Life & Times

Photo courtesy of Julie Abramson
 Julie Abramson’s garden in Northampton.

Between the Rows: Julie’s Shade Garden

Friday, September 4, 2015

Like so many of us, Julie Abramson never had much interest in her mother’s garden when she was young, but over the years she has tended three very different gardens of her own. Her first garden in Albany was cheerful. “I was inexperienced, but this garden was very floriferous. I knew nothing about trees and shrubs,” she told me as … 0

Faith Matters: The challenge and the life

Friday, September 4, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this … 0

Speaking of Nature: Queen Anne’s lace

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wildflowers have been the focus of my kids’ columns this summer. In July, I introduced readers to hawkweed, a gorgeous orange-flowered plant in the composite family. In August, I switched families and took a look at the cow vetch plant. This purple-flowered beauty is a member of the pea family. Finally, to wrap … 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 … 0

Can I retrofit my house for air conditioning?

Friday, August 7, 2015

By STACY GIORDULLO Angie’s List (TNS) Just because your house doesn’t have central air conditioning doesn’t mean it can’t be added. Yes, it’s hot. And for homeowners living without the comfort of central air conditioning, the summer months … 0

How to clean siding buildup

Friday, August 7, 2015

By C. DWIGHT BARNETT Tribune News Service Q: Please tell me what can be done to keep the green buildup off siding! What causes this? Can anything be put on the siding to deter it? Does insulation in … 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 … 0

Kids & Critters: Cow vetch

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a wonderful time this summer. The weather has been so mild that being outside and exploring has been something easy to do without getting too uncomfortable. As a result, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 5, 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 … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fill the Belly Bus food drive Friday, Aug. 7 GREENFIELD — Friday, Aug. 7, 3 to 5 p.m., on Town Common. Over 50 local community businesses have donated over 19 tons of food and personal care supplies in the past 10 years. It’s scheduled in August because that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Grab a bib...it's peach season!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

While you read today’s Recorder Food page, I’ll be camping at a music festival in the woods in Michigan. By now, I will have eaten all of the western Mass. peaches I packed for my road trip and will be eating the tasty peaches grown in western Michigan. … 0

Between the Rows: New garden taking shape

Friday, July 31, 2015

“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade” Kipling said, and I must add that they are not made by looking at a plan, even one as beautiful as the custom design I am holding created by … 0

‘Moore’s Law’ tells of difficult, brilliant tech czar

Friday, July 24, 2015

“Moore’s Law” by Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock, and Rachel Jones (Basic Books, 560 pages, $35) Not having heard before of Moore’s law, I have been surprised in the last couple of weeks to discover how many of … 0