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January 20 – While the Snow Gods have mostly danced far to the north of us so far this winter, those who live around Mongaup Valley and Smallwood, NY know very well that February is typically … more
December 30 – And here we are at the end of another year of life, dearly-precious, damnably-short life. 2022 has been a year of happiness and sadness for me, but sadness, alas, predominates. We … more
Once again, Dear Smallwoodian and Dear Mongaupian, we have reached the antipode of the Sullivan year. Where oh where has golden June gone, now? Days are short, nights bitter. Snowflakes fly at any … more
December 2 — This past Saturday, the Saturday after blessed Thanksgiving, two dear NYC friends and I attended the Smallwood Civic Association (SWCA)’s Turkey Trot Get Together on … more
November 18 — This week the first snow arrived in Sullivan County. As winter storms go here in the Northeast, this first snowstorm was a small one. The ‘expat-Canadian’ in me has … more
October 20 – I write to you this week from Berlin, Germany, a city which I once called home from 1981 to 1993. They were the happiest twelve years of my life, played out against the background … more
October 7 — The nights are chilly, really chilly, and each day on our way to wherever we are going we glance at the trees edging Rt 17 or Pucky Huddle and see that what was just yesterday … more
With the first day of summer this past Tuesday, there is lots of news to report about the goings on in and around Smallwood. Over at the Smallwood Civic Association (SWCA), the Association Board is … more
With a shining Memorial Day behind us, we the people of Mongaup Valley and Smallwood and Sullivan County are now in our high season “element.” Our element in incipient summer is a … more
Driving home tonight in the dappling light of sundown Smallwood, I was astounded to see how green the forest suddenly shone along the edges of Pine Grove Road. Hurrah! We made it through and IT, the … more
In the far north, still, the Gods of Winter are beating their drums past midnight tonight. We don’t want to provoke their anger; dare we say it aloud? THE SNOW IS GONE, LONG LIVE SPRING AND … more
Day and night and night and day, things are stirring in the Smallwood woods and the Mongaup Valley now. For a week or two already, their dizzying canticle resounds around the forest floor in the late … more
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