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On Call – Being a firefighter is much more than fighting fires

Dan Garner is a juggler by default. When he’s not suited up and responding to a call, the 45-year-old deputy chief of the Pittsfield Fire Department is consistently training his squad, writing reports, checking equipment—or taking care of his two… Read More

A Tanglewood Debut – The BSO unveils the much-anticipated Linde Center

It’s not everyday a new building appears on the Tanglewood grounds. So when one does, it’s crucial that it blend in rather than stand out, adding to the experience visually and philosophically. The first new construction at Tanglewood in 25… Read More

Summer of ’69 – When Rockwell’s picture-perfect America took a turn

In the summer of 1969, Norman Rockwell told a reporter for the Associated Press that his work had changed. He wanted to paint an image “that would bring America back together again—promote understanding.” He had just finished a broad canvas… Read More
Dr. James F. Birge

Ten Minutes With Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President

Dr. James F. Birge hadn’t planned to return to the area where he was raised. But come back he did, in 2016, to take on the presidency of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and to continue his more… Read More
Charles-Mann

Authors discuss their work and inspire

In an old town in northern Florida, a woman is walking at night. It’s raw weather and she walks fast, angry and alone. In the dark, her neighborhood looks half marvelous and half brutal—bird of paradise flowers and black swans… Read More

Master florist and gardener offer sage advice

When it comes to growing your own, cut flowers are the latest backyard crop, their popularity fed in large part by flower arrangements on social media feeds. “Every home can be made more beautiful with flowers,” says master floral designer… Read More

On a Sunday Morning –– Life lessons in the garden

I am a gardener. Not the fancy kind. My gardens evolve much like my cooking, an unplanned painting on a canvas where I throw things together and sometimes it is delicious, yet often it needs more. Always more of something.… Read More

MASS MoCA at 20 with Annie Lennox and Jon Hamm

Annie Lennox imagined a mound. A large earthen mound revealing pieces of her past she couldn’t let go. People would be invited to view these fragments, to learn about them, and, she hopes, to understand her beyond her musicianship. Perhaps… Read More
Dai Ban

The Art of It: Gatekeeper’s Aggression

On a bright morning when the hills are iced and bare, Dai Ban stands in his Great Barrington studio, tracing the shape of an abstract sculpture. He cuts his angles freehand out of foam core and seals them in Venetian… Read More
William Caligari

International Designer draws on local roots

His small leather-bound notebook is filled with sketches, notes, measurements, paint swatches, project ideas—and some French writing and a bicycle training diary for good form. What is most revealing is the range of work William Caligari does, from detailed decorating… Read More
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