Friday, May 24, 2024

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Harriet Bergmann

Harriet Bergmann is a long-time part-time resident of Mount Washington. She and her husband and their Springer Spaniel Banksy commute to the Mountain from New Haven. A retired professor of English, she's currently an adjunct at Yale, teaching creative writing. In New Haven she runs three memoir-writing groups. She reviews theater in the summer, gardens, and enjoys visits from her three grandchildren.

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Democracy enacted in a humble Mount Washington town meeting

The room became quieter as townspeople filed up and dropped their ballots in, and everyone sat down again to await the result.

THEATER REVIEW: Shakespeare & Company’s ‘hang’ interrogates words and their meanings

"In some ways, the play is an English major’s delight. The language is serious, funny, laden with meaning that it undercuts instantly. How difficult and satisfying it must have been for Regge Life to direct."

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Becoming Othello’ a round unvarnish’d tale

"[Byrd's] writing is believable, but her job as an actor is to make us feel the story she’s telling, too, the way that Othello makes Desdemona feel it."

THEATER REVIEW: Shake & Co.’s ‘King Lear’ should ‘speak again’ and clearly

"Lloyd might have overcome his foggy voice with physicality — a wringing of hands, a crossing of arms — but he uses few gestures throughout the performance."

Come hither

The ad for the contraption acknowledges that hummingbirds get energy from nectar and sugar water, but they need protein, too, and for that they eat the tiniest insects. Fruit flies!

A lexicon of wildflowers

When they are attractive, we call them wildflowers, but whatever their common name, they can be a nuisance.

Saving the last schoolhouse in the Berkshires’ smallest town

It's the North Schoolhouse that has gripped the town's imagination. Neglected and unused, it sits on West Street, too close to the edge of the road with no parking, absorbing the flow of water down the hill behind it.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.