Life & Times

GREENFIELD (March 4, 2015) — Robert and Andrea Moorhead break into laughter during a photo shoot. The couple as been publishing the multi-lingual, multi-cultural literary journal Osiris from their home in Deerfield, and now Greenfield, for 42 years. Recorder/Trish Crapo

A MEETING OF THE MINDS

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 newsprint. The books turned out to be … 0

Book review: ‘The Nightingale Bones’ by Ariel Swan

Friday, March 20, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “The Nightingale Bones” by Ariel Swan (Bell Bridge Books, 256 pages, $14.95) In “The Nightingale Bones” Ariel Swan of Greenfield has woven a supernatural tale that will keep readers riveted. The Townes have always had an uncanny affinity for the past. Alice’s nose picks up smells … 0

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — and now he intends to bring his literary and performance background together in a new … 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

Book Review: Sandra Boston’s memoir “Out of Bounds” sends messages to her descendants

Friday, February 13, 2015

“Out of Bounds” by Sandra Boston (Booksmyth Press, 314 pages, $14.99) Sandra Boston of Greenfield states at the outset of her new memoir that she is writing to a great extent for her descendants, to give them … 0

Stalking success with tofu noir

Friday, February 6, 2015

The “musty odor of soybeans cooking” wafts through the factory as the American Tofu Factory chugs on ... even as one of the workers has been found upside down in a giant tank of soybeans. That’s the first … 0

Photos for the Frozen: 2015 Amateur Photo Contest

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOTOS FOR THE FROZEN is held annually in conjunction with Greenfield’s Winter Carnival, which is Feb. 6 through Feb. 8 this year. There is no charge to enter the contest, but the photographers must be amateurs and the … 0

‘Yesterday’ a poem by Nick Fleck

Friday, February 6, 2015

Yesterday I came to a clearing. The trail — an old tote road — I rambled without bearing. The way unhallowed passed through birch, through beech and oak where once farm folk were neither poor nor rich. The woods a skin of snow and sunlit. The straight lines … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Nick Fleck

Friday, February 6, 2015

Northfield poet Nick Fleck walks in the woods a lot, both here in Franklin County and in untamed areas around Moosehead Lake in Maine. His poem “Yesterday” recounts a surprise encounter with a deer while walking a “tote … 0