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August 25, 2016
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In My Humble Opinion

Cloudy, with a chance of meatballs

That bizarre title of a 2009 SONY Pictures film stuck in my head over the last few days, as the wildly unpredictable weather made its way through the Upper Delaware River region, delivering sunny skies and balmy temperatures followed by snow, freezing rain and hail. I had a lot on my plate (sans meatballs), so the Wonder Dog and I made the best of it like everyone else, and dressed in layers, understanding that Mother Nature was being a bit bi-polar in her attempt to define spring.  Read more

Hopping down the bunny trail

For something completely different, I spent the better part of the past week doing a bit of research, since I know so little about so many things. The subject at hand was Easter, and although I had a rudimentary knowledge of the holiday itself, the eggs, chocolate and bunny had me scratching my head, mildly perplexed, as usual. I discovered a website (www.mentalfloss.com) that delves into the origins and symbolism of Easter, which was illuminating. But it seems that over the years, something got lost in translation.  Read more

And the winner is…

There’s been a lot of chatter in recent years about kids being raised in an environment that does not foster excellence, but instead encourages the notion that by simply participating, everyone is a winner. Gone are the days of gold stars on school work, and trophies are given out willy-nilly, often just for showing up.  Read more

Three cheers for the volunteers!

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” These words, written by H. Jackson Brown Jr., rang true over the last few days, as I made my way through the Upper Delaware River region. Wherever I went, I saw smiling faces and people helping people, as is often the case here in the country. While volunteerism exists in cities, villages and towns across America, the impact on our local communities appears (IMHO) more immediate and visible. Maybe it’s because I’m always on the road, but I recognize folks (and they recognize the dog) wherever I go.  Read more

Going back to school means fun for the whole family!

Although exhausted from flying around dressed as Peter Pan for last Friday’s Eighth Annual Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner (see page 12), I managed to drag myself out of bed and head out to Narrowsburg, NY last Sunday to check out what’s happening at The Narrowsburg Union (the former Narrowsburg Central School). I had heard that the Union was hosting an open house, where folks could check out the refurbished building and see what courses are being offered for the enrichment of those seeking to learn something new.  Read more

I won’t grow up!

Well, it finally happened. I discovered a way to combine fundraising, imagination, community involvement and my love of the arts, while prancing around like a fool for the amusement of others. Yep, it’s time once again for the eighth annual Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner and Tip Challenge! Every year the organization (www.bgcorange.org) recruits local businesses and community and civic leaders to become “Celebrity Servers” and entertain hundreds while raising much-needed dollars for the clubs in Sullivan County.  Read more

The best-laid plans…

I may not be the first in line to point out my shortcomings, because as the old standard says, “That’s what friends are for,” but I am well aware that I have some. Over the years, I’ve attempted to change, but like the leopard and its spots… well, you get where I’m going with this. Suffice it to say that now I have liver spots and yet, I still try. Admittedly, I’m not great with change. Although I change my clothes frequently enough, I rarely buy new ones. I prefer to stay in one place, yet circumstances have decreed that I move a few times over the years.  Read more

Hat, gloves, coat, scarf and boots

“My life’s a musical comedy, I’m singing every day. Each evening’s a performance, each noon’s a matinee. The plot is never boring for there’s never a repeat—I play a different role for every person that I meet.” I still remember the lyrics (but not a whole lot more) from the Off Broadway revue that I sang way back (cue harp glissando) in 1974. Although my memory is a bit fuzzy, I’m fairly sure that I was brilliant. At the time, I had no doubt that the show—“I’ll Die if I Can’t Live Forever”—was going to make me a star, and we all know how that worked