I mentioned the salad green seeds, soil, and flats I got at Ashfield Hardware … 0

Trail Mix: outdoor activities

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Northfield Mountain 99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield. 413-659-3714 or 800-859-2960. Owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. www.firstlightpower.com/ ∎ Native New England Orchids. Pink and Yellow Lady’s Slippers, the Fairy Slipper, Purple-Fringed Orchids, all these and … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our region

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The variety and number of water birds in the region continues to be spectacular. Most often reported were mute swan, northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and … 0

Tempering steel: heating, cooling & timing

Friday, March 21, 2014

In the good old days, tinkers traveled the land repairing small metal things. They do no longer, leaving this vital function up to you. Let’s say you snap a chisel or the rivet in your favorite pair of … 1

A semi-practical application: Making a whittling knife from a worn-out hacksaw blade

Friday, March 21, 2014

There are some things that you just can’t buy and your only affordable option may be to make these things yourself. Woodworking tools aren’t in this category. Almost any woodworking hand tool you require can be bought, so … 0

Choosing to live -- 1 in 8: The Torso Project

Friday, March 14, 2014

One plaster torso is covered with a mosaic. Another wears a tutu. One is painted gold. One represents “a garden, where life springs eternal.” The photos accompanying the pictures of the torsos all depict women, mostly in their … 0