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, 12 Nov 2019 - There are many stories, true or apocryphal, about the size of the house. Suffice it to say, it was the largest private house in America on the day it was completed.
Tuesday, 5 Nov 2019 - If everything is reduced to for and against, then it is reduced to choosing sides. And if that is how “news” is presented, why are we surprised that the country is “polarized”?
Tuesday, 29 Oct 2019 - It was, in its way, a precursor of the Civil War. The intensity of the fight for one side to preserve its wealth, power and way of life cannot be overstated.
Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019 - If you include the whole spectrum of sexual and physical abuse from causing discomfort to perpetrating assault, then every woman you know has suffered — your mother, sister, wife and lover — at one time and to some degree.
Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019 - If America is an idea...it would be in the interest of anyone who wanted to weaken America to weaken the public’s understanding of, and trust and belief in, that idea.
Tuesday, 8 Oct 2019 - Ruberto was unconflicted about what his job was. He was an elected official and to him, that meant a servant of the people: a worker for the common good.
Tuesday, 1 Oct 2019 - Right from wrong was a thing about which Miss Mary never was in doubt. Also, like Pelosi, Miss Mary acted out of her own convictions, never swayed by the praise or criticism of others.
Tuesday, 24 Sep 2019 - This is a story, like many of Fisher’s, that seeks to strip away the stereotypes and misconceptions to reveal the worth of the real person — stories about the sort of courage it takes to find your voice and claim your rights; not the triumph of powerful armies or powerful men, but the triumph of the neglected.
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?