Life & Times

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Lilin Tseng of Heath made this doll of herself, which is posed here with some of her felted dog dolls. Along the top of this page are her felted portraits of pets, which include hair from the animal depicted.

Felted friends

Friday, December 12, 2014

Captain Jack came into Lilin Tseng’s life at just the right time. The Heath doll maker, painter and sculptor, who loves animals, was searching for a hypo allergenic dog after learning she was allergic to most breeds. First, she looked for the right pet through local dog-rescuers and area shelters; but eventually Tseng was directed online to “Shaggy Dog Rescue” in Texas, where she found the right dog for adoption, a terrier mixed breed. According to Tseng, the Houston, Texas-based Shaggy Dog Rescue saved the dog just an hour before he was scheduled to be euthanized. He was brought to New England by a pet … 0

Dave Barry’s Gift Guide

Friday, December 5, 2014

The holidays are a super-busy time of year, and it’s too easy, with all the hustle and bustle, to forget about what this season is really all about. So we will remind you: It’s about purchasing high-tech consumer devices at retail. This is a tradition that dates back to the Nativity, as we … 0

Up and down the contra line

Friday, November 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of series of occasional features in which staff reporter Kathleen McKiernan writes about her experiences learning new skills; hence its name: “The Newbie.” As I faced the line of dozens of dancers, I felt I was in the middle of a new-age Jane Austen novel and about to … 1

Coming 'round the mountain: Berkshire East's new coaster is built for fun

Friday, October 17, 2014

I t felt like I was nearly being thrown from my seat, tethered only by my seatbelt as I careened down Mount Institute with no way to steer. When I finally came to a safe stop at the … 0

Worms, astronauts & moon cows? why not?!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A line of nearly 30 8- and 9-year-olds steps off a yellow school bus and through the rear door of the Amherst Cinema, then files into the front rows of the 180-seat Theater 1. The theater is marked … 0

Liquid inspiration: Inventing cocktails with Jim Zaccara

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mid-day last Friday, my editor emailed me with a last-minute assignment: “I’m interested in a feature on the art of making a good drink,” he wrote. Could I meet with Jim Zaccara? Zaccara, co-owner of two downtown Greenfield … 0

Between the Rows: Fall cleanup

Friday, October 17, 2014

The weather has been kind to those of us who procrastinate and go about fall cleanup in the garden with a little less energy than we once had. Right now I am buckling down and in the midst … 0

Between the Rows: garlic planting time

Friday, October 10, 2014

It is not widely known but I was crowned the Garlic Queen at the Heath Fair this year. It is only right that I was crowned by Rol Hesselbart, who gave me my first garlic cloves to use … 0

Voice of Audubon: Western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A Nelson’s sparrow was found in the Arcadia Meadows of Northampton. A white-fronted goose was seen with a large flock of Canada geese off … 0

Archeology talk celebrates watershed

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m., Deerfield River Watershed Association is celebrating 20 years of protecting the ecology of the Deerfield River, its tributaries and surrounding watershed by offering a talk on the archaeology of … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 2

Gender & Control: portraits by Anja Shutz

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stepping back into photography after a hiatus occasioned by disillusionment with her experience with a male-dominated photo industry in New York, Anja Schütz set her sights on gender and control in portraiture. Schütz said the project, a collection … 0