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December holiday season elicits memories of a simpler, non-high-tech period of time for baby boomers; an era of rotary phones, black and white televisions, non-electronic toys and no … more
EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — Lunch packed, binoculars in hand, scarves, gloves and hats on, Danny and I leave the house well before dawn. The sky is Max Parrish dark with a very faint, peachy glow at … more
BECKET — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means we are able, once again, to enjoy one of history's great cultural treasures. I'm talking, of course, about director Frank … more
PITTSFIELD — The "keep" pile includes a stuffed teddy bear he named Squishy and some toy Revolutionary War soldiers he collected when he was a boy. As to the "giveaway" pile, that remains a work … more
PITTSFIELD — The holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year for many of us. Expectations run high, economic strains can dampen good cheer, and family rifts or personal losses can … more
RICHMOND — What a difference a pro makes. You go to a yarn shop with one of your kids, and you barely get started on the temptation cart of colors and kinds and ideas when the sidekick begins … more
LENOX — "Tis the season to be jolly," the song tells us. But a new study from the Pew Research Center shows that, for a growing number of Americans, the meaning of Christmas has morphed from a … more
STOCKBRIDGE — The behavior of a malignant or pathological narcissist is repellent to many but not all. Even though a narcissist commands and demands all the attention, it is interesting to turn … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — At the recent Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly performance at Lee Congregational Church, the folk duo at one point introduced a Child ballad and sang it wonderfully. If I'd … more
PITTSFIELD — " Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them made." This is a variationof a much used, old adage that mocks the lawmaking process.. A recent exampleof the agelessness of … more
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