Seamans appreciated

Published: 1/11/2019 11:42:05 AM
Seamans appreciated

I always thoroughly enjoyed Paul Seamans’ writing. It reminded me of the writing of Studs Terkel.

After I noticed that he was at Charlene Manor, I took the liberty of visiting him there. I just wanted to let him know how much I enjoyed his work. I introduced myself and said “You don’t know me.” His reply was “Well, I do now.”

That told me a lot about the kind of person he was. We have lost a keen observer of human nature, exhibited in his writings of WWII, and of the natural world, which he clearly loved.

Thom Griffin

Colrain

Slightly scary bear sighting

On Dec. 20, I had the slightly scary pleasure of seeing an adult black bear in Highland Park. It was slightly scary because I didn’t see it (and I doubt it saw me) until I was 30 feet from it. This is probably because the meeting occurred while I was walking along the ridge between Poet’s Seat and Sachem’s Head, and thus, because the bear was just below the path, it was shielded from the sound of my footsteps until we practically touched noses.

Black bears are generally quite wary of humans, so I doubt there is much danger. However, for the next few weeks, when traversing the ridge between Sachem’s Head and the Poet’s Seat parking lot, I would walk – and not jog.

Michael Fleck

Greenfield




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