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Recorder/Paul Franz

Art, with no qualifying terms

Friday, July 31, 2015

As an artist with over half a century’s experience, Gerry Biron of Saxtons River, Vt., never quite knew why he was so drawn to producing pieces that depicted Native Americans and their lives. That was, until his mother revealed that his grandmother had been a member of a tribe from New England. “It completely changed the course of my life … 0

Fictional ‘Miss Emily’ feels true to Dickinson’s character

Friday, July 31, 2015

Emily Dickinson, whose poetry was known by very few in her lifetime, has probably never been more popular than she is today, perhaps because her poetry seems more modern than that of many of her contemporaries. Among my acquaintances, her life has inspired scholarship and her poetry has inspired music. Her homebound, yet … 0

It takes a village to write a history book

Friday, July 24, 2015

“You can’t swing a cat in this town without hitting several other writers and editors,” says Chris Jerome, in a chapter from Ashfield’s latest best seller: “History of the Town of Ashfield, Volume III, 1960 - 2010.” Jerome is a former New England Monthly magazine editor who moved to Ashfield many years ago … 0

Perfect poached eggs

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — It took nearly 20,000 miles to discover this secret, but cracking the code of the perfect poached egg made every one of them worth it. And I’ll save you the travel trouble. I was on … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms,July 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exploring Wild Plants Just Roots, Greenfield Community Farm, Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will explore the woods edges and woodlands around the growing fields for wild plants. What are their names and how can you distinguish different ones? What habitats do they prefer? How can … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a Theme

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Standing in the buffet line at last Friday’s Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast, I chatted with a woman I’d never met who told me about a community event that’s happened in Athol for the past four years. She talked about gathering donations from local farmers and gardeners, … 0

Gluten-free cookies?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. If it was, there wouldn’t be a Gluten and Allergy Free Expo at the DCU Center in Worcester on July 25. The event … 0

Gluten-free, vegan chocolate chip cookies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies 11/2 cups gluten free oat flour 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour 1 cup organic sugar 1/4 cup flaxseed meal 1/4 cup arrowroot starch 11/2 tsp. xanthan gum 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp … 0

TV review: ‘Zoo’ just a goofy redo of ‘The Birds’

Monday, June 29, 2015

THE SERIES: “Zoo” WHEN, WHERE: Premieres Tonight at 9 Eastern on CBS WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The lions of the world are acting cranky. So are the house cats. So are a lot of other animals. What’s going on? … 0

Between the Rows: Getting to know your weeds

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’ve been weeding. I’ve learned a lot about weeds over the decades, but I was never given the ominous warning “one year of seed, seven years of weed” until last year. I think every novice gardener should be … 0

The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence

Friday, June 19, 2015

Isn’t it interesting that the debate over intelligent design (creationism) and the theory of evolution (naturalism) continues 150 years after Darwin? Science has spoken on this issue, but not all of us believe it has spoken coherently. Many … 7

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 24, 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Speaking of Nature: To spot the Eastern towhee, you need to be in the right area

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sunday was Father’s Day, which also happened to coincide with the first day of summer. To celebrate, my beautiful wife Susan and I headed to Amherst to spend the weekend with my parents. Saturday was a beautiful sunny … 0