This morning on 61st and Madison I saw a man walking his cat. The cat had a harness wrapped tightly around its midsection, which was connected to the man’s hand by a very thin leash. The cat was huddled as far into the crevice between the sidewalk and the street that it could squeeze, completely freaked out by passing people and cars.
The man stood still, surprisingly patient. He did not pull or push the cat, almost as if it was Day 1 of a longer training plan. His end goal being that the cat would someday be able to walk down the street unafraid. The idea made me chuckle. Read more
By Jamie Roche-Knecht
From the time I was very young, I remember my dad taking me out in the wilderness to teach me about the environment. We went fishing, hiking, camping and exploring as often as we could. He taught my older brother and me about trees, wildlife, water and respecting nature. That’s probably why we both went on to become natural resource professionals in our careers. Read more
Those of us who live in the Upper Delaware River valley are familiar with the flocks of large black birds that caw noisily from the forest, alight in ones and twos and (in lean times) peck the earth under the bird feeders. But most of us would have a difficult time discerning whether what we are looking at is a flock of crows or ravens. Read more
“You have to come over.”
“What’s going on?”
“I’m at my wit’s end.”
“Oh Murray, it’s snowing outside.”
“Tom, it’s an emergency.”
Tom stepped out into the snow. He pulled at his hat and scarf. What had Murray gotten himself into? He was curious and usually when folks came to see him for advice that wasn’t the case. Still, he tried to help them all just the same. Read more
I was stunned this week to hear one of my pals exclaim that there was “nothing to do around here.” I know that most of us have grown weary of winter, and the weather tends to keep us inside—but nothing to do? Hardly.
I scanned my schedule and made several suggestions, but while she had to admit that there were events of interest on my list, when push came to shove, she simply did not want to go out. “Fine,” I replied, “but I’m hitting the road.” Read more
The faces are tan and smiling. A beautiful beach stretches out behind them. The moon is reflected in the waves that crash against the shore. The young faces are lit by the blue green light of a pool. They are smiling, laughing. It’s New Years Day, 2011, just after midnight.
The moment is frozen in time. A group portrait.
To go from working all the time to being on vacation is a strange thing. It’s a shift that is so drastic it shakes my core and makes me feel like a completely different person. My work self and my vacation self are two sides that never meet. Read more
I don’t realize how nervous I am until after the screening at the packed, 1300-seat, Eccles Theater in Park City, UT when the anxiety fades. And it isn’t until the last frame of the film hard cuts to black and the credits roll that I know for sure it’s gone off without a hitch.
The film plays well, with laughs and gasps in all the right places. I’m at the Sundance Film Festival with a movie I edited called “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and I breathe a massive sigh of relief. Read more
I love astronomy, and Moonlight Drive is just around the corner from the house, but a blurb I read in The River Reporter calendar had me curious enough to venture a little farther from home to observe the heavens with other like-minded folks.
The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), located in Dingmans Ferry, PA, offered me (and a few unsuspecting friends) the opportunity to join forces with a group of nature lovers on what was described as a “short hike to a scenic overlook to watch the full moon rise.” Read more
I’m pretty sure that it’s not just the dry weather that has me scratching my head. As I dug out the truck and headed off to the Alliance Gallery ( ArtsAllianceSite.org ) in Narrowsburg, NY, I was struck by how quickly another year has elapsed. Once again, love is in the air—but not for me. “Be Mine Also,” a group show celebrating love, kicked off a three-week exhibit, curated by Mary Greene and Rocky Pinciotti, with poetry, “found art” and enough romance to easily last me another 12 months. Read more
Something beautiful and affirming has been happening at Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale. It involves a group of women, each very different from the other, and a master teacher who is able not only to skillfully execute and teach an exotic and captivating form of dance, but to bring out each woman’s unique ability to experience self-transformation through the process. Read more
“Can I get you something to drink?” A mop of dark hair in his face, white towel tucked into his waistline.
