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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.

The Self-Taught Gardener: The procrastinating vegetable gardener

Beware, impatient gardeners. If you garden like Thomas Jefferson, you just might lose the farm! Here's better advice from our Self-Taught Gardener.

CONNECTIONS: Divided we fall

Our forefathers knew that in times of national emergencies, we win against an enemy by a national effort.

Larceny and treason in the early Republic

Not long after that encounter with Burr, letters from Barnabas to Mary began to include details of the suspected attempt by Burr to cede the Louisiana Purchase and create a country over which he could rule.

CONNECTIONS: Is two-party system at risk?

Like now, at the time of the birth of our nation, there were two parties: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. Within three decades, one would disappear.

Smug, mean and contemptuous is no way to go through 2020, friends

How much more convenient than acknowledging that advanced literacy and numeracy is still a shared, public responsibility, the provision of which requires financial sacrifice we’re not willing to make.

Great Barrington’s Laura Ingersoll Secord: Heroine or traitor?

At least a few residents of Great Barrington were aware of Laura Secord by the early 1900s. When the Ingersoll home was first moved and then torn down during the construction of the Mason Library, structural artifacts were removed and sent to Canada for a Laura Secord exhibit.

CONNECTIONS: The idea of America is in danger

If America is an idea...it would be in the interest of anyone who wanted to weaken America to weaken the public’s understanding of, and trust and belief in, that idea.

CONNECTIONS: Fake news, tool of the autocrat

We need to know what is real. The facts are the basis for good decisions. Our entire form of government ceases to work without real news.

CONNECTIONS: What a neighborhood — Stockbridge ca. 1750

War in the 18th century was not in foreign lands, but on the settlers’ doorsteps. It brought death, and Stockbridge had little with which to fight affliction except prayer.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Courtly behavior

Our Self-Taught Gardener Lee Buttala can't help but wonder why the U.S. Congress can't learn from the garden, where diversity gets along just fine.

The Self-Taught Gardener: The right fruit for the right place

Lee Buttala, our Self-Taught Gardener, learns lessons in biodiversity through a celebration of apples.

CONNECTIONS: A rebellion of ‘desperate debtors’

In August 1786, Daniel Shays, a Massachusetts farmer, ceased the search for “representatives who can find means to redress the grievances of the people” and took up arms.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Comey on Comey in ‘A Higher Loyalty’

Critical reviews of “A Higher Loyalty” are easy to find. Instead, I’m going to offer some excerpts many critics have neglected—reminiscences that reveal why James Comey has become the man he is, providing perspective about why he responded the way he did to the Clinton email investigation and the improper demands of Donald Trump.

POEM: Dreams of a Leader

Well, sure. TR had to go. And no great loss. Presidents look stupid wearing glasses.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘White Trash,’ keepin’ the rednecks down in America

White trash: He and she are our neighbors and fellow citizens, and their inability to make a decent living in this town is due to attitudes and policies far outside their control.

CONNECTIONS: Truth or consequences

Have we developed systems that protect lies? Have we confused unfiltered with accurate? Has truth become the victim of policy? If truth is holy, then who is protecting it and how?
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