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While working with traumatized veterans, Jonathan Shay realized that some of their ordeals were mirrored in “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” written nearly 3,000 years ago. Pictured, this head from a Roman period Hellenistic marble group depicts Odysseus, a character in both works.

'A betrayal of what's right': Combat trauma expert focuses on ‘moral injury’ of war

Friday, March 27, 2015

“I haven’t really slept for 20 years. I lie down, but I don’t sleep. I’m always watching the door, the window, then back to the door. I get up at least five times to walk ... sometimes it’s 10 or 15 times. There’s always something within reach, maybe a baseball bat or a knife, at every door. I used to sleep with a gun under my pillow, another under my mattress, and another in the drawer next to the bed. You made me get rid of them when I came into the program here. They’re over at my mother’s, so I know I can get … 0

With ranks of suicidal vets swelling, crisis hotline offers help

Friday, March 27, 2015

By MEG JONES Milwaukee Journal MILWAUKEE — Despondent over a breakup, the caller admitted he had relapsed into drug abuse and was afraid he’d lose his job as a long-haul trucker. He no longer wanted to live. From her office in the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Karen Gage listened to him pour out … 0


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 … 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

‘There is a sacred quality to it’

Friday, January 23, 2015

Several times a week during the winter months, Mary Jo Maffei steps into her snowshoes and heads out the back door of her Shutesbury home and off along a trail that was cut by her son. The red-blazed … 0

Between the Rows: White blooms that last

Friday, February 6, 2015

Last week, I talked about some of the white spring flowers, but a whole array of white flowers bloom well into the fall. I can only mention a few. One of the more unusual flowers that grows in … 0

Strap on & Go!

Friday, January 23, 2015

“Put a pair of snowshoes on,” says Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center manager William Gabriel, “and you can go just about anywhere.” For those looking for more specific locations, however, here are a few: DAR State Forest, 78 Cape St., Route 112, Goshen, 268-7098, http://tinyurl.com/qy99cuj Skinner State … 0

Kids & Critters: the gray squirrel

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Last weekend was really interesting. Saturday was snowy, Sunday was sunny and “warm,” and then we got a huge snowstorm on Monday. I don’t know about you, but I was very glad to have a day off of … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, February 4, 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0