Life & Times

There is still plenty of room under the tree for everyone's favorite gift-list item: toys!

Kids’ toys: What’s new, what’s awesome

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Today’s kids are completely immersed in and obsessed with technology, and even the little ones on your shopping list might be anxious to get their hands on the a new iPhone or some sweet Beats headphones this holiday season. For the tried-and-true purist who can’t stomach the thought of buying a 6-year-old his first selfie stick, don’t fret.There is still … 0

Friends offer community music lessons from their home

Friday, November 20, 2015

A songbird whistling in a nearby tree, the faint hum purring through the lips of a nearby stranger and the heavy drum beat pulsating through the speakers of the car in your rearview mirror aren’t just everyday ambient noises, but the soundtrack to our lives. Not a day goes by without hearing sounds … 0

Metal casting: Taking a two-dimensional design and making a durable object

Friday, November 13, 2015

Attaching a long steel wire handle, Paul Andrew lifts a red-hot steel beaker from his recently extinguished propane furnace and uses a second wire to tip out a liquid silver stream of molten aluminum. Metallic and reflective like mercury, the super-heated metal looks deceptively cool, but small wisps of smoke emerge as the … 0

Sweet memories

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nothing sums up the holiday season better than a plate of cookies — preferably accompanied by a tall glass of milk or a steaming mug of hot chocolate. This year Historic Deerfield and King Arthur Flour have chosen … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Sharing what we know

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

“How many other State Senate Presidents could host their own TV cooking show?” That’s what I asked Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, as he demonstrated how to prepare Chicken alla Romano at last Saturday’s Food Day celebration at the YMCA in Greenfield. Stan laughed and said … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

International awards go to local maple syrup producers Four Massachusetts maple syrup producers — including two from Franklin County — took honors at the North American Maple Syrup Council’s annual competition, held this year in Seven Springs, Pa. More than 120 entries were submitted, from 12 U.S. states … 0

'Your home reflects your life': reporter seeks calm, creativity through feng shui

Friday, October 16, 2015

It was time to harmonize with my environment. I’m by no means a messy person, but as I had moved from apartment to apartment over the past four years, I knew something wasn’t right. Something was missing. I … 0

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 … 0

Living Smart: How to know if gutters need work or replacement

Friday, October 23, 2015

If your gutters are starting to fail and you aren’t sure whether to repair them or just replace them with new gutters, here are answers from three Dallas gutter experts to help you make the best decision. How often should I clean my gutters? Mike Long, manager at … 0

Designing with tile: Ancient craft gets new attention

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tile was an important element in interior design in many parts of the world for thousands of years, coveted for its aesthetic possibilities, functionality and longevity. Yet for a generation, the craft has been largely unexplored, relegated mainly … 0

Speaking of Nature: The white-crowned sparrow

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Before I get started with this week’s column, I think it is my responsibility to alleviate any undue suspense and suffering by announcing that the juncos arrived at my porch on Sunday (Oct. 18). This coincided nicely with … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email 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

Franklin County Food and Farms

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

These pulled pork tacos are local TURNERS FALLS — The New England Farmers Union tent during the Franklin County Pumpkinfest Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 9 p.m., will feature freshly smoked pulled pork tacos with Mexican slaw and pork-stuffed baked potatoes with options including cheese sauce, butter, … 0