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Edouard Manet’s “Oysters” from 1862 is one of the many
illustrations Maryann Tebben uses to explain the ways that French
cuisine is inextricably bound with that nation’s culture. 
Photo courtesy the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.​

Food for Thought in a New History of French Cuisine

Not everyone sees it as cuisine; some people just consider it food. But whether you’re devoted to the simple cooking of your childhood or the elevated gastronomy of kings and socialites, you understand that what we cook and what we eat shapes more than just our bodies; it also shapes our culture and our view of the world.

Robert Oakes will talk about his book, “Ghosts of the Berkshires,” Oct. 28. Photo submitted​

Tales of Old Ghosts Of New England

It’s called “New” England but our region is, of course, one of the oldest parts of the U.S., so of course there are more stories about ghosts and ghouls and the unexplained here than there are in newer, shinier parts of the country. 

“Reproduction,” a photo on canvas by Susan Rostenberg, is part of the Great Hollow Invitational Art Show in Sherman, Conn., and a focus of
 a talk on the famous Rostenberg conifer garden, called
Peter’s Opus. 
Photo by Susan Rostenberg 

A Virtual Glimpse into an Enchanted Conifer Garden

This is the time of year when we begin to think of evergreens and pine cones in preparation for the winter months and snow and holiday-season wreaths. 

Just in time, there will be an online presentation about conifers sponsored by the Sherman, Conn., library as part of the Great Hollow Invitational Art Show. 

Millerton News reporter Kaitlin Lyle advocates for journaling as a way to store memories and also to work out problems you aren’t necessarily ready to talk about yet. Photo by Hunter O. Lyle

Turning The Page This Fall With Journaling

Take it from someone who’s been practicing the art of journaling for more than a decade: You may just discover more about yourself with a pen in hand and a blank page than you might suspect. 

Who knows what treasures lurk in the back of your closet? Perhaps a pledge paddle and a giant egg cup … Photo by Leila Hawken

Weeding Out the Walk-In

The fall season inspires many of us to tackle tasks in home spaces holding essential and non-essential stuff that has built up over the summer, or longer. Take, for example, a walk-in closet that has become a stretch-to-reach-in closet with various objects blocking the way.

“The Cuban Affair” by Nelson DeMille, “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque and “The Proud Highway” by Hunter S. Thompson are all books that transport the reader away from the stress of quarantine. Photo by Hunter O. Lyle 

Forget the Plane — Flip The Page Instead

Autumn is typically a time when we dive back into books, after a summer spent, ideally, on vacation. But with the world in disarray as it is now, summer travel was nearly impossible, — and if you’re anything like me, five months of being cooped up have left you looking for any way out.

If you don’t find a commercially produced pumpkin spice latte that’s to your liking, try making one yourself. It’s surprisingly easy. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Tips From an Expert: Finding the Best Pumpkin Spice Latte

The arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte to the Starbucks menu has become a harbinger of autumn since 2004, when it was first released. 

Now, more than 15 years later, almost every establishment that sells coffee in America has its own pumpkin spice latte recipe that it sells from late September through October. 


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