Coyotes at night


There aren’t many sounds more haunting than the staccato bark of a coyote just before midnight.In the blackness of the woods, it’s impossible to...

Noticing nature’s beauty


Yesterday, I spent the entire morning and afternoon outside in nature — it was beautiful medicine. My wife, Brianna, and I took Juneau, my family’s...

From restaurant closures to closed parks, social distancing requirements have put a temporary stay on a lot of different activities. And while most...


Each May, potters throughout the Pioneer Valley throw open their doors for the annual springtime Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, a self-guided tour...

The industry of nature


As April’s cold rain turns to the warmer days of May, the lake of my childhood is invading its shoreline. Sections of the trail I sometimes run...

A different kind of crisis


For many, staying indoors to halt the spread of the coronavirus is an inconvenience. For others living in a domestic violence situation, it’s a...

Stocking up for good health


With quarantine orders keeping everyone indoors, everything from putting gas in the tank to shopping for groceries has become a challenge. But even...

‘This Is Us’


A few of the subjects held themselves precisely so, smiling directly at the camera; some were relaxed, casually lounging against the front steps...

When nature takes over


There is a time between the sun and the moon when the Earth seems to pause on its axis. For about a quarter of an hour, there is prevailing peace...

While the Registry of Motor Vehicles has restricted its services in compliance with Gov. Charlie Baker’s declaration of a state of emergency on...

Forgotten desolation


Heavy is the ground that carries lost souls. Heavier still the voice of a man whose family is buried there.I met him walking up Cairn Hill, past...

The stoic old tower


Overlooking the slanted rooftops of Dingle’s quaint village is a small stone tower, built by starving and desperate people who were working for a...

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