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Contributed image/Illustration by Barry Moser
Brothers Barry and Tommy Moser, seen here circa 1943. Moser’s memoirs deals with their troubled relationship and the racism of the times in which they grew up.

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 Barry, after whining that he’s hot and very thirsty, spots two drinking fountains. There’s one marked “Whites only,” with a long line … 0

Between the Rows: Peonies, lush and carefree

Friday, October 9, 2015

Herbaceous peonies are the most glamorous flowers in my garden, so lush and big, and pink, of course. I have planted mostly late varieties so that they will still have some bloom when the roses begin to bloom. That way, if for any reason, the roses are not doing what I want them … 0

Slice of life

Friday, October 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: We recognize that pizza and opinions about pizza are serious business in Franklin County. The pizza shop featured here was chosen for its proximity to the reporter’s home and relevant delivery service. Neither endorsements nor negative reviews of any pizza shops should be inferred by this choice or the omission of … 0

Yogurt delights from Greece & Persia

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Greek cucumber-yogurt sauce called tzatziki is one of my favorite ways to enjoy yogurt. Traditionally served on Greek Gyro sandwiches, for me, it is the definition of cool and creamy, a perfect complement to any grilled meat. I also love it spread on hearty bread. When I … 0

You can make your own yogurt

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Contrary to what you may have heard, making your own yogurt is not as easy as pie. It’s easier. That’s why we invited Lucia Ivantchev, a Greenfield woman who emigrated to the United States from eastern Europe in … 0

Tail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 2, 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 … 0

American Reckoning: UMass professor’s book looks at the tangled legacy of the Vietnam War

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christian Appy jokes that, to many of the students who take his class about the Vietnam War, the long struggle seems almost like “ancient history.” But as the University of Massachusetts Amherst history professor sees it, the Vietnam … 0

Just Try It: If you only do one stretch, do this one

Monday, August 24, 2015

“My number one thing that I push on absolutely everyone is basically a physically active lifestyle,” says personal trainer Noah Harrison. That’s the big picture, everyone’s advice. On top of that Harrison recommends stretching, and if he has … 0


Friday, August 21, 2015

The first time Wendy Dellert of Colrain saw anything resembling a stand-up paddle board was in Maui, Hawaii, many years ago. “It was more of a ‘knee board’ and people were paddling with their hands,” she remembers. This … 0

Help us spread the news about food & farms

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Kids cooking class Using a cider press and local apples, kids will make their own fresh apple cider. Saturday, Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon Cost: $250 per child, includes instruction, recipes to take home, lunch, and complimentary lunch for one accompanying parent. Space is limited, reservations are … 0

Fresh tomato sauce

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tomato lovers wait for this moment all year, that moment when the plants in the garden are struggling under the weight of those gorgeous red (or yellow or orange or even green) orbs, and the tables at the … 0

Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, seat size

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane’s seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday. Hotels should also be required … 0

Between the Rows: Autumnal Arrangements

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Heath Fair is over. Facebook is full of photos of kids going off to college and kindergarten for the first time. You can hardly get into the supermarkets for the ranks of rigidly potted containers of mums … 0