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Tattoos as Badges of Independence, Defiance and Survival

Body Art: Part II

Last week we took a look at tattoos and what they mean to people. This week we consider some risks, some details and some surprising uses.
Amanda Winans loves her tattoos. At 21, she is a college graduate and a graphic designer at The Lakeville Journal, and she lives at home with her parents to whom she is happily attached.
At 17 she wanted a tattoo. And being a methodical, orderly young woman she did her homework.

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Time for Trade Secrets

The Gardening Scene
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Some people mark their calendars a year in advance for Trade Secrets. For those not in the know, the gardening trade fair at LionRock Farm in Sharon is on May 19 and the four self-guided garden tours are scheduled for May 20.

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Bringing out the Best In Border Collies, Dogs That Need Work

Country Life
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Border collies are born to run. And to chase sheep. More accurately, they love to herd sheep and move them around. Sheep are not the smartest farm animals, but despite being relatively docile, they present a challenge to the dog trying to round them up. A little like herding cats.

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It’s Open Gardens Time Again . . .

The Garden Scene
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The most beautiful gardens transport their visitors to a kind of wonderland. Here — a column of trees frame a vista; there — an old stone wall draws the attention to cows contentedly grazing; and beyond — a gate beckons toward a hedge that might be hiding something.
Cobble Pond Farm has all of that and more and on Saturday, May 12, for just a few hours, from 1 to 4 p.m., patrons of the Garden Conservancy Open Days may tour the bucolic gardens on Jay and Kathy Metz’s estate in Sharon.

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Watch for a New Invader

The Gardening Scene

Last fall I returned from a trip upstate on Route 22, and just around New Lebanon I had to stop and take a closer look. There on the roadside in full bloom stood a colony of Impatiens glandulifera, aka policeman’s helmet or Himalayan balsam, a plant widespread in Europe.
I had hoped never to encounter it here.
It is a sister species of our native yellow jewelweed. Native to the Himalayan foothills and introduced as a garden exotic, it has been in Europe for the last 50 years and has become a huge pest along brooks, in moist meadows and open woods.

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It’s Nettle Time

Food and Gardens

I was weeding nettles from a garden the other day and felt the stings through my gloves and up my forearms.
Still, I like nettles a lot. I know the benefits of nettle tea, but have recently been told that the leaves can also be consumed in soups, cooked with other greens and vegetables and used as the main ingredient for a soda.

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TriArts’ Auditions

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Among the many actor/singers who auditioned last weekend (a mix of bold, or determined, or terrified performers of all ages) for roles in TriArts’ coming season was one Elijah Stone: a 4-foot-8, 10-in-March, tow-headed bundle of natural kid talent.
After he sang two numbers with conviction and charm, he took accompanist Michael Berkeley’s seat at the piano and performed a rollicking variation on Ray Charles’s “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.” By Monday he had his callback notice.
“You should get lost in your song and the character,” Elijah says.
And he does.

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A Spectacular Hike

Excursions
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Restless for a high flying, breezy excursion? A lengthy one? Complete with history, incomparable views of clouds, ships, water, a place for people walking their dogs, or sprinting half naked back and forth, or couples, all kinds, dreamily holding hands?
The Hudson River Walkway is for you.
Really. Just ignore that touch of acrophobia, and that secret fear that a river span will stand until you’re on it, and head for — at 1.28 miles—the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

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Still Shopping? Check Out These Ideas

Holiday Gifts
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Yes. Time is short. But here are a few ideas for memorable gifts.
For example: My daughter’s honeymoon in Hawaii was made more wonderful in that a significant portion was paid as gifts through an online registry.
The couple registered for traditional gifts, as well, but family and friends really latched on to the idea of buying a helicopter tour, or even toward travel, lodging and car rentals.

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Holidays Mean Food, Sweet Food!

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Among the 60-quart Hobart mixers and rumbling convection ovens Anne Dwyer was making cake one day last week. Not cake for a gingerbread house like the one she made for the Prime Time House fundraiser, bringing in $5,000 for that cause, but her Guinness chocolate layer cake wrapped in ganache, a favorite among Route 7 Grill customers in Great Barrington where she is the pastry chef.

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