Health

Ask the doctors: Avoid high doses of pain relievers

Q: Which pain reliever is safer — acetaminophen, ibuprofen, celecoxib or naproxen? It seems as if they all carry some risks. A: Pain is a symptom to which we can all relate. It's also an important indicator of possible injury within the body …

Musings on Mortality: Current events can escalate death phobia

It starts with the denial of death. We are pretty sure that we won't die anytime soon so we don't give it much thought. Why obsess over it? It will happen one day, but not today. So, we make decisions about our lives that do not include dying. As …

Could the Henrietta Lacks case happen today?

NEW YORK — What happened in the 1951 case of Henrietta Lacks, and could it happen again today?The story of the woman who unwittingly spurred a scientific bonanza made for a best-selling book in 2010. This weekend, it returned in an HBO film …
Food

Toss veggies into hummus, roast them and enjoy a tasty crust

I remember being told in marketing class back in graduate school that the fastest growing food category in America was hummus. Hummus, our professor insisted to us disbelieving students, would soon be ubiquitous. I should have heeded his advice and …

Out-flank old ideas of flank steak with this rolled version

Do you ever have the feeling that the world is lying to you? That everyone else in humanity has agreed to love something terrible, and you have to play along or risk looking like a fool?

Cook the apples, lose the gap in your pie!

Any number of tasks may strike you as easy as pie, but anyone who's ever actually made a pie can tell you that it actually requires some care if you want it to turn out well.Consider apple pie. Its ingredients are few and elemental: apples, of …
Berkshire Lifestyles
'Herbies' toast to spring with Mai Bowle

Stockbridge — For 60 years, "Herbies" have been welcoming visitors to the Berkshire Botanical Garden to celebrate the season's opening with a glass of their special wine punch — a "herbie" concoction inspired by the herbs they harvest at …

Short AnswersSay what?! It's not your problem to fix

'Fly Baby': An 'epic' story of Kimberley Jochl's rise to fame

Scene
The Scene: Fashion lovers flock to BerkChique

GREAT BARRINGTON — We women wish to be fashion fabulous. It’s our unique way to express ourselves and flaunt our truest colors from the inside out. We glow with confidence and self-assurance in clothing and accessories that emulate our spirit and give us wings to fly. So it’s only natural that when we see the word “sale” on clothing, you better believe we’ll flock like geese in search of the perfect bag, shoe, dress or jewelry to match our distinctive and flowering personalities.

The Scene: High Mud Comedy Fest brings laughs just at the right time

NORTH ADAMS — The definition of mud is what dirt (mixture of soils) turns to after a heavy rain, which seems to characterize the well-seasoned mix of local and national comedians in their candid and "not suited to those under the age of 16" performances in the High Mud Comedy Fest at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art throughout the weekend.

Scene: Stars come out for Williamstown Theatre Festival's Spring Gala

NEW YORK CITY — The Williamstown Theatre Festival honored one of its own during its annual Gala at TAO Downtown NYC on March 13.    In addition to being feted by Festival …

Insights
Should you postpone the wedding because of debt?

Q: I'm getting married, and my partner has hefty student loans and credit card bills. I don't. Should I be worried enough to reconsider?A: You're fortunate to have found someone you want to spend the next, oh, 60 years with.

6 things you should stop doing to your dining room table

Mind Your Manners: If you get an invitation, respond promptly

Outdoors
Thom Smith: Glass causes up to a billion bird deaths annually

Ellen Hand, a follower of this column writes concerning birds flying into windows, "I have tape with little squares which stick on windows and are unobtrusive (FeatherFriendly by the Convenience Group), but also decals are effective if enough are …

Ron Kujawski: Good fences make good gardens

Though the proverb "Good fences make good neighbors" originally dates back to the 17th century, it is most famous as a phrase from Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" from 1914. In the poem, the fence is actually a stone wall and that line is a …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Plant a tree on Arbor Day

A little before my time, 1872, to be precise, the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture proposed that the 10th day of April be set aside as a tree-planting holiday, and thereby named it Arbor Day, the first such celebration in the nation.

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