Health

Processed foods aren't all bad - it's how they're made

Ah, processed foods. The term has become a sweeping generalization for anything that comes in a bag or a box. Even my nutrition advice usually includes the general statement "eat less processed food and choose fresh food instead." But that sentence …

Ask the Doctors: Patient care top priority for all doctors

Q: Do hospitalized patients really get better care from female doctors compared to men, as a new study — and now many headlines — claim? A: My initial reaction when I saw this study was one of denial. As a man, I viewed the study — …

Study: Your hearing may be damaged by everyday things

Forty million adults have lost some hearing because of noise, and half of them suffered the damage outside the workplace, from everyday exposure to leaf blowers, rock concerts and other loud sounds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
Food

Bits and Bites: Lunchtime film discussion, pancake supper slatedd

LUNCHTIME FILM TALKHevreh of Southern Berkshire will host Lunch N' Learn with Rabbi Jodie Gordon: "Reel Theology," a cinematic exploration of belief, at 11:45 a.m. today, Feb. 22. The film to be discussed is "Defending Your Life" (1991).What …

Try a champagne cocktail that's dressed up

Whether you are a film fanatic or just in it for the gowns, awards season is a no-brainer excuse for a theme party. Hollywood glitz and glamour offers the perfect opportunity to pull out your fancy Champagne flutes and costume jewelry for an affair …

Cheesy baked grits a deeply satisfying staple

A kind of carbo-licious porridge made from dried and coarsely ground corn, grits are to Southern cuisine what potatoes are to Northern cuisine — a deeply satisfying staple. Like squash, tomatoes and deep-pit barbecuing, grits came to define …
Berkshire Lifestyles
'Work Pause Thrive': It's OK to pause for parenting

It's no secret that working parents have a difficult time with the elusive work-life balance. For starters, there is the 40-hour workweek, which often spills beyond 8-hour days. Then there is the ever-present flow of emails, meetings and occasional …

Book review | 'The Butcher's Daughter': A story of survival, suffering and, finally, making peace

Opening in April: TV's 'Nashville' stars sing way to Madame Tussauds

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The Mount In Winter

LENOX — On a cold snowy evening in winter the home (modeled after a 17th century English country house in Lincolnshire) of the famous author, artist and humanitarian Edith Wharton opened its …

A Berkshires New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a momentous time when all people come together to celebrate the present year and reflect upon days gone by: days of happiness and joy, accomplishment and success, love’s abundance, but also sadness and pain, discouragement and failure, heartbreak. The new year gives each one of us the opportunity to begin again, and as the sun’s golden rays stretch out upon our majestic Berkshire mountains, we visualize brilliant horizons before us and dream of new days to come.

Hey, that’s a great ugly sweater!

PITTSFIELD — A kaleidoscope of color combined with creativity, individuality, whimsicality and purposeful gaudiness — all executed with panache — described the atmosphere at the …

Insights
Tips for how to talk to your lawmaker at a town hall

This week some lawmakers, but fewer than in the past, are conducting town halls. There they face angry, energized voters who are out to defend Obamacare or implore lawmakers to investigate President Donald Trump.If you, your family, friends or …

Learn the art of makeup: 'It's a form of expression'

It's not too early to think spring: 4 steps to start seedlings

Outdoors
Stargazers |On the Wings of Pegasus: Spotting the celestial unicorn

Among the stars of the night sky lie constellations that derive from real and imaginary people, animals and objects, but rarely can anyone trace the images they represent. Take, for example, the flying steed known as Pegasus. I defy anyone to look …

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: eBirds is good guide for beginning bird watchers

Q: I am retired, and somewhat new at bird watching (and not that much better with a computer). I wonder if there is a good Internet source to learn about birds seen in the Green Mountains. — Helen, Vermont visitor

Stargazers: Viewing the crescent Venus at dusk

It was during the early years of the 17th century that the Italian astronomer Galileo turned his new optic tube skyward.Many people believe that Galileo invented the telescope, but this just isn't so. The optical tool most likely came from Holland …

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