“I’ll have a Jameson on the rocks,” the girl says.
“Two,” the guy says.
The waiter nods and leaves. The room is full of couples, hints of red on most of their clothing. Bottles of wine. Two glasses. Valentines Day. Read more
February 17 - Just before the white stuff begins to thaw, with Valentine’s Day nipping at my nose, I seek refuge from the blustery winds by celebrating a few of the things that make my blood run cold—snow, ice and love everlasting...
Admittedly a bit depressed over the severe temperatures and missing the elusive sting of Cupid’s arrow, I was determined, over the weekend, to overcome my ennui and search the countryside for respite from the bitter winds. What better way, then, to spend time outdoors, bundled up and feeling sorry for myself! Read more
By Susan Beecher
I recently read an interesting report titled “Valuing New Jersey’s Natural Capital: An Assessment of the Economic Value of the State’s Natural Resources.” The concept behind the study is that various naturally occurring systems provide economic value over an extended period, and the benefits include both goods (commodities such as timber or mineral deposits) and services (ecological functions such as flood protection, soil erosion control and wastewater treatment). As it turns out, New Jersey’s natural assets are worth big bucks. Read more
“If I were a parent with school-aged kids and wanted them to learn science, I would start them out with this.” So said Ed Wesely, who is fascinated with the technology related to the 24 solar panels that were installed on Barbara Yeaman’s house in Milanville, where Wesely also resides. Initially, Wesely said that he was completely indifferent to solar, but once the panels started generating power on October 7, 2010, he quickly became a convert. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Philip Hone Gallery has announced a new workshop, Poetry Creation, to debut on Thursday, February 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be sign-ups for a literature and poetry group immediately following. The event is a poetry free-for-all for those who love to tell stories and be creative. Mort Malkin will help participants create poetry in a group setting. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Hurleyville Fire Department, in cooperation with the Town of Fallsburg Youth Commission, will hold its 23rd annual ice fishing contest on Saturday, February 12 on Morningside Lake off of Brickman Road from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will take place the day of the contest at the lake, and costs $5 for adults and is free for those 15 and under. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will hold a family fun day, featuring an ice carving contest, on Saturday, February 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The carving time for the contest is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also among the activities will be a chili cook-off, and a Valentine’s Day show featuring the talents of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance. A mini indoor street fair with vendors and Kettle Corn will be available for your shopping pleasure. The local library will host an inside craft area, with a book reader for the children, sponsored by the Mamakating Friends of the Library. Read more
CATSKILL STATE PARK, NY — SnowFlow, a collaborative event between several organizations interested in creativity, sustainability and organizational awareness, will take place from February 11 to 13 at the Full Moon Resort in the Catskill State Park and Forest Preserve. It is one of several ongoing collaborative projects designed to raise public awareness and bring together artists, activists, naturalists and concerned citizens into settings that inform, support and energize participants into making a difference. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan is participating this season in the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series “Metropolitan Opera: Live In HD.” The next presentation will be John Adams and Alice Goodman’s opera, “Nixon in China,” on Saturday, February 12 at 1 p.m.
The series consists of simulcasts of operas as they are performed live at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York’s Lincoln Center, shown in the school’s Seelig Theater. Tickets cost $20 each for general admission, and $10 each for students. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Marina Stavitskaya’s “Carnival,” shown here, will be among the works on exhibit at the Hanson Gallery’s upcoming show titled “Carnival Fine Art & Sculpture Collection,” opening on Saturday, February 12 with reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Other artists featured include Bea Creations, Heather Chesky, Thomas Colbert, Robert Dahl, Bayard DeNoie, Bonnie Evans, Hong T. Foo, Pauline Glykokokalos, Yanni Glykokokalos, Evgeni Gordiets, Hana Gorman, George Gots, Paula Heiser, Jeff Hiller, Heide Kwestel von Borgwardt, Richard Read more