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, 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.
Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 - Voter suppression schemes target specific populations, generally nonwhites, and make it onerous or impossible to register, to get to the poll and cast a vote. Recent examples include the shenanigans in Georgia, North Carolina and North Dakota.
Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 - War in the 18th century was not in foreign lands, but on the settlers’ doorsteps. It brought death, and Stockbridge had little with which to fight affliction except prayer.
Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 - Might not public hearings commence so we as a nation can come together, experience the presentation of evidence, and agree on the necessity to bring a charge (impeachment) or the lack of justification for impeachment? Every report ends with the words “we must wait for Mueller.” Must we?
Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019 - It appears that national emergencies were declared in time of war or when the emergency was clear to all, dire, and demanded immediate attention. The power grab was for a specific purpose and time-limited.
Tuesday, 8 Jan 2019 - Benedict Arnold is a name synonymous with treason. The facts seem clear; the motivation eludes us. Why did Arnold do it? Were his actions motivated by love, greed, hubris, or a rich mix of all three?
Tuesday, 1 Jan 2019 - In April 2018, the Association of American Medical Colleges reported increasing physician shortages in both primary and specialty care.
Tuesday, 25 Dec 2018 - At this time of year when we focus on gifts, visiting, punch bowls and groaning boards, let it be resolved that we remember the humanity of our neighbors – even the humanity of those who disagree with us on issues we hold dear.
Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018 - Christmas as we know it—the trees and wreaths, bells and caroling, gifts and good food—is a 19th-century invention. The authors, literally, of the modern celebration were a Stockbridge spinster and a German immigrant: Catharine Sedgwick and Charles Follen.
Tuesday, 20 Nov 2018 - I was transported to a time in life when we still believe in magic, when smiles do beam and the only appropriate words are "ooh” and “ah."
Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018 - It is unbelievable to me, but this year I wrote my 500th column.
Tuesday, 6 Nov 2018 - The following year, Bryant was 22 years old. He was living in Great Barrington, working for the town, and practicing law. He would remain in Great Barrington from 1816 to 1825—out of place and out of sorts.
Tuesday, 30 Oct 2018 - If you are under 50 and, during your life, rights were ever-expanding and you thought it would be ever so: Did you hear the door slam?
Tuesday, 23 Oct 2018 - It is harder to understand why American citizens would undermine elections. Yet, in American history, the movements to be inclusive have been balanced by the movements to remain exclusive.
Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018 - The wedding present Irene Botsford Hoffmann received from her father was a house. It was built on her 43-acre property and named Overbrook.
Tuesday, 9 Oct 2018 - The Sketch Club was founded by Berkshire native and Great Barrington attorney William Cullen Bryant. With friends, Bryant transformed the Sketch Club into the Century Association.
Tuesday, 2 Oct 2018 - Berkshire County is particularly interesting as an architectural exhibit. Given New England practicality or parsimony or respect for our history, we didn’t always tear down and build new: We save our old houses.
Tuesday, 25 Sep 2018 - The Bostock Wild Animal Show was booked into the Academy of Music for a week. At the end of the run, two caged lionesses were being lowered from an upper window to street level. The cage door broke open and the lions leaped out.