In money matters, there is world of difference between giving to those who need help, and bailing out those who don’t.
At the beginning of Lawrence Douglas' career, the Amherst College professor spent years at odds with himself. Douglas is a professor of law, jurisprudence, and social thought. His novel "The Vices" was chosen as a 2011 favorite book by editors at "New York" magazine.
The brain responds to many stimulants, powerful odors among them. Commentator Mira Bartok, who lives and writes in western Massachusetts, finds that when she follows her nose, her mind is filled with a rush of memories.
Mira Bartok's memoir is called "The Memory Palace."
Although the afternoons can still be golden, it's dark by dinner time. For commentator and food writer T. Susan Chang – the changing light is a reminder to plant garlic before the soil freezes. Chang – who lives in Leverett, MA, — has a new book; it's called "A Spoonful of Promises."
Commentator Michael Carolan – a literature professor at Clark University who lives in Belchertown, MA , was one of the many who went a week without power in the wake of an October N'oreaster. It got him thinking about powerlessness.
The 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers was an exciting, back-and forth affair. Just the kind of excitement that got commentator Daniel Bellow up in arms, when he heard another public radio commentator suggest a truncated series.
It's time to revisit some essential advice we got from parents. Commentator Mark Edington says their pearls of wisdom could still change your life.
Mark Edington is an Episcopal priest and Executive Director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory. He lives in Hardwick, MA.
The weather has always been unpredictable, but after this season, western Massachusetts farmer Tim Wilcox is taking "a chance of rain in the forecast" more seriously. Tim Wilcox and his wife Caroline Pam grow vegetables at the Kitchen Garden farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts.
The Jewish High Holidays began this week with Rosh Hashanah. Turns out commentator and comic strip illustrator Hilary Price is still learning the rituals. Price writes and illustrates the syndicated strip "Rhymes with Orange" and lives in Florence, Massachusetts.
As the seasons change, so does the food we forage for. Commentator and food writer T. Susan Chang says come fall, how we eat and with whom we eat is also apparent. Especially as her kids go back to school. T. Susan Chang is a food writer and cook book reviewer in Leverett, MA. Her book "A Spoonful of Promises: Recipes and Stories from a Well-Tempered Table" will be published in November. You can read her blog at Cookbooks for Dinner.
The region will be awash in color within weeks, and many people tired of summer's heat will take renewed delight in the natural world. Commentator Mira Bartok is among them. But she adds a little mischief to the mix.
Mira Bartok lives in western Massachsuetts. Her memoir "The Memory Palace" is just out in paperback.