Money Honey

January 28, 2016 By Mickey Friedman Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters sang: “Well, I’ve learned my lesson and now I know/ The sun may shine and the winds may blow/ The women may come and the women may go/ But…

Help Mel Help

By Mickey Friedman January 18, 2016 Those of us who live in the Western end of the Commonwealth have long felt we’ve gotten the short end of the stick. The Boston Globe’s analysis of the 2014 Census data shows that…

Terror is Terror is Terror

By Mickey Friedman December 27, 2015 It is almost always the innocent who suffer. Whatever the cause, those who inflict terror invariably target the innocent. Those who shop in Baghdad, take the train in Spain, listen to music in Paris.…

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,…

The Dark Side

By Mickey Friedman December 16, 2015 Probably the worst thing about The Trumpster’s reality TV posturing is that he has turned all things upside down, fiction into fact. Telling lies, big and little. Moving from an amusing bluster to a…

Time is a River, Housatonic

By Mickey Friedman November 17, 2015 Not surprisingly, after all this time, politics prevailed. And the Environmental Protection Agency will allow General Electric to leave great quantities of PCB contamination in our Housatonic river system. Even though with every additional…

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…

Pinocchio 18, America 0

By Mickey Friedman October 7, 2015 Webster defines “devolution” as retrograde evolution: degeneration. Deterioration, decline, and downfall. In the 1960s, when hope and illusion twisted themselves together, people used to chant “the revolution will be televised.” All these years lately,…