Carole Owens

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A resident of Stockbridge, Carole Owens is the author of seven books, three newspaper columns, and numerous feature articles. As a local historian, Owens was named Scholar in Residence by the Massachusetts Council on the Humanities.

Articles by Carole Owens

CONNECTIONS: The way it used to be

Tuesday, 1 Aug 2017 - Perhaps we could gain a better understanding of the Trump White House and the characters therein by imagining them as 5 year olds.

CONNECTIONS: Handbook for dictators

Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 - Silencing the press may be difficult, but why bother? Just challenge everything reported as fake and untrue. The stations aren't silenced, but no one is listening.

CONNECTIONS: Lessons from the spinsters of Stockbridge

Tuesday, 4 Jul 2017 - In the midst of the upheaval, the disruption and the shocking bad taste, it is nice to remember old values. It is with a sigh of relief we remember a strict morality, a common decency and a regard for good taste.

CONNECTIONS: An Age gilded by mirth returns

Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 - The difference between the British and American novels of manners was that the British novelists could rely upon the stability of their society. In America, Wharton’s characters were either on their way up or down the social ladder.

CONNECTIONS: Gilded Age pomp and ceremony

Monday, 19 Jun 2017 - The hosts and hostesses of Gilded Age were undoubtedly our first celebrities and, just as our current celebrities, they set the style in art, architecture, interior design, clothing and feasting.

CONNECTIONS: Our pugilistic politics

Tuesday, 6 Jun 2017 - Are we a country irreconcilably divided? Rather than one issue, we seem unable to discourse rationally about climate change, immigration, health care, taxes, Russian espionage, or the man in the White House.

CONNECTIONS: Words from before the grave

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - Fearing death was near, knowing his minor child would be alone, Campbell wrote a long letter telling the story of his family. He wrote of the unsavory and the decidedly unavailable without a hint of where to turn when orphaned.

CONNECTIONS: Scaling the upper crust

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - America did not invent aristocracy – first we ousted it and then we imitated it. If there is an America form of aristocracy, it is probably celebrity and absolutely wealth itself.