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What is a “third place,” and do you have one?

The term “happy place” is not in the Oxford English Dictionary (though “happy slap” is), but I’ve been hearing the term a lot. There’s even a new shop in Great Barrington called HappyPlace Berkshires. I first dismissed it as therapeutic slang, but discovered that the concept actually goes back to the Greeks: a utopia is a

By |2020-05-13T15:37:06-04:00November 1st, 2019|Berkshire Blog Archives 2004-2023|4 Comments

CHINA Town Hall comes to the Berkshires, Karen Christensen to speak

The National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) is mentioned in the opening to today’s New York Times feature on Chinese president XI Jinping's first state visit to the United States. The #NCUSCR has been at the center of US-China people-to-people exchanges since 1966, and is soon coming to Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

By |2024-01-09T13:28:36-05:00September 22nd, 2015|Berkshire Blog Archives 2004-2023|0 Comments

Berkshire Notes: The Worst Kind of American Exceptionalism

Greetings to all Berkshire authors and friends [this message was sent by email to contributors around the world, but we’re posting it here, too, so we can add comments and notes – and we welcome comments], It gave me heart to read that pro-gun politicians weren’t answering their phones last weekend and that not one of

By |2012-12-21T16:47:03-05:00December 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Chinese Firm To Build Friendship Wall between Mexico and US

1 April 2012, Great Barrington, Massachusetts—While construction slows in China, new opportunities for foreign investment and international cooperation beckon. The Northeastern Friendship Construction and Heavy Industry Transportation and Advertising Company (NFCHITAC), a division of National Pacific Patriotic People's Southern Construction, Investing, Securities, and Commercial Services Group (NPPPSCISCSG), has been selected for the construction of what is

Taking public education seriously

As Berkshire Publishing focuses more on education, on learning as well as teaching, I found myself reflecting on a passage from a book called The Company of Strangers, by Parker Palmer. I read this book in the course of my research on community, and even though Palmer's worldview is Christian and mine is not, I found

By |2012-01-19T17:17:10-05:00January 19th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The O’Reilly Factor, Great Barrington conservatives, & “bridging” social capital

Great Barrington got national press in December 2007 when the conservative television program "The O'Reilly Factor," which provides the inspiration for Steven Colbert's wacky parody "The Colbert Report," came to town. I wrote about it here on the Berkshire Blog and made the assumption that local conservative George Beebe had been recruited ahead of time for

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