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Well it is a sure sign that spring is right around the corner when my birds have come back. Last fall we had a flock of goldfinches with a pair of cardinals that would stop by every day through the … more
Are you looking for something different to do? Are you bored with your current surroundings and lifestyle? Want an opportunity to share a unique yearlong experience with three strangers? If so, it is … more
The Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association is diligently enhancing the visibility of travel opportunities within the Sullivan Catskills. Amidst an unprecedented boom in the tourism industry … more
It was March ‘76 and my new friend Patti and I were going to see a band whose leader, Clifford Carter, Patti knew from college, The University of Miami’s Music School. Thanks to Patti, … more
Even though the days are getting longer, it is still quite chilly out there and not time to rototill the garden yet. But hope springs eternal as we get closer to spring and warmer weather. … more
You do not have to be a spy or a secret agent to pass hidden messages and codes to people on a daily basis. Every one of us carries a multitude of paper that contains symbols, images and microprints … more
I wanted   to make a dish that reminded me of transitioning from winter into spring and this beautiful time of year. This pasta dish has comfort and creaminess but tons of bright flavors from … more
Though I could only type twenty-eight words per minute, my mother had the bright idea to send me to secretarial school. I attended a Katharine Gibbs-like school right up the street from where we … more
My wife tells me it must be a guy thing. She’s right. It is a guy thing. It’s something guys get and girls don’t. That’s not necessarily a good thing. It … more
As we inch closer to spring, we are reminded that it is still only February. Punxsutawney Phil did his thing, the Daytona 500 is this Sunday and last Sunday was the Super Bowl.   It was one … more
I hope some of my readers did not think that I was trying to “von Trapp” you into thinking this column was about that Julie Andrews musical.   This column is about a … more
Formed in ‘71, the band New York Dolls were forerunners of the punk scene along with T. Rex, the Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop and the Stooges. By ‘74, the Dolls had released two … more
Chips and dip is hands down my favorite snack of all time. With the superbowl just around the corner, there really is nothing better than a bowl of kettle cooked chips and a hearty dip while watching … more
So Punxsutawney Phil says we are going to have an early spring and they weather we have right now doesn’t feel like a typical February. I worry that if I start planning for an early spring … more
People often ask me how I come up with ideas for my column. I reply by saying that my “Random Thoughts” come to me by listening and observing the world around me. For example, I … more
To continue with my story about my friends the Orrs, I will be writing about Willy who was a boy they took in from the fresh add fund and continued to do so throughout the years. When Willy grew … more
Western Sullivan Public Library Director Do you have a favorite memory about visiting the library as a child?   Have you been back recently to see the new resources, programs and services … more
Jag is short for Jaguar of which there are two kinds, cats and cars. The ‘cat’ was Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. The car, his collectable E-type lime green Jaguar. Truth: Driving … more
Her shiny blond hair brushes the black leather of her bomber jacket.   Her browline glasses say smart but stylish. Her voice is enthusiastic but precise. Her grade in school? … more
Wintertime…a time to dream of warmer days. Some of us can afford to buy those warmer days by jetting to the South of France. I only wish I could. However, most of us hunker down in our snow … more
Around this time of year especially, the idea of wellness is always on my mind. It is really important to balance health in your lifestyle whether it be fitness, foods, self-care or all of the above. … more
Well, how have you enjoyed the winter so far? There has been at least a little weather for everyone to hate. Not enough snow for snowmobiling, not enough ice for ice fishing and just enough slop to … more
We have been on a roller coaster with winter weather this season. For the past few weeks, it seems like we have some level of accumulated snow every three days. Temperatures also fluctuate somewhere … more
The brutal cold from last week is gone and now back to some rain and a little ice. It’s still too early to start seeds indoors, but there are still plenty of topics to talk about. How about … more
I know where the time goes and what really happens in the last scene of “The Sopranos.” My knowledge of both is intertwined. Occasionally some event takes place to remind us of the … more
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