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Contributed image/Illustration by Barry Moser
Brothers Barry and Tommy Moser, seen here circa 1943. Moser’s memoirs deals with their troubled relationship and the racism of the times in which they grew up.

Burdened brothers: Barry Moser's new memoir, "We Were Brothers," comes out Oct. 20

Friday, October 9, 2015

It’s a steamy-hot Tennessee day for a 6-year-old boy, as Barry Moser remembers the time is his mother took him shopping in downtown Chattanooga. In pre-air-conditioned 1946, the doors of the big department store are open, and young Barry, after whining that he’s hot and very thirsty, spots two drinking fountains. There’s one marked “Whites only,” with a long line … 0

Between the Rows: Peonies, lush and carefree

Friday, October 9, 2015

Herbaceous peonies are the most glamorous flowers in my garden, so lush and big, and pink, of course. I have planted mostly late varieties so that they will still have some bloom when the roses begin to bloom. That way, if for any reason, the roses are not doing what I want them … 0

Slice of life

Friday, October 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: We recognize that pizza and opinions about pizza are serious business in Franklin County. The pizza shop featured here was chosen for its proximity to the reporter’s home and relevant delivery service. Neither endorsements nor negative reviews of any pizza shops should be inferred by this choice or the omission of … 0

Between the Rows: Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Friday, September 11, 2015

Most of us know that pollinators are important. Without pollinators, many of the ordinary foods we eat would not be available. We hear about Colony Collapse Disorder, which affects honey bees, but there are thousands of other types … 0

Between the Rows: Julie’s Shade Garden

Friday, September 4, 2015

Like so many of us, Julie Abramson never had much interest in her mother’s garden when she was young, but over the years she has tended three very different gardens of her own. Her first garden in Albany … 0

How to pick new shades for your tired, old lamps

Friday, September 11, 2015

Chicago Tribune (TNS) If you find yourself wishing your tired lamps and chandeliers could stay a bit more in the shadows, perhaps it’s time to replace them. The shades, that is. Lamps are often described as the jewelry … 0

Friday, September 11, 2015


Cast-iron shower base a strong choice

Friday, September 11, 2015

By ED DEL GRANDE Tribune News Service) Question: Dear Ed, we’re planning a bathroom remodel to include a tile shower stall. Our contractor suggested that in place of a tile shower floor we install a cast-iron shower base. I’m still not sure, and before we decide, can you … 0

Backyard outposts

Friday, September 11, 2015

By JAMES HEFLIN For The Recorder Nancy Paglia steps into Shutesbury Road in Leverett, at the bottom of its steep and winding passage down the hill from Shutesbury. “This is where you take your life into your hands,” … 0

Faith Matters: The challenge and the life

Friday, September 4, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0

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 … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Franklin County Fair This annual four-day event runs Sept. 10 to 13 at the Franklin County Fairground in Greenfield. Local food and farmers are featured throughout, and you can see the prize-winning efforts of amateur gardeners and cooks. Local pie, meat and other artisan food is available as … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Yogurt for late summer: savory and sweet

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

When Recorder Editor George Forcier mentioned a food page focused on yogurt, I must confess the first thing I thought about yogurt was far from local. For the past several years, I’ve followed the adventures of a British woman named Sarah Outen who’s on the last leg of … 0