Jordan’s Journeys

A monthly column by Berkshire Family Focus teen writer Jordan Budaj about living and learning in the Berkshires, Berkshire County Massachusetts

Trying to enjoy the summer and avoid thinking too much about high school [COLUMN]

First things first, I will totally miss school, and I’m pretty nervous about high school. I mean, what if the first day I make a complete fool of myself? And going to McCann  …what if I’m like the girl who has zero friends? As I realize how big this transition is the more nervous I(…)

Foraging for food in the Berkshires — a great family activity [COLUMN]

Foraging for food in the Berkshires — a great family activity [COLUMN]

In the spring my family looks for the very first flower to bloom — a small yellow flower named, colt’s foot. When we see this flower we know that within one to two weeks our favorite spring delicacies will start to grow. My personal favorite, a wild onion called a ramp  (also known as a wild(…)

Berkshire area lakes, a great place for hours of winter family fun [COLUMN]

Berkshire area lakes, a great place for hours of winter family fun [COLUMN]

  PHOTO BY MARK MCILQUHAMIce-fishing, skating or just playing on the ice is a fun winter family activity in the Berkshires. Shown here, Natalie Pollard, reels in a fish at the Feb. 11 Jimmy Fund Ice-Fishing tournament held on Onota Lake in Pittsfield. Ice-fishing is an extremely fun way to spend a cold winter day(…)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Free Woman on God’s Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth ‘Mumbet’ Freeman’

 “If I had been offered one minute’s freedom and told at the end of minute I would have to die, I would have taken it, just to stand one minute a free woman on God’s earth, I would” ~ Elizabeth ‘Mumbet’ Freeman as told in “A Free Woman on God’s Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth(…)

The magic of the movies often begins in the Berkshires [COLUMN]

LEE — When I stepped into Animagic, an animation museum on Main Street in Lee that showcases the local talent and their role in animation and special effects in the film industry, last month, I was quite interested in what it had to see. I was thoroughly surprised to learn that movie-making had so much(…)

A lesson in U.S. history right on the streets (and corners) of Great Barrington [COLUMN]

A lesson in U.S. history right on the streets (and corners) of Great Barrington [COLUMN]

GREAT BARRINGTON —  Earlier this week kids in Berkshire County (minus myself and probably a whole bunch of other homeschoolers like me) got a day off in observance of Veterans Day. A few weeks prior to this national holiday I had the opportunity to think a lot about those who fought and continue to fight for(…)

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