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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


Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 - Unresolved and never abandoned, it is the push-pull between the sides that make America what it is, make our politics what they have been.

CONNECTIONS: The tale of the honorable traitor

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2018 - Jackson appealed to Fellows to allow him out each day to work so he would not “waste time and lose money.” If he were allowed out each morning, he faithfully promised to return to jail each night.

CONNECTIONS: Tanglewood, a crucible for the best in humanity

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018 - In this current contentious climate, there were 10,000 or more people gathered in peace and quiet demonstrating good manners and good grace. That was a snapshot of America as important and compelling as any “breaking news” about violence, corruption, or hate.

CONNECTIONS: Owning a Berkshire lib

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2018 - Paul Solovay pushes a bullhorn toward Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai outside the Great Barrington Town Hall during a July 22 speaking engagement at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.

CONNECTIONS: America’s core values: A refresher

Tuesday, 24 Jul 2018 - Those focused on the job and intent on completing the work assigned to them, those working for benefit of others and without an undue need to take a bow or toot a horn, those are the ones with the confidence to allow for others to thrive.

CONNECTIONS: Bow Ties snarl; Big Tents fold

Tuesday, 3 Jul 2018 - In a land far, far away, the two political parties skulked around the capital city calling each other names, playing dirty tricks, refraining from governing the nation in the name of party survival, and lying to the public about it. 

CONNECTIONS: A ‘goodie’ woman rebels

Tuesday, 26 Jun 2018 - By 23 years old, Julia Ward Howe was dancing and talking, although neither was sanctioned, and testing the waters of whatever else might shock.

CONNECTIONS: A sense of place

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - It is interesting that what draws many to Berkshire today is no different than what drew people in the 18th century: land. If we value our unique Berkshire communities, how do we protect and maintain them in this modern world?

CONNECTIONS: Recreating MumBet

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - We do not know how MumBet looked as a child or young woman. We do not know what she sounded like or what her posture, her gait and her gestures were like. Can we determine it at a distance of 300 years?

CONNECTIONS: Make America a democracy again

Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018 - “Democracy is under assault and in retreat around the globe, a crisis that has intensified as America’s democratic standards erode at an accelerating pace.” -- Freedom House report

CONNECTIONS: The makings of a dictator

Tuesday, 3 Apr 2018 - There are handbooks on becoming a dictator. You have to have the taste for it and the talent but, if you do: create an oligarchy, encourage thuggery, undermine checks and balances and silence the press.

CONNECTIONS: An accident brings a president to the Red Lion Inn

Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018 - As a result of the Sept. 6, 1901, assassination of President McKinley, three things happened: Theodore Roosevelt became president of the United States, the function of the Secret Service expanded to include guarding the U.S. president and William Craig was assigned to guard Roosevelt.

CONNECTIONS: A wireless tangle in Berkshires’ future

Tuesday, 6 Mar 2018 - Some are moved to ask: Which would you like more – a tree and patch of grass or a refrigerator that talks to the grocery store? Evidently the big ugly is coming with precious little to prevent it.

CONNECTIONS: Coaching and driving in the Gilded Age

Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018 - During the Gilded Age, the equipage, the livery and the horses as well as the skill in driving were sources of great pride. A local newspaper even gave a whole column for the length of the page to recounting the teams and mounts of local cottagers.

CONNECTIONS: A brief history of fake news

Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 - From editors blatantly trying to sell papers by any means to columnists courting readers to publishers trying to shape national policy, the people believe the fake news as readily as they believe the truth.