Monthly Archives: April 2017

Bluebirds and robins — Thom Smith

Have you ever seen a bluebird?  If you have, it is easy to understand how this beauiful bird got its name. How the larger American robin got its name is more interesting though. Homesick settlers (maybe even the Pilgrims) named our robin after their favorite bird, the robin red-breast, Britain’s National Bird. Both birds have similar…

Reading for Pleasure — Love stories at Williams

People are dancing bhangra and moonwalking in the living room and eating soup in the kitchen. The best man is trying on a grey silk sherwani, a long coat as close-fitting as the wool jackets college students are wearing at the university where his aunt teaches. Bollywood star Ria Parkar comes back to Chicago for her…

Thom Smith — Spring in the wings

As crocuses open on these early warm days, Berkshire Naturalist Thom Smith finds signs of the changing season. From early April through mid May, woodland wildflowers appear in greatest numbers and variety. While we thrill at the golden blossoms of the cultivated forsythia, we often overlook the abundance of eye-catching wildflowers. Before foliage covers the…

#BTW Flashback Pop Up Poets bring the word to the streets

Poetry on a park bench? I once talked with three New York poets at once from my phone on Spring Street, and it seemed right, because that’s the way they perform their work. As National Poetry Month picks up momentum, here are the Pop Up Poets telling me how poems can be as everyday a…