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Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

Ormond Gigli, 94, of West Stockbridge, photographer of 20th-century icons

At the center of his successful oeuvre stands his best-known photograph, "Girls in the Windows," taken in New York City in 1960.

William Hilton Jr., 65, of Sheffield

An avid reader and collector of first-edition modern American books, Bill donated his exceptional library to the University of California, Santa Cruz in memory of his father, a like-minded bibliophile.

A matter of philanthropy – or vanity

Kids’ welfare ought to be our first, second, third and fourth philanthropic priorities and when the kids are all set with food, shelter, loving adults and good schools, then we may turn our attention to the adults, and then to the animals.

American in Paris: Notre Dame is burning

So many lives and beloved monuments have been lost in the violence of warfare and colonialism, and these losses were never honored.

POEM: The Homeless of Paris

A poem mourning the loss of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

Regina Dudney, 71, of West Stockbridge, TV producer, founder of Farmers Market

She met Merrill Grant, a budding TV producer, and they formed a close working relationship that lasted more than 40 years, until his death in 2015. Their organization produced such hits as “Kate and Allie,” “That’s Incredible” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Patricia Maggio, 89, of South Egremont

Pat worked for many years as an interior decorator for the NYC based family firm of J.P. Maggio Design Associates. Her projects ranged from stately brownstones to Manhattan penthouses.

Giving revenue to people can calm the carbon pricing angst seen in France

Late last month, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation to place a fee on carbon and allocate all revenue to households in the form of a monthly dividend.

REVIEW: New York Film Festival, Part 2

What I can speak about with great enthusiasm are two excellent documentaries that were part of the festival but not included in the main slate: one about perhaps the greatest filmmaker of them all, Ingmar Bergman; the other about the extraordinary earliest woman director, Alice Guy-Blache.

Book Review: Spilling our secrets in ‘The Perfect Nanny’

This is not a whodunit thriller; the first line is “The baby is dead.” By the end of page two, readers are clear who’s killed him.

CONNECTIONS: Coded messages

In the 19th century, the rules and rituals of courtship were prescribed by the church and then by society. However quaint they may seem to us today, we can identify with the underlying humanity and human yearning.

Dianne Cooper Bridges, 71, of Lenox

Dianne was a talented illustrator and graphic artist working primarily in Berkshire County.

Uncle Sam’s policy of Fickle Friendship: Two test cases

With a friend like the United States, what freedom-loving people – from the native tribes of New England to the self-liberated people of the Philippines – needed an enemy?

Jacqueline M. Miller, 97, of Lenox

Born in Paris, France, she was passionate about fighting injustice and helping others less fortunate.

Loet Velmans, 93, of Sheffield, author, journalist, prisoner of war, public relations pioneer

Upon retiring to the Berkshires Velmans wrote Long Way Back to the River Kwai, a war memoir detailing his adventurous escape from the Nazis and his imprisonment by the Japanese.
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