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Celebrate Juneteenth with ‘Black Barbie’

The Netflix documentary directed by Lagueria Davis drops today.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 47: Balancing bears and ourselves

Through experiences such as these, people can come better to appreciate the natural world and to care about threats to its well-being.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Quietly overtaken

Good advice from our Self-Taught Gardener Lee Buttala: Nature renews herself. So can we.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 42: A time of suspension

This is the state we find ourselves in now: a liminal state, where, in the absence of certainty in our present and future lives, we look for what we can count on for stability outside of ourselves.

Fear gives way to quiet in the wake of COVID-19

In a letter to the editor, Rev. Robert Forman writes, "But this time of quiet sheltering in place has its own truth - just today, just now."

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 38: Comforts for the soul

Social distancing is easy in the outdoors, yet also offers the opportunity for community and connection.

The Coronavirus: How we got here

The ultimate test is a vaccine and a number have entered phase 1 trials, where they are tested for safety, dosage and the immune responses they provoke.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 21: The forest is a nomad

And perhaps that’s one of the problems with civilization. It unrests the soul.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 18: Mother Tree, now and forever

Right there, under scampering Lily and under me, is a world that I can only imagine, a city under a hill, the brain center of a family of trees.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 17: Ghosts

So Lily and I left the tree and went to my favorite spot, a rock beside Yokum Brook where the water tumbles beneath my feet, and I reflect on the various complexities of life.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 14: Day of the oysters

Morality, as I think about it, is about conflicting needs and demands, and choosing who or what deserves to be spared and who or what deserves to be sacrificed.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 5: City on a Hill

Oh, no—keep her off my mushroom city. My adored little dog has become a Godzilla threatening Gotham.

Adventure Recovery program uses the outdoors to help teens cope with substance issues

Despite the myriad changes Adventure Recovery founder Tim Walsh has undergone in the ensuing years, one thing remains constant: The No. 1 concern of teens who struggle with substance abuse remains, “I don’t want to get sent away.”

In My Back Yard

In my backyard, undiscriminating addiction is gutting our children, neighbors, families.

Great Barrington celebrates designation as Appalachian Trail Community

“More people are getting what it means to be out in nature. We get so keyed into electronic stuff, but the literature is out that there’s such a mental health benefit to time spent in nature. -- Deborah Phillips

IN THE FIELD: Indigo bunting, the dazzling songster

Indigo buntings are easier to see than many birds, because, in addition to living in open habitats, they like to find the highest perch and stay there, singing.

Bits & Bytes: Flying Cloud science grants; Teen short story contest; workshop at Pleasant Valley; Marin Marais at Aston Magna

Over the past 15 years, Flying Cloud Institute has envisioned an equal playing field for girls and women in the STEM fields in Berkshire County.
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