Hannah Van Sickle is a Berkshire County native who resides deep in the woods of South County where she spent summers as a child and is now raising her own daughters. An English teacher by training, Hannah now works as a freelance writer, academic tutor and writing coach.
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Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020 - Despite all the uncertainty swirling about that highlights all I can’t control, there is one thing I can control: the atmosphere inside my home.
Saturday, 28 Mar 2020 - Great Barrington — Suffice it to say crisis brings out the best and the worst in people. “I want to look at the best, although I also see the worst,” Eve Schatz Esq. told me in a recent phone interview. Schatz, the founder and executive director of Berkshire Center for Justice Inc., has made it […]
Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 - March 11 marked Gunn’s 90th birthday; his fervent wish is to see his family’s church preserved and returned to the center of community life.
Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 - A growing sea of similar stories that swell amid these trying times - when kids are out of school, parents are out of work, and the infrastructure of community that so many rely upon in order to survive feels tenuous at best.
Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020 - School districts are working with a cohort of community partners to address the growing need for support of families with young children during this unexpected break from school.
Monday, 16 Mar 2020 - “Just pause for a moment,” Barbara Bonner advises when contemplating forgiveness. “What must that person be feeling right now [to act that way]?”
Best-selling author Sue Miller, novelist Patricia Park, and literary magazine editor Dayna Tortorici are the 2020 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence
Sunday, 15 Mar 2020 - While the extended conversation, “Writers in the House,” has been cancelled, settle in here for an insightful look at how contemporary writers are looking at and responding to Edith Wharton’s legacy.
Friday, 13 Mar 2020 - Flying Cloud Institute's YouTube channel has at least a trio of purposes: Kids remain engaged in hands-on learning; activities can support families whose work lives are being disrupted; finally, there is an authentic audience to celebrate what kids are discovering and creating, even if it is outside of school.
Friday, 6 Mar 2020 - This year’s program will share how women all over the world are fighting for environmental justice in their own countries and communities while recognizing that the impacts of climate change are not evenly distributed around the world, and they are different for women and men.
Thursday, 5 Mar 2020 - Berkshire South’s Adaptive Needs programming teaches valuable life skills. All instruction is geared toward the unique strengths and challenges of each participant in individualized classes taught by highly trained staff.
Wednesday, 4 Mar 2020 - The program reaches underserved populations throughout western Massachusetts that don’t have access to healthy foods, including families, seniors and children.
Monday, 2 Mar 2020 - The students immersed themselves in Dominican life, each taking on a different role.
Saturday, 22 Feb 2020 - When Randy Weinstein came to live in Great Barrington at the age of 18, he remembered Du Bois’ name being “surrounded by controversy, [and] disparaging [comments],” at the time, something for which Weinstein had zero tolerance.
Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020 - In the end, Amber Chand is able to see all of her life as a gift, even the challenges.
Friday, 14 Feb 2020 - On Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of the town of Great Barrington’s W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival, Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre comes to Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington to present the performance installation “Between me and the other world,” which explores race, identity and Du Bois' seminal work “The Souls of Black Folk.”
Wednesday, 12 Feb 2020 - After myriad challenges in the six months since the 19-year-old Lee resident was struck by a car in Great Barrington, another new normal looms on the horizon: Khali is going to prom Saturday night.
Monday, 10 Feb 2020 - After the challenge of winter, Soldini craves the smell of spring and working outside, both of which give him so much energy as a chef. Soldini is always eager to teach others about the vast and varied cuisine of his native country.
Monday, 3 Feb 2020 - The show is a highlight of the local winter season and features well-known Berkshire artists.
Saturday, 1 Feb 2020 - True to the Berkshire County Branch’s commitment and mission since reactivating, it has effectively brought about significant change in the community.
Thursday, 30 Jan 2020 - The book is ultimately a manifesto that turns a regressive notion about the causes of domestic violence on its head by illustrating domestic violence as a public health problem with solutions.
Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020 - The coworking model blends the benefits of affordability; like-minded working folks; energy of a shared work space; and dedication to what happens there despite individual projects.
Sunday, 19 Jan 2020 - Everyday Democracy helps people create spaces where they can build skills to bring difficult topics to light and address them effectively over the long term, helping communities move conversation into action, and action into lasting positive change.
Friday, 17 Jan 2020 - Much has been written about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington, but there's little on his legendary speech and how King came to write it.
Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020 - If you count yourself among the 1 in 5 Americans estimated to be taking part in Dry January, don’t despair; the local food scene might just be enough to satiate your need for heading out for a night on the town sans alcohol.
Saturday, 11 Jan 2020 - Dr. Jeremy Stoepker has worked to create a safe zone in his office by providing informed, compassionate medical care to LGBTQ patients.
Tuesday, 7 Jan 2020 - Maum calls on more than 150 experts in their respective fields, from agents and authors to editors and publishers, who reveal everything one might want to know about publishing but was afraid to ask.
Monday, 6 Jan 2020 - “As our Berkshires community — and the world’s population — grows older, this exhibit reminds us all to look beyond stereotypes and to know that growing older can encompass more curiosity, creativity and community engagement than ever.” -Megan Whilden, Berkshire OLLI executive director
Thursday, 19 Dec 2019 - Since April, Hinda Bodinger has become synonymous with raising awareness about the detriments of plastic through her Facebook page, Plastic Free 413.
Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 - There is something refreshing in both the subject and the process Kalish describes; it allows the viewer, regardless of their experience, to interface with the art in the absence of expectations or an answer.
Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 - Her exposure to other cultures, and how they deal with cultural and social issues, got Eve Schatz thinking: Could a holistic approach, to address a trinity of issues simultaneously, be employed? Her answer was a resounding “yes,” and the Berkshire Center for Justice was born.
Monday, 9 Dec 2019 - If Jerome Edgerton Jr. had to distill his message down to a single takeaway, it would be this: “No matter where we go . . . we’re going to step out as a powerful unit, and we’re going to create this wave of momentum and positivity that will affect our community.”
Thursday, 5 Dec 2019 - As the audiobook unfolds, the reader quickly learns of the central tension: Eleanor, a self-proclaimed “great reader,” aspires to devour the books her grandfather has written, despite her mother’s estimation that “a nine-year-old girl wouldn’t understand them yet.”