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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Politics slowing the recovery

Dalton -- We’re entering the third quarter, which has historically been the worst quarter of the year for the stock market. We’re also entering...

Berkshire theaters make history: Partial summer season approved

It seems that both Berkshire Theatre Group and Barrington Stage Company are on the right track to restoring our sense of what is beautiful and possible in our lives starting in August.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Treading water

The stock market is always going to have corrections. For me to say that we’re going to get a correction isn’t me pretending to say I am Nostradamus. Corrections happen all the time.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

But, of course, why should conventional beauty matter? Quite right! Somehow, we got stuck with this false premise that beauty is the most important quality a woman can possess.

I love a parade  

I'll tell you: Be your own damn parade. Be a one-person parade.

Exclusive interview: Keith Lockhart talks about the July 4 Boston Pops ‘Salute to Our Heroes’ broadcast

The upcoming Boston Pops July 4 broadcast is not all reruns. It will also feature newly created content, including the entire Pops viola section playing "Over the Rainbow" and a virtual performance of Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams' “Summon the Heroes.”

A cook bakes

There are chefs who excel in both baking and cooking just as there are musicians, such as Yo-Yo Ma and Peter Serkin, who excel at interpreting classical music scores and improvising over a jazz chart.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Tic Tac market

The stock market often does whatever it must to frustrate the most people possible.

Forced out as fire chief, fined by state ethics panel, Skorput seeks to reclaim seat on select board

In the last 12 months, some of the board's meetings have been standing-room-only and the manners among some attendees have been anything but mild.

Theater in the time of COVID-19: How area theaters and theater artists are coping during the pandemic

I asked the directors of several area theaters how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their theaters and their staff in ways that might not be so evident to the lay public.

PERSPECTIVES: Adjusting to a world post-pandemic: Berkshire gyms adapt in ever-changing environment

The demand for exercise hasn't wavered while people have been stuck indoors.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Looking nifty at fifty

Just because I am almost fully invested in equity for the growth portion of my portfolios doesn’t mean I don’t see the risks.

Meals and messages: Two students provide nourishment for Berkshire healthcare workers

We provided 110 wraps from Guido’s Fresh Marketplace to every staff member at the Cancer Center in Pittsfield.

The no-Tanglewood salad

I am here to remind you if you can’t listen to the Boston Symphony Orchestra live while picnicking on the lawn at Tanglewood, you can still picnic on a lawn somewhere and perhaps even listen to a BSO concert.

Better Days Ahead

Mock me if you must, but I’m now ready and willing to own up to the fact that even though I may not have a Jeep, that doesn’t stop me, every single time I see their commercials, from singing along with my Jeep-owning friends.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Hong Kong Phooey

Stop. Stop it. For the love of all that is holy, stop saying that there will be a V-shaped recovery coming out of this recession.
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