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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.

Articles by Hannah Van Sickle

Compassionate Friends: Healing and hope for parents who have lost a child

Saturday, 16 Dec 2017 - A local couple who suffered tragedy returns, 26 years later, to offer seeds of healing and of hope to families who have lost a child. The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of the Berkshires, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its first monthly meeting on Friday January 5th at 7 p.m. at 275 Main Street in Sheffield.

Itinerant artist envisions an Earth saved by children

Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 - “I have survived by hiding -- in the woods and on the street... How do I walk a path to honor [the gifts I’ve been given]? I don’t know where to fit in.” -- Itinerant artist and songwriter Dorrie, during an interview at Construct Inc. in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Pleasant and Main in Housatonic: Village companionship — and sour cherry pie

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 - “Thanksgiving,” Craig Bero explains. “It’s my favorite meal of the year.” This year will mark his third at the corner of Pleasant and Main, and he’s already talking about the baked beans – a blend of cranberry and black turtle beans – he’ll have cooking over the fire out back, not to mention eight turkeys, hand-plucked.

Setsuko Winchester’s ‘Yellow Bowl Project’ explores the fear of immigrants

Saturday, 9 Sep 2017 - Perhaps by exposing these places of ‘fear’ we can finally exorcise the shame and guilt, and move forward rather than blame the victim or shame the oppressors. In other words, I hope we will always remember and try to forgive. -- Setsuko Winchester, creator of Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project

Flying Deer Nature Day: A celebration of nurturing all life

Friday, 16 Jun 2017 - I will be at Flying Deer Nature Day, as the proud Mama to one of 13 girls in Moon Tribe, the rites-of-passage program for girls between the ages of 11-13, designed to support girls as they move through early adolescence, learning about themselves and the world and discerning their identities as young women.

Dewey Hall celebrates its 130th year as Sheffield’s cultural center

Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 - “I love that Dewey Hall provides an experience of history, a tangible sense of continuum… We're invited to create personal memories, to mark our family milestones and engage our friends and neighbors in a space that holds 130 years of collective history.” -- Erika Ludwig, Dewey Hall board member

On Writing: An interview with author Courtney Maum

Sunday, 11 Jun 2017 - Courtney Maum, the acclaimed author of ‘I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You,’ has just published ‘Touch: A Novel.’ Her book launch, signing and panel conversation will take place at 2 p.m. at 9 Greenwoods Road East in Norfolk.