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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.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Very Stable Genius’ — not

In retrospect, humiliating Sessions seems petty compared to reassuring the American public that anyone can get a test whenever they need for a virus that can kill them, when, in fact, they can’t get a test because this very stable genius had already presided over the mass firing of the very people who know most about viruses, and had already cut the budgets of every agency we’d normally rely on to combat the disease.

A dispatch from lovely Mexico, where officials were slow to react to COVID-19

While cases were adding up at BMC and shelves were being emptied at our local stores, Sayulita had dances on the plaza, populated beaches with margaritas flowing and vacationing tourists doing what they do unimpeded. It had been very difficult to reconcile these two worlds.

Local health officials on the coronavirus: Caution and common sense

"The likelihood of getting the flu virus — and dying from it — is far more likely than getting novel coronavirus at this time,” says Dr. Everett Lamm of Community Health Programs.

Dark times are upon us

"I still live with a faint sense of possibility that public life can progress, and that the forces of liberalism and social democracy (and hopefully decency, but that’s never guaranteed) will take power."

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Warning’ a chilling account of the Trump administration that’s not easily put down

At the end of the day, what’s most important is what Anonymous has been a witness to, and what we learn about our commander in chief.

Notes From Your Health Coach: A quest for true health

My quest for “true health” transformed not only my health, but my business and my life, as well. Today, at the age of 48, I feel better than I did in my late 30’s.

Bits & Bytes: Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA; ‘Green Inspiration’ art talk; ‘A New Mexico?’; ‘discontent’ at the Whit; Jayne Benjulian writing...

Led by veteran gallerist Geoffrey Young and joined by other artists featured in the exhibition, 'It's not easy being Green!' will deal with subjects such as how the Berkshires’ environmental features impact the artists’ work

WATCH: CLOSE THE CAMPS, Lights for Liberty protest in Pittsfield

Watch this video of local demonstrations against the detention camps along the U.S.-Mexico border caging desperate immigrant families who are fleeing savage conditions in Central and South America.

Courtney Maum’s new historical novel tackles art, coming-of-age themes

"It was really easy for me to imagine what it would be like for a young woman who wants to be an artist, who is watching her mother cavort with the world’s most famous artists, often talk all day about their art and then ignore her own creative production. So in that way, I identified very much with what that emotional neglect would feel like." --Courtney Maum

Our border crisis

If Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua are now countries to flee, shouldn’t we know that we helped to make that happen?

CAPITAL IDEAS: What happens in small-town America

Do you know who gets the worst returns in the stock market? People who buy something because it’s gone up in price and sell something because it’s gone down in price. Time and time again, following the crowd has proven to be the stupidest thing in the world of investing.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Shortest Way Home’: The making of a presidential candidate

“There is no going back … This is the deepest lie of our recent national politics, the core falsehood encoded in “Make America Great Again.” Beneath the impossible promises—that coal alone will fuel our future, that a big wall can be built around our status quo, that climate change isn’t even real—is the deeper fantasy that time itself can be reversed, all losses restored, and thus no new ways of life required." --Mayor Pete Buttigieg

REVIEW: ‘Team of Vipers’ spills secrets, exacts vengeance on fellow members of King’s Court

Is it possible the professed love of God that so many tout these days is akin to a one-way street? The Sessions’ kind of religiosity that permits wrenching immigrant children from the arms of their mothers and Cliff Sims’ ability to jump aboard the Trump Train as he ignores Mr. Trump’s pussy-grabbing sexual assaults, his repeated dalliances while his wife, Melania, was pregnant. Does God actually return the personal relationship favor? I’d like to think God deserves a higher class of devotees.

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

False: Donald Trump "58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas, with 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote."

The Emperor’s New Wall

The Wall was a solution that wasn’t. But best of all, the Wall was an answer to an imaginary problem that the Others would pay for.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Beer and the cost of brinkmanship

Negative effects will intensify and compound the longer the shutdown continues. If the government were to reopen today, the affect for this quarter would be nearly tripled due to the impact from workers not receiving paychecks.
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