Christmas is so much different than when I was young. Does it take being 55 to realize this? I think back now, I have more than 50 Christmases in my memory that I can lucidly recall…I think about each year and when we put on Christmas music they flood back my memories. The difference as an adult is that at a certain age you’re released from the duties of having to buy presents for everyone–and even for your significant other, it becomes more of a
I had a lot of company on my walk today — runners of all sorts and descriptions warming up for the 10th annual Hot Chocolate Run to support Safe Passage. It was a perfect cold December day, gray skies but no “weather.” The high-energy pre-event had everything: gaiety, laughter, an all-female drum corps, an oompah tuba, recorded James Brown belting out “I Feel Good”; children all over the place, some of them appearing to be pretty serious runners. The 5-kilometer run/2-mile walk event supports Northampton’s
I am looking beyond the holidays today, off to a magical event that was the highlight of last winter. That would be the upcoming Masterpiece Ball in Celebration of Downton Abbey, to be held on Friday January 3 at the Log Cabin. What a wonderful night it was last year! With fascinators flowing above the womens' elegant gowns, and men in crisp white shirts and tuxedoes, there were also people dressed as Downton characters, like a nurse and a doughboy. The food was exquisite and
Television has never been better. I say that thinking about a fair number of my friends and acquaintances who eshew the box, and don't miss a chance to tell you that they don't own a TV. But they're missing so much! There are a few moments in America when everyone is watching the same show like we're all on the same page. It's like the old days of Ed Sullivan, when there were only four channels anyway, so the water cooler would be abuzz with
Mary told me the other day that Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday of all. She likes the big family gatherings, and spending time cooking with her sister Annie.
What I like about this holiday is that it lasts longer than many holidays what with that Friday in between that everyone takes off. I thought about some of my Thanksgivings of the past and for this I did what I often do, looking at my blog archives to see what I was writing about.
On Friday night we enjoyed a night of fine swing jazz at the venerable Arts Block, the place that's transformed the arts and music scene in Greenfield. The singer's voice was clear and the trumpet player wore a bright red shirt and belted out songs like 'Bill Bailey' and other standards. It was another example of fine music coming out of the woodwork, and for only $10 it was a bargain. To find out what's playing at the venue, visit their website http://www.theartsblock.com or find
A beautiful fall Saturday, and the kids turned out to skate at the Veterans Field skateboarding facility. Suddenly, three fire trucks, an ambulance and a police car were at the scene. Every parent’s nightmare: an ambulance has been called for your kid. The fire trucks provided manpower, ladders and ropes: a boy lay hurt at the bottom of the bowl. Kids stood around, or floated about on skateboards and scooters, seeming dazed and upset by the accident that had befallen one of their own. Over
Meet the only store that Wal-Mart fears: Aldi. The German-owned chain of small grocery stores has a lot of reasons behind their spectacularly low prices, and a story today on a foodie blog called forthemammas.com explained some of them. It starts with the size of the stores...none of them giant caverns like Target or Wal-Mart. And the number of employees--it takes just three or four and they do everything--multitasking on shelf stocking, cashiers, taking out the trash....everybody does everything. But what about the quality? According to
The first hint was orange-flagged stakes. Mass Development’s four-home project on Laurel Street is about to get underway. Pat Goggins, whose agency is handling the mini-development, says the first house will be built on the lot closest to Grove Street. That will be a model home. The adjacent lot is already under deposit. The houses will be under 2,000 square feet and cost from $359,000. Work is expected to begin within a couple of weeks, with completion next summer. Builder Carter Scott of Transformations Inc.
This morning was gray and cold, but late afternoon brought brilliant sunshine with the crisp air. Scarlet winterberries glowed alongside the connector from Earle Street to the Manhan bike trail, and as the sun set, striated clouds and small, puffy ones vied to glow as bright. OK. Pretty. But the sun sets so early! And gee, it was cold. An underdressed cyclist rolled by and expressed that very sentiment. I was in Michelin mode, layers of wool and puffy down; hat, gloves and scarf. What