Wellness by the stars:  What your sign can tell you about how to eat, exercise, and chill
Jun30

Wellness by the stars: What your sign can tell you about how to eat, exercise, and chill

In the work-driven culture we live in, self-care is sometimes lost in the abyss of work, chores, sleep. To make matters more complicated, we all have ways of taking care of ourselves that are strikingly different from one another. Yoga, while good for all, can be painstakingly boring, even stressful for some, for example. And those exercise routines, intellectual and spiritual pursuits, and creative endeavors are just as important as...

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The Pour Man: Acrobats that aren’t  too sweet
Jun30
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Nominations are in … See who’s moving on to the next round in the Grand Band Slam
Jun30

Nominations are in … See who’s moving on to the next round in the Grand Band Slam

Thank you to everyone who nominated a band for the 2015 Grand Band Slam. Below is a list of the top 25 vote-getters. The bands are a good mix of the Valley’s musical scene featuring rock, country, hip-hop, reggae, dub, heavy metal, folk, industrial, and “other.” The next wave of voting will be online at http://www.valleyadvocate.com July 9-23 (don’t worry, we’ll remind you). Right now we’re busy building a page that can host music...

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Breaking Dad, an occassional series of parenting bad-vice: The Cheeto Full Monty
Jun23

Breaking Dad, an occassional series of parenting bad-vice: The Cheeto Full Monty

So this, it turns out, was the Father’s Day I had Cheetos up my nose. Not in a funny way, but more a sort of philosophical reverie way, like that glazed look you get after you’ve had seven ice cream sandwiches and a heat stroke. This was the latest result of my parentage principles, which I have been asked to share with you via this occasional column. (Because, no doubt, I’m a father of three — Dempsey, 3, Winona, 6, Charlene, 13, and...

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My Favorite Walk: Ruins and Raptors on Easthampton’s Manhan Rail Trail
Jun23

My Favorite Walk: Ruins and Raptors on Easthampton’s Manhan Rail Trail

Rail trails are a dime a dozen around these parts, but Easthampton’s Manhan Rail Trail is, for me, the finest of them. In the middle of its run, it dissects a nondescript end of town, crossing busy Union Street beside a stripmall, a melancholy ATM, and a gas station. Granted, not far from that crossing you’ll find some intriguing outposts, including Tandem Bagel, a well-landscaped former depot building full of tasty round diversions...

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My Favorite Walk: Strolling With the Heifers
Jun16

My Favorite Walk: Strolling With the Heifers

There’s nothing more amazing than walking to your own theme music. As a nearby high school marching band lifts flutes, trumpets, and saxophones to their mouths, and the drummers behind them start to tap out a more insistent beat, I can’t help lifting my feet in unison. This, I think, is going to be awesome. Another local photog once told me, “The great thing about parades, Micky, is that they come to you.” I suppose that’s fair. But...

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