Health

Should boys get the HPV vaccine?

Q: My teenage daughter got the HPV shot. Should my son get it as well?A: The vaccine against HPV infection was initially created for females under the age of 26 to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Human papilloma virus, or HPV, has been shown to be the cause of virtually all cervical cancer cases in women. …

A 'check engine' light for your health

WASHINGTON — A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease.Geneticist Michael Snyder never …

Come prepared to a psychiatric evaluation

There are several paths to facilitate wellness for those with mental illness. Seeing a psychiatrist for medication is often part of the process toward improved health and well being. You do better when you're prepared for the visit.Have you ever had …
Food

Easy conversation, delicious food at Cricket Creek Farm potluck

Sometimes, everyone brings beets to a potluck. But when you're seated at a table covered with a brightly patterned orange tablecloth, handmade pottery, and a bottle of wine, it doesn't matter. It's still a warm, friendly, and unpretentious meal. …

Vietnam inspires a healthy chicken salad

Call it a resolution or just a last-minute attempt to button your pants, but come January, many of us strive to put the cookies behind us and make thoughtful food choices. But one sure-fire way to find yourself off track on a healthier eating plan …

'Oxford Companion to Cheese' leaves few holes in story of ancient food

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Cheese is far more than something slapped on a sandwich or sprinkled on top of a pizza, according to a new reference book edited by a Vermont professor.The more than 850 entries in "The Oxford Companion to Cheese," from …
Berkshire Lifestyles
'The Beautiful Dead' is solid psychological thriller

Art, obsession and the pull between one's professional life and personal life make a searing background for British author Belinda Bauer's new stand-alone psychological thriller.Although "The Beautiful Dead" succumbs to some stereotypes of the …

Conclusion of 'The Lost City' is disappointing

East meets west at live poetry reading

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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
Time to cut the cord on old electronics

I don't like looking at the three bins in my basement that are overflowing with old electronics, much less touching them. So let me make one thing clear: Do as I say, not as I do.Make a plan to sell, donate or recycle your old electronics now.

Mind your Manners: What should you do when someone passes away? Call, write and show up

Give your appliances some TLC in 2017

Outdoors
Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Annual bird counts inventory birds in Berkshire County

In my Dec. 25 column, I was hoping for birds from the far north to invade our area, though thus far I have heard nothing of the usual erratic species that surprise us in large numbers some years and are all but absent others. I anxiously waited …

Stargazer: Sirius - a stunning celestial sparkler

Every year around this time, I can expect my email inbox to overflow and my phone to begin ringing. Folks who spend time outdoors during early-evening hours in mid-January frequently notice a brilliantly sparkling diamond low in the southeastern …

Stargazer: Well, that's a star of a different color!

I've been gazing skyward for more than five decades, and in that time I've learned a few things. One is that novice stargazers have some deeply ingrained misconceptions about the heavens.For example, many think that we cannot see the moon during the …

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