Life In the Berkshires

Connections: First Thanksgiving, the real story

Tuesday, Nov 25 - The slave trade in the New World did not begin with Blacks kidnapped from the African continent and taken to America. It began with Indians kidnapped from America between 1614 and 1620 and taken to Europe.

Culinary Adventures: Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Markets

Wednesday, Nov 19 - There will be more than 40 vendors at the holiday markets. Booths for farmers are so popular that there is a waiting list for vendors. The Berkshire Grown holiday markets have built a solid reputation for quality of merchandise.

Connections: Contagion

Tuesday, Nov 18 - In 1785, the problem was that inoculation against Small Pox was outlawed in many states including Massachusetts. People who had suffered and survived a ravaging disease now faced prosecution.

Notes, footnotes & queries

Monday, Nov 17 - While the top floors of the Castle Street firehouse are occupied by town inspection services, the ground floor isn’t going entirely to waste. Three antique cars are nestled under wraps in the back bay.

BerkShares Business of the Month: Great Barrington Bra & Girl

Tuesday, Nov 11 - Find your niche and don’t be afraid to reach out to someone who is doing something similar to you. We reached out to our friend Tony Chojnowski in Lenox to help us with our business plan. I think that most people in the Berkshires would help someone just starting out.” -- April Burch, co-owner of Great Barrington Bra & Girl

EDGE WISE: The mourning after

Thursday, Nov 6 - Change is accelerating and taking us forward in ways we cannot predict. We are going to need every ounce of community spirit, every fiber of resilience, courage and compassion in the months and years ahead. 

Connections: In politics, nothing new under the sun

Tuesday, Nov 4 - To an historian, all the money spent during campaigns seems silly. Millions, perhaps billions, are spent to present the same opposing positions in almost the same words fighting with the same tactics.

Eat well, live well: How do we get children to eat well?

Monday, Nov 3 - What we should be most concerned with is that children are eating real food, not processed junk. It is the job of the parent to offer (and offer is the operative word) a variety of nutritious foods, in a developmentally appropriate form, in a pleasant environment.

‘The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites’

Friday, Oct 31 - In the second installment of "The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites" we visit Faye, in Suite 32: "She had a strong face – a prominent nose that might overwhelm but for her jutting cleft chin. Red hair dyed to the limit of respectability, definitely a hussy shade, created a nice frisson with her Ph.D."