Memory Lanes

The Side Trek was the name I gave to my quarterly column in Valley Living Magazine in 2006, using my dread for driving on highways to take readers to the byways of Western Massachusetts.

It morphed into a blog in 2010 which included more side treks on the back roads of the Pioneer Valley, but also became a bricolage of pithy posts about current culture, politics, sports and other quirky musings.

This blog compiles some of those past posts and photos.


Pioneer Valley Tales & Trails
travels along the back roads of Western Massachusetts

Holiday Letters
oversharing letters from a typical if fictional Valley family the Bidrights

Old Post Road
posts and pix from the original blog 2010 – 2016