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GREAT BARRINGTON — I was sitting on the couch when Murray, the world's cutest dog (bar none), came and sat down next to me.It was Father's Day so I was aware that I had to pay special attention to the little dog who, after our two grown kids, … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — On a stormy November evening in 2016, I led a meeting in the small patient lounge of the maternity unit of Fairview, our local community hospital in rural Western Massachusetts. As the meeting was scheduled at change of … more
To the editor:As a representative of Berkshire Country Day School, I write to express thanks and share how "neighborly" I find our local businesses from across the greater Berkshire region.Berkshire Country Day School holds an annual gala, Spring … more
PITTSFIELD — Once, when I was a little girl of about five or six years old, the family happened to be eating lunch in a restaurant when my mother looked over at me and ordered, "Stop slouching and sit up like a decent white child!"I remember … more
DALTON — My love of trains and Irish history came together in an odd way this week. It's no secret that a lot of Irish immigrants found work in dangerous jobs like mining and building railroads. I can document the fact that at least two of my … more
By nature, I am not a suspicious or skeptical individual, want to trust people at their word and be agreeable to reasonable requests. I also tend to comply with requests made of me by individuals I perceive as knowledgeable or persons of authority.I … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I have to admit, I didn't think the texting-while-driving controversy was a big deal, until I was almost killed because of it about six months ago. I'm not being dramatic. I narrowly missed hitting a tractor-trailer on Route … more
NEW YORK — I have been a film critic and editor of one of the most critically incisive, uncompromising and enduring film magazines in America, Cineaste, for over 40 years. I also taught a wide variety of film courses at a branch of CUNY and at … more
BECKET - The 20th century Chicago writer Nelson Algren is remembered for his novels "A Walk on the Wild Side" and "The Man with the Golden Arm," both of which were made into movies. Algren is perhaps better known for this advice: "Never play cards … more
In the 1950s, families in the Berkshires bought their first television sets. Back then TVs were only black and white and either large consoles connected to an antenna on the roof or a portable model with indoor "rabbit ear" antennas.Cable TV and … more
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