Astrology: March 5-11, 2015
Mar03

Astrology: March 5-11, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19): To depict what lay beyond the limits of the known world, medieval mapmakers sometimes drew pictures of dragons and sea serpents. Their images conveyed the sense that these territories were uncharted and perhaps risky to explore. There were no actual beasties out there, of course. I think it’s possible you’re facing a comparable situation. The frontier realm you are wandering through may seem to harbor real...

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Cinemadope: HerStory, Early feminism and UFOs
Mar03

Cinemadope: HerStory, Early feminism and UFOs

I’m not sure exactly when it was that I realized that my mom wasn’t quite like most of the other moms in our neighborhood. And from the outside, at least when I was still a boy, maybe she didn’t strike others as different, either: husband, two kids, house, a station wagon that took her to a job ringing the register at a local supermarket. There were no price scanners then. But then she came home and sat next to me on the couch, and...

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Madame Barfly: Mix It Up, Take a Shot
Mar03

Madame Barfly: Mix It Up, Take a Shot

Shots cut to the chase. Whether you need some quick courage for that karaoke performance or don’t want a drink that sloshes on your dancing shoes, shots are great when you want to get that buzz rolling in one fell shoot. So, why not make it delicious? When it comes to shots, many — myself included — have been known to simply go for the hard stuff, straight up. But mixed shots can be fun, and absolutely delicious, when the moment calls...

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Putting Lipstick on a Slog: 17 ways to enjoy the rest of  your winter and get ready for spring
Feb25

Putting Lipstick on a Slog: 17 ways to enjoy the rest of your winter and get ready for spring

As New England natives, we’d like to humbly challenge T. S. Elliot’s assertion that “April is the cruelest month.” It’s March. The month is a tease, punishing snow and winds one minute and green leaves coaxed by a soft breath of spring emerge in the next. March playing hard to get with spring could be cute if it wasn’t riding in on the heels of two months of freezing temperatures and whipping ice storms. We’ve come up with some ways...

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Local Books Worth a Look: Check out these five new books with Valley connections
Feb25

Local Books Worth a Look: Check out these five new books with Valley connections

The Valley is full of talented writers. Here’s a sampling of recent work by local authors, and one book that’s all about Amherst. More Money Than God By Richard Michelson “Some poets wrestle with ghosts. Michelson invites them to sit at the kitchen table, crack jokes, give advice, live and die all over again.” — Martin Espada, American Book Award winning poet A children’s author and art dealer, Michelson’s third book of poetry, “More...

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Adopt-A-Hydrant  Northampton residents clamor to  claim orphan hydrants
Feb25

Adopt-A-Hydrant Northampton residents clamor to claim orphan hydrants

Dear diary, Today white stuff started falling from the sky — again. Burying my stout, red body deep beneath the stuff, but at least it’s hiding the chipped paint LOLZ. Snow, is what the double-stems walking by call it as they roll it up in their cloth-covered spigots and throw it at each other. It’s all dark and cold. These are the worst of times. Dear diary, Today I heard a distant scraping noise from the other side of the white...

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