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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

CONNECTIONS: The servant girl and the Riggs Center

Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 - An aging servant named Mary Hickey developed an unusual strategy for survival. Old, jobless, penniless, she roamed from great house to great house and slept in whichever bedroom she found unoccupied.

CONNECTIONS: Cottage industry

Tuesday, 10 Sep 2019 - It was Austen Riggs who brought the Coonley family to the Berkshires. Riggs founded his therapeutic community in 1919. Mary Lord Coonley was on the first board of trustees.

CONNECTIONS: Feme covert, feme sole

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 - Mostly a wife was protected from having any rights at all. The wife’s opinions and desires were not considered — “the perfect marriage was one mind and two bodies.”

CONNECTIONS: Women in the news

Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 - Nonetheless, they did it; they nominated a woman, the first one ever. It was, after all, Stockbridge.

CONNECTIONS: A woman of means

Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 - The personality characteristics of a good wife and those of a successful independent woman were very different in 18th-century America.

CONNECTIONS: Thinking ahead

Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 - In 1907, there were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

CONNECTIONS: Perils of population growth

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 - The things that attract young telecommuting families are changed by their coming, and in an effort to accommodate them, we create the things they travelled here to escape.

CONNECTIONS: Searching for the American Centinel

Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 - It is remarkable that anyone thought they could start a newspaper with little hope for advertising revenue and less hope for reliable delivery. And yet, on Oct. 23, 1787, the first issue of the first newspaper in Berkshire County, the American Centinel, appeared.

CONNECTIONS: Sowing seeds of terrorism at our border

Tuesday, 2 Jul 2019 - There may also be disagreement about what to do with the children separated from their parents, but there may be another question worth answering: Are we creating a generation of terrorists?

CONNECTIONS: Tall tales from afar

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019 - There are stories from foreign lands and, much like our own, some are true, some are wildly and obviously untrue, and others apocryphal.

CONNECTIONS: Speechless in Scandanavia

Tuesday, 4 Jun 2019 - After the first pass through the fjords, a waiter at dinner found more words than I could. He was loquacious; I was struck dumb. We stood together staring at the mighty, towering, silently thundering beauty.

CONNECTIONS: Truth or consequences

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - That was the reason our Founding Fathers divided power among three co-equal branches and gave to each the power of checking the other—it was the safeguard against autocracy.

CONNECTIONS: A question of unintended intent

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 - “Where I disagree is that, sadly, it sounds as if you believe ONLY the man’s intent matters. Equally, it matters how the woman experiences it. So if the man says 'I intended no harm,' that is half the discussion; that doesn’t end the discussion."

CONNECTIONS: Waiting for Mueller

Tuesday, 9 Apr 2019 - All the clever people who were calculating the odds, acutely judging the politics, and weighing cost/benefit, what do they have to say now? All elected officials who cared more about keeping their jobs than doing their jobs, how do they like waiting for Mueller now?

CONNECTIONS: The counterfeit veto

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2019 - Untruth from the White House to the public is rife. Actually, it is more subtle than Twitter rants riddled with identifiable lies.

CONNECTIONS: The unspeakable climate

Tuesday, 5 Mar 2019 - It is interesting to contemplate that weather is blamed for the demise of the Vikings, the French Revolution and the bubonic plague. It is also interesting that the founding of this country, the creation of our Constitution, the Civil War, American industrialization and our Gilded Age all happened against a backdrop of extreme cold and global climate change.

CONNECTIONS: Tales of corruption, past and present

Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019 - Spiro Agnew countered that the investigation was a “witch hunt.” The investigators were “liberals and biased.” Loudly, Agnew argued that the allegations were false, politically motivated and a sitting vice president could not be indicted.

CONNECTIONS: Affairs of state, or state of affairs

Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019 - Were we simpler and purer then; were the scandals? Were we more sensitive to over-stepping and wrong-doing, less willing to overlook it and quicker to condemn? Perhaps, but explicit details rouse emotions then and now.