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September 2013

Lastword: Perspectives

The horses stand at the gate.
“Where have you been?” ask their eyes and ears.
“I’ve been writing.”
“What’s that?”
“It’s my art of arranging words — the sounds you hear me think to express the ramblings of my mind — so many other humans may know them.”
“Primitive!” they say with a twist of lips and narrowed eyes.
“Humans aren’t horses,” I remind. “We’re a relatively new species, still trying to figure things out.”
The thought “too much figuring” takes form within, as I catch my mare’s mischievous grin and glint of eye.  Read more

Sentences

The word-seeds that seed our sleepless nights
with consonants and vowels, left alone unsyntaxed

never hear the light of day‑
unfurl and stretch in banks of clouds

or along long streams before they disappear
into sentences never spoken.  Read more

Multiple Choices

“When you have a million choices, you have no choice at all.”
— Barry Schwartz, “The Paradox of Choice”  Read more

Niqab

I did not know the girl behind the veil. I could barely see her eyes. Yet, I could feel her humiliation, her disgrace, her indignation. It stabbed at my heart to see her being treated as an outcast. These strangers treated her with contempt, simply because of her dress and her foreign tongue. A compulsion came over me. I needed to experience this persecution for myself so that I could better understand, so that I would never forget that an individual should be judged by their actions and values, not by their outward appearance.  Read more

Literary Gazette 2013

Published annually, the Literary Gazette is a unique niche product showcasing the region’s rich literary flair. Each issue centers around a certain theme, and poems, stories and essays by area writers explore that theme. Past themes have included “A Sense of Place,” “Compassion,” “Nature,” “Bridges,” “Roots” and (for the upcoming issue) “Dreams.” Each Literary Gazette also features the work of an accomplished area photographer, whose pictures provide images related to the theme, serving as emphasis and counterpoint to the poems and stories.  Read more

Pedestrian killed on Route 17B in Town of Bethel identified

The victim/pedestrian involved in the accident on State Route 17B near Ballard Rd. in Smallwood (Town of Bethel) has been identified by next of kin. The victim is Rita S. Sherman, age 32, of White Lake, NY.  Read more

A tale of two migrants

September is here, and many animals in our area are preparing in some way for the onset of colder weather to come. Some insects and many birds have already started to migrate to warmer climes, and it is this migration behavior that enables researchers to get a “snapshot” of the wellbeing of a particular species and its habitat.  Read more

Cliff Park Golf Course lease awarded

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that a proposal submitted by Joseph Stead of Milford to lease the 45.3-acre Cliff Park Golf Course has been awarded by the National Park Service (NPS). The new lessee hopes to re-open the course to golfers this fall.  Read more

DEC requests: report sick or dead deer

NEW YORK STATE — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking the public’s help to report cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) cases in white tailed deer. This viral disease is most common in the late summer and early fall when the midges that transmits EHD are abundant.  Read more

Strive to excel

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Each new moment is an opportunity, each new venture a challenge. For those who engage in the rigors of athletic competition, the most salient time is always the here and now, not what happened last time out and not what may happen in a future encounter. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  Read more