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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: Is two-party system at risk?

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020 - Like now, at the time of the birth of our nation, there were two parties: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. Within three decades, one would disappear.

CONNECTIONS: Family history

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 - I have often mused on how my progenitor was granted Pennsylvania and died a pauper. We consider these things just as my grandson places his finger on the scale of history.

CONNECTIONS: Trophy homes

Tuesday, 7 Jan 2020 - One similarity between the island mansions and the Berkshire cottages may be the reason they were built: They were status symbols. No one claims, not even the owners, that 20,000 square feet is necessary.

CONNECTIONS: Sugar plums, Santa Klaus and Christmas trees

Tuesday, 24 Dec 2019 - The symbols we treasure today were gathered up and incorporated into our modern celebration of Christmas: the tree from Germany, songs from England, the jolly gift-giver from the Netherlands, and recipes from all over the world.

CONNECTIONS: A holiday story

Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 - One afternoon I got off the school bus and my dog was not there. I ran home. My mother, who was no good with dogs and didn’t pay them much mind, had not seen her.

CONNECTIONS: Unpopular presidents

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 - All five received mixed reviews, but possibly all presidents do. What they accomplished and how their terms were characterized varied.

CONNECTIONS: The rise and fall of Shadow Brook

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.

CONNECTIONS: Polarizer in chief

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”?

CONNECTIONS: Confronting sexual abuse

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.

CONNECTIONS: The idea of America is in danger

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.

CONNECTIONS: Mary Flynn, sage of Stockbridge

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.

CONNECTIONS: Courageous women

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.

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?