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PITTSFIELD — The contrast made it all the more painful.I had just concluded a week with the rabbinic faculty at Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge. Our theme was the biblical passage in which humanity is made "in the Divine image" (Genesis … more
RICHMOND — If the command to circle the wagons was given at Tanglewood, a melee would ensue as the lawn people scrambled to comply. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra draws more wagons than a country … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — As the political leadership in Washington grapples with the grim debate over who will have access to health care in the future, and who will not, there is, in fact, good news about health care in the United States. This … more
LENOX — If you're among the many Berkshires homeowners who rent out their abodes to help cover property taxes and other expenses, you'll have to wait until next year to find out about anticipated new rules, regulations and taxes that might be … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Several years ago (OK, many years ago), when I moved to Great Barrington, I lived in a guy's basement for a while. It was a space that had been converted into an apartment, but there was a boiler down there and when somebody … more
FITCHBURG — Compassion was missing among many when a GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act recently threatened health care coverage for those most in need, prompting the American Medical Association to voice opposition. A pioneering woman … more
So let's try to clear up some of the confusion over the sale of 40 of the Berkshire Museum's most treasured possessions in order to fund a renovation and facilitate a refocusing of the museum's mission. First, let us stipulate that many of the folks … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — We walked in Beartown State Forest on July 4. Our mission was twofold: enjoy the woods and informally evaluate a Department of Conservation & Recreation brochure for the self-guided, interpretive Benedict Pond Loop … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — "Would it be OK if Steve and I came up to see you next weekend? my eldest grandchild, Alyssa, asked when phoning from the apartment in New York City she and her bridegroom, Steve, moved into a few months ago. "It's more than … more
WESTPORT, Conn.— August in America, and according to a survey by AAA, 80 percent of us planned a road trip this summer. It's a tradition as old as the nation. So is writing about it. As Edna St. Vincent Millay, no stranger to a poet's … more
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