Life & Times

Wikipedia/Marie-Lan Nguyen 
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


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

Voice of Audubon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A northern shrike continues to be seen in Windsor, and a Bohemian waxwing was also found. A rough-legged hawk continues in Lee, and five black vultures were seen in Sheffield. A clay-colored sparrow continues … 0

Blue Plate Special: Christina’s in Erving serves up authentic Italian cuisine

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder Tony DiMaio has been in the restaurant business for 40 years — and he is only 54 years old. The chef and co-owner of Christina’s Restaurant and Tavern on the French … 1

Savoring the Seasons: Applesauce perfection

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I hope you had a wonderful time at Greenfield Winter Fare last Saturday. Sadly, that day I sat at home blowing my nose and nursing a bad head cold instead of enjoying the occasion. As I write this, I’m feeling somewhat better and I hope … 0

Life on the ice

Saturday, February 21, 2015

On a cold morning in February, the fish of Shutesbury’s Lake Wyola pursued their small-brained interests beneath a protective shell of ice 18 inches thick and topped with more than a foot of snow. But not for long. … 0

Between the Rows: A plethora of peas

Saturday, February 21, 2015

There are peas that need to be shelled, peas that only need to be snapped, peas named snow and sweet peas that can be smelled. There are pea plants that are small, and many that are tall. There … 0

‘Fishing Dogs’ afloat with humor

Saturday, February 21, 2015

“Fishing Dogs” by Raymond Coppinger (Skyhorse Publishing, 217 pages, $19.95) It is not easy to sustain a joke through an entire book. Happily, Raymond Coppinger of Montague keeps his far-fetched premise going with grace and fun in … 0

Savoring the Seasons: A week of Winter Fare (What I learned)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK As I prepare my shopping list for this Saturday’s Greenfield Winter Farmers Market, I’m thinking about all I’ve learned from Winter Fare over the years. Before the first Winter Fare Farmers Market on Groundhog Day of 2008, I had never swapped food in a barter … 0

Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market at a glance

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market At A Glance Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St. Credit cards and EBT/SNAP benefits accepted. Double your money! Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) will match the first $10 spent by SNAP users, so $10 … 0

'Why not?': Franklin Tech's Mackenzie Coburn is a force to be reckoned with on the mat

Friday, February 13, 2015

The wrestler smiles on the inside to himself. As his opponent walks toward the center of the mat to shake his hand prior to the bout, he is busy sizing things up. This match should be easy. There … 0

Between the Rows: Cold, snowy weather the perfect time to read and plan

Friday, February 13, 2015

With all the bad weather I’ve been happy to sit by the woodstove and read two new books from St. Lynn’s Press. “Garden-pedia: An A to Z Guide to Gardening Terms” by Paula Bennett and Maria Zampini ($16.95 … 0