Category: Great Barrington MA

Rise Up for Rising

March 26, 2016 By Mickey Friedman Like many stories, the story about the Lenox or Lee or Housatonic PCB Dump begins and ends with money. The money Monsanto made selling PCBs to GE and Westinghouse. The massive amounts of money…

Embrace the Geese

March 8, 2016 By Mickey Friedman Before the geese, Great Barrington didn’t need public relations. When I got here in seventy-two, there were fewer antiques and more junk. Joneses, a treasure trove of used everything. Bars not bistros. Railroad Street…

Want/Need

By Mickey Friedman December 3, 2015 “Want” and “need” often get confused. Webster defines “want” as “to desire or wish for (something)” and “to need (something)” or “to be without (something needed.)” But for me there is an important difference,…

One Man’s Save, Another’s Bye-Bye

By Mickey Friedman October 30, 2015 Eileen Mooney’s NEWSletter, the remarkable compendium of all things Great Barrington, has a comprehensive report on the planned demolition of the Searles School and the construction of the Mahidas’ 95-room hotel. This project, on…

From Can to Pan

By Mickey Friedman October 17, 2015 Over a bowl of Campbell’s Chunky Mushroom, Chef Bertram deMincemeat shared his plans and daring menu with local movers and shakers at NewBar&Grill@YeOldeFirehouse, the innovative retro-eatery due to open at 20 Castle Street next…

It’s the Economy

By Mickey Friedman September 30, 2015 I’m not an economist. And never played one on TV. And most of the time I have no idea what they’re saying. But there’s been a lot of talk recently in Great Barrington about…

#WE2BGB

By Mickey Friedman August 27, 2015 The tweedysphere has been blowing up with hashtag wetoocanbeGB. Or as the kids tweed, #WE2BGB. You can’t go anywhere in Berkshire County without hearing about it. People gathering in clumps in Lenox and Lee,…

Allez

June 22, 2015 By Mickey Friedman 2003. It seems like a lifetime ago when Republican Bob Ney renamed French fries because the French didn’t want to invade Iraq. We showed those Frenchies. Freedom fries not only tasted better but were…

I Know Defensive

By Mickey Friedman May 22, 2015 I’ve been lucky enough to have loved and been loved, in the short term at least, by a small gaggle of therapists. Of the Freudian, Jungian, Family, and Psychosynthesist persuasions, plus a Hungarian Jewish…

Maxy For Mayor

May 13, 2015 By Mickey Friedman They all have Japanese names, these incredible yellow machines that now make Main Street their home. My favorite, Komatsu. But they all do amazing work. Thanks to their humans. I’ve got a front row…

Goodbye

April 21, 2015 By Mickey Friedman We’re supposed to just get on with it. Embrace the future. Forsake sadness. As the past vanishes before our eyes. Exalt the instrument of transformation, the chainsaw. But during a moment of daydream one…