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.
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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.
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.
Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 - In 1902, while attending a conference for the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in Great Barrington, Frederick Stark Pearson purchased the Tuller farm on Seekonk Cross Road.
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.”
Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 - Nonetheless, they did it; they nominated a woman, the first one ever. It was, after all, Stockbridge.
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.
Tuesday, 6 Aug 2019 - Although the sisters lived apart for many years since Smith College days, they kept a constant correspondence.
Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019 - The biography is something like a Wharton novel: Wharton emerges as a compelling character and the last two and a half decades of her life emerge as a compelling time.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019 - The New York Times described Lenox as “all gaiety, life and fashion.”
Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019 - Oscar Wilde defined it as “A time when single women seek husbands and married women hide from their husbands.”
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.
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.
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 - Amy Bend and her dire economic and social circumstances were the model for Edith Wharton’s Lily Bart in "The House of Mirth," published in 1905.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - From 1739 to 2019, Stockbridge residents have stepped forward, taken the rough with the smooth and done the work.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 - Three tourist magnets are in Stockbridge while many say these establishments are in Lenox. Who cares? Is this a petty error or a serious one?
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.
Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019 - The Lenox railway station serves as a museum and tells the Berkshire railroad story. Step inside and step back in time when trains moved America.
Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 - Today, 1 percent controls 90 percent of the wealth. Will there be an unstoppable shift away from democracy?
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."
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?
Tuesday, 2 Apr 2019 - We need to know what is real. The facts are the basis for good decisions. Our entire form of government ceases to work without real news.
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.
Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019 - Lenox is known as a Gilded Age resort and many of the mansions are restored and open.
Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019 - Follow Route 7 from Williamstown to Great Barrington and experience American history.
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.
Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019 - When community crumbles, does government weaken? Some Berkshire towns have paid town managers but by and large, we are governed by our citizens, who willingly take on a huge obligation for a pittance. They do it for love of place.
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.
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.