Cosby Cost

Bill Cosby. Comedian turned leading man. The Cosby Show and I Spy were both barrier-breakers. A black actor as a physician head of household great Dad and adventure series co-star. In his personal life as well, Bill graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a doctorate in Education. He spread the message of the value of responsibility and that being smart was not ‘white’.  Giving aspirational speeches in the inner cities. Locally in Springfield and surrounding communities near where he has his residence. In Shelburne.

A true success story for a poor kid from the Philly ‘hood. Iconic role model. Yet. A fatal flaw has taken him down. Tragic. For decades before and after him.

Back to Future II

2015 the “future” when movie came out in 1989. It’s here. Constellations clear.

Turn of the calendar at Side Trek Falls. West End Pub’s crunchy grilled sandwiches overlooking Bridge of Flowers. Turkey with kim chee. Ham and cheese with chipotle sauce. Broccoli slaw with dried cranberries zesty refresh. photo-57-4

Visit to Wandering Moon jewelry. Laura Roberson’s artistry and collections afford auld lang silver cheer. photo-59-2

Did Jerry Jones pay off ref to pull pass interference call? Ask Chris Christie.

Parts Known

Back to CNN’s Parts Unknown. Anthony Bourdain this week brings us to Massachusetts. Assumed it would focus on Boston dining scene. Wrong! After taking us to his beginnings in Provincetown, land’s end of Cape Cod, he reveals that’s where his heroin addiction began. From there, he comes here. To Western Massachusetts. Route 91 North to SideTrekFalls. And Greenfield.

Heroin has been epidemic in these parts for decades. My former “facialist” first clued me in to the problem in Northampton in the late ’90’s. Kids of clients dead. From smack. It has only gotten worse as the economy declined. And when hometown sports heroes get injured, need surgery, they get hooked on oxy’s. Yup. Doctors as dealers.

Behind our red barns, beyond our fertile meadows, under our bridges of flowers. What you don’t see is a sorry scene. Bourdain is a brilliant journalist. cropped-shelburne-falls-18_3_21-2

Side Trek Thoughts

IMG_0776The Judge movie produced by and starring Robert Downey is finally hitting the screens. Filmed in SideTrek Falls locations around Western Massachusetts. Just follow the road over that red bridge. Speaking of which, Jennifer Garner’s production company has sold a sitcom to Fox about a young couple wanting to move to New York City but get pregnant and are stuck in Agawam. Down 91.

Michelle O finally got through to Barack. Man up! Fire that blankedy blank woman. Then there’s Zeke Emanuel who advises President on medical issues. Don’t worry. Ebola won’t come to our shores. It’s not good to listen to a physician who has announced that people should only live to 75 anyway.

I don’t dwell. Much. That often. Bon weekend.

Valley Currents

A new neighbor gave me her 2011 book. Finally got to it. Brooke Hauser’s The New Kids tells stories of newcomers to America at a Brooklyn high school for immigrant students. Every adventure could be a novel of its own. Journeys from China, Tibet, Sierra Leone, Burma. Beautifully written and true, it recounts these children’s harrowing paths to our shores and continuing travails. Yet, hope and inspiration prevails as the American dream is unique to each of them.

Northampton’s Peter Kobel finished a 5-year tome, The Strange Case of the Mad Professor: A True Tale of Endangered Species, Illegal Drugs and Attempted Murder. A twisted trail that leads an off-kilter academic to NYU Anthropology Department Chair. He went to jail in the early 1980’s for manufacturing LSD and quaaludes, ostensibly for research on lemurs in his lab there. When paroled, he sent poisoned chocolates to the sentencing judge. Back to jail.

Jason Reitman’s movie Labor Day, filmed in Shelburne Falls, is making its debut at the Telluride Film Festival. Based on Joyce Maynard’s novel, it’s timely for the holiday as her former paramour J.D. Salinger is back in the news.

Braised Hake. RecipeDetours.

Downey Town

Robert Downey, Vincent d’Onofrio and Robert Duvall are hits in Shelburne Falls as they shoot scenes for The Judge. Our favorite SideTrekFalls has been converted to Carlinville, Indiana. The New England village’s banks, banners, shops magically conjure up the mid-western town. Bridge of Flowers in full bloom (above) is a perfect backdrop for any movie set.

Down river, The Voice’s finalist, Michelle Chamuel, is being regaled in Northampton at her former employer, Woodstar Café. Also at Bonne chance et bon weekend. ~Bridge of Flowers header photo: G. Levine

Shelburne Falls Movie Set


Another film to be set in SideTrekFalls, our favorite tableau. The Judge, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, is rumored to start production in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts this summer. A drama/comedy.

Still haven’t seen Labor Day come to the screen yet. Jason Reitman’s movie set, starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. Based on J.D. Salinger’s paramour’s book.

Dr.Husband’s Shelburne Falls header photo above.