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RICHMOND — My mother said pulling weeds was a great remedy if you were really upset about something. She recommended weeding the beets, especially, since it's picky work and requires focus. … more
The other day, I caught myself using President Donald Trump's favorite catchphrase, or verbal tic, at the breakfast table. Horrified, I resolved to be more careful, but out of curiosity searched the … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — So, should we legalize sports betting? They did it in New Jersey, and my bet is that the bridges and tunnels leading there will be very busy.Like the casino movement, jealous … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — America needs Henry David Thoreau now as much as it did in the first half of the 19th century, when he called on his countrymen to pay attention to the natural world, shun … more
BOSTON — Today in Massachusetts five more people will die from an opioid overdose. Tens of thousands more remain trapped in cycles of addiction. This crisis is personal. The victims are our … more
PITTSFIELD — Last week my wife and I traveled to New York City to take in a show. Afterward, As we descended the steps of Lincoln Center to Broadway, we heard a pitiful moan — a female … more
NEW YORK — When I think about Nazism, some of the images that usually first come to mind are of the Reichstag fire, the SS goose-stepping through city streets, German troops and tanks marching … more
WESTPORT, Conn. — Will the singularity resemble the rapture, or will it be more like Armageddon? This is not an eschatological debate about Paul's First Epistle versus the Book of Revelation; … more
PITTSFIELD — As I was talking to members of the Berkshire delegation among fellow-delegates at the Massachusetts State Convention, one thing began to emerge after numerous conversations. … more
EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — The sun is barely up; the heat rises in the valley below, dispelling the morning fog. Finally, summer is a'cumin' in. The morning chorus is not migratory loud, but it's … more
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