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Of all the pieces I've written in the past six months, this is the only one I wasn't sure I wanted to do. My emotion and attachment to the subject combined with the raw nerve of recency made me unsure, but I will try my best.President Barack Hussein … more
PITTSFIELD — The year 2017 has been full of recognition for incredible black cinematic creations."Hidden Figures," "Fences," "I Am Not Your Negro," and of course the winner of the Oscar for best picture, "Moonlight."The Academy Awards was a … more
EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — The days are cold and gray; nights, dark and frigid. The entire natural world is at a snowbound standstill awaiting the gradual warming of spring. February is the hardest month, a month when food supplies dwindle or are … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — I felt like a 7-year-old again when UPS delivered packages to me in the week before Christmas. A few days earlier, my daughter, Jennifer, called from her home on Long Island and said, "You'll get boxes before I come up for … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — At the 2017 Bay State Games Figure Skating Competition, held at Williams College's Chapman Rink, I was glad to not be a judge. They are respected, have comfortable chairs to sit on, and are up close to the rink for a good view … more
STOCKBRIDGE — For more than 200 years, a hotel has sat at the corner of South and West Streets in Pittsfield. There currently is the Crowne Plaza, which The Eagle reported earlier this month is facing foreclosure proceedings. more
WESTPORT, Ct. — On Inauguration Day, we celebrate the quadrennial culmination of our democratic process and the beginning of a fresh cycle. As the White House estate welcomes its new residents, the Fourth Estate faces grave … more
PITTSFIELD — Inauguration is a word that etymologists have traced back to describe a ceremony in early civilizations by which augurs (interpreters of signs and omens) determined whether an event sanctioned by the people would have a favorable … more
As a youngster in the 1950s, my first experience at checking out library books was right down the street from my home at the "Bookmobile." It was a treat in the to have a library come right to your neighborhood. With the family car at Dad's work six … more
By Leonard QuartNEW YORK — I have recently read a couple of books that strikingly invoke childhood and adolescence. One of the two is "Another Brooklyn," Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical, fragmented, dream-like novel about coming of age as … more
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