The New Good Mother Myth

Are you mom enough? Writer and editor Avital Norman Nathman, who lives in western Massachusetts, was really tired of seeing this question in the headlines.

Western Mass. Ties to the U.S. Womens’ Olympic Ice Hockey Team

U.S. Womens’ Ice Hockey Team Mates Kacey Bellamy and Kendal Coyne studied and played at The Berkshire School. It’s the first Olympics for Coyne, who grew up in Illinois and now lives outside of Boston. This is the second winter games for Bellamy, who hails from Westfield. We spoke to their high school coach in Sheffield, Mass., Sylvia Gappa.

The New Music of Poor Old Shine

A profile of the evolving Poor Old Shine, a roots band out of Mansfield, CT, with members Chris Freeman (banjo), Max Shakun (guitar, pump organ), Antonio Alcorn (Mandolin), Harrison Goodale (Bass),