Vol. III No. 2 1/15/2022
Reader to Reader
The photos in all the SU issues have been FABULOUS! Stockbridge is lucky to have such talented photographers. But I have two comments:
- I view SU on my desktop computer, with window maximized. The rectangular photos usually fit on one screen. But the other aspects, the majority, do not. I have to scroll through each photograph to see the whole image, which decreases the impact for me. Maybe one of your readers can help with how to resize so I can see each image on one screen. Or maybe SU can decrease the size?
- It would be great if the outside-scene photo credits also included WHERE it was taken. For privacy reasons, I understand why inside-scene credits probably should not.
Keep great photos coming!
Thank you for writing. I don't know the solution. I am not tech-savvy, but I sent your question to Patrick White who is. Hopefully there is a solution. Patrick's response: Unfortunately, a portrait-oriented photo might not fit on your screen. It's formatted to look best when considering both smart phones and computers.
Happy New Year,
Happy New Year!
I appreciated your Editorial this morning. Ideals and Goals struck close to home for me. When I visited Stockbridge late in the summer of 1981 I fell in love with the town and couldn't have imagined changing anything. As a New Yorker by way of the Jersey Shore I wanted to figure out a way to make a life here. My first house purchase was in West Stockbridge in 1986 and then into Glendale in 2002. I was a part timer until 2011 when I embraced the fact that my business could be run from my front porch and Jersey was effectively in my rear-view mirror.
Your words triggered a memory of a conversation with my former wife while sitting in a restaurant in Ridgewood, NJ. In passing conversation she noted how great it would be to "have a restaurant like this in Stockbridge". It took but a moment wherein I replied, 'f-ck no; then it wouldn't be Stockbridge. It's clearly not a feeling held by many of the 60% of second homeowners; some of whom do want to reshape/remake the Berkshires in their own image. I do hope that more of that majority read your words and take them to heart.
My personal journey took me to a marriage with a woman born and bred here in Stockbridge so I've embraced the title of 'local' by marriage. I often joke that if my car still had Jersey tags when I pulled into her driveway for the first time she might have turned off the lights and locked the doors. Instead I learned that she saw Springsteen at the Music Inn almost as early in the 70's as this Jersey Shore kid saw him. I wonder how many of your readers know that the third stop on the Born to Run Tour was in Berkshire County?! At that moment I realized that maybe I was born in the wrong state and county and I had finally found my way home.
Historically and otherwise, let's not change a thing!
David (Sauer) Rosenthal
Thank you and happy New Year to you and Martha, Carole
I found your letter today to be an eloquent, understated, but utterly clear description of what Stockbridge stands for. And you didn't even mention Norman Rockwell! One passage was particularly telling. You wrote: [The rich] ... came to be with us because of our smallness, simplicity, and niceness. I'm not sure how you define "rich," but I am sure that those who gravitate here do so because, despite being rich, smallness, simplicity, and niceness are hard-wired into them and what they're really doing is reconnecting with themselves.
Kind of a homecoming they never anticipated.
How kind of you.
Photo: Patrick Wbite