Life & Times

Recorder/Micky Bedell 
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

Between the Rows: The Intervale Center

Friday, October 31, 2014

Intervale: n. Regional. A tract of low-lying land, especially along a river. The Intervale Center in Burlington, Vt., has three goals: to enhance the viability of farming; to promote the sustainable use and stewardship of agricultural lands; and … 0

Speaking of Nature: A nuthatch saves the day

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sunday was an unexpectedly gloomy day. Saturday had been so warm and lovely in comparison that the annual chore of moving firewood seemed like an unacceptable use of time. So, rather than don the heavy clothes required for … 0

Kids & Critters: Want to know a secret?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My wife has recently been putting some extra effort into learning the names of the birds that come to our feeders. Summer birds can be difficult to learn because there are so many of them and they can … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 5, 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What's your town's menu?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When Barb Parry invited me to the Shelburne Harvest Dinner in late October, I was glad to accept — and curious to learn more about the Shelburne Agricultural Commission’s “Shelburne Grown” initiative and their work to promote Shelburne’s farms. And, I knew the food would … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 29, 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

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A golden eagle was seen in Holyoke and a northern goshawk was reported in Northampton. A few surf scoters, red-necked grebe and a black vulture were reported in Turners Falls. Some of … 0

How change comes: ‘To the Village Square’ recounts anti-nuke movement’s beginnings in Franklin County

Friday, October 24, 2014

On the face of it, the book with an iconic black-and-white cover photograph of protesters marching down railroad tracks toward the 1976 occupation of the Seabrook nuclear plant construction site conveys the story of the “No Nukes” movement … 0

Breathing new life (and death!) into Hawley

Friday, October 24, 2014

I love living in Hawley. Its forests and meadows are beautiful. My neighbors are caring. When asked about the history of my hometown, however, I generally have to admit that nothing remarkable has ever happened here. In Chrysler … 0

Between the Rows: Growing interest in gardening

Friday, October 24, 2014

When I arrived last Thursday afternoon, the scene at the Discovery School at the Four Corners school garden was controlled chaos. Several teachers were staying after school to divide and pot up perennials from the butterfly garden. “Is … 0