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MONTEREY — At Our Lady of the Valley Church in Sheffield a few years back, my Christmas pageant-participating child was cast as a camel to some other twerps' wise men. But in retrospect, … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Can empathy be learned? It seems to be in short supply in this country in these days. "Empathy" is the ability to understand and even share the feelings of others. It requires … more
LEE — I often recall when Stephen Jay Gould, one of the most prolific scientists of our lifetimes, spoke to an assembly in Great Barrington on a winter night, and offered this assessment of our … more
PITTSFIELD — Our dad rarely passed a hitchhiker, no matter how rough or ragged they might look, or how crowded our car might be. "Boys, make room," he'd say to his three young sons occupying … more
CLARKSBURG — A gentle snow was falling outside the window, a snow without the wind, a snow that likes to dance lightly in the yellow glow of the streetlights.Something happens to the hospital … more
To all the boys and girls,Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea,Joy to you and me." — Three Dog NightDALTON — Joy, joy, joy. It's the season of joy. If you don't feel some kind of joy … more
NEW YORK — One way to look at the city at the year's end is on the street level, where problems are always to be found.For example, in the streets near my apartment, besides the many homeless … more
PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield in the 1950s, more than most other communities its size, had a vibrant downtown center of commerce and social activity. It even had its own name — Upstreet. … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — So here are my yearly predictions. Let's remember the rules. Some I don't want to see happen so I predict them to put the double whammy on them. Some of them I do want to … more
CDC stands for "Centers for Disease Control", a national organization of over ten thousand people working to keep Americans healthy, who have just been told by the Trump administration that they are … more
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