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The Rev. Dr. James LumsdenPITTSFIELD — Today, by way of meditation and reflection, I sat with my wife in the warm Berkshire sun and prayerfully read The Berkshire Eagle. Karl Barth wrote that people of faith must read the paper every day in … more
PITTSFIELD — I cannot for the life of me figure out how a gigantic country like China can be so scared of a pipsqueak like North Korea, can be so scared that the giant trembles at the thought of making the loud-mouthed peanut annoyed. There … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I got popped last week for driving after my registration expired.No complaints; the trooper got me fair and square. And, if I may give a shameless plug: RW Towing of Lee will cheerfully meet all your towing needs! As well as … more
PITTSFIELD — Saying goodbye is never easy. There is no rubric, no perfect preemptive plan for how to properly bid adieu.I can't help but wonder if there is any way I can express all the emotions I feel as I say goodbye to my home of four … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — In a nostalgic mood the other day, I drove into the former Spruces Mobile Home Park as I used to when I visited a dear friend who lived on Higgins Drive. Then on Aug. 29, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene sounded the death knell for … more
EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — The birdathon is over; the bills have been sent. May is evolving into June, the month of brides and breeding. Time now to shut down the bird feeders. But not before finishing up what seed remains in the barrel, the suet in … more
DALTON — Donald Trump took the presidency by storm, but not like a powerful tornado or a fierce Category 4 hurricane. They move air in destructive but consistent directions. The gusts of the Trump storm were and continue to be … more
NORTH ADAMS — To read about it in major outlets like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, what happened this weekend in North Adams was a pretty major event.I'm speaking of the opening of Building 6 at Mass MoCA, of course, but the … more
HATFIELD — President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal year 2018 proclaims to be a "blueprint to make America great again." On the contrary, it does the opposite. It strips away much of what has made America great since its founding.It erodes … more
RICHMOND — People perpetually ask why newspapers and television just bring the bad news. Why not print or televise some good news, they want to know. Well, for one thing, news gatherers are basically in the business of telling you about things … more
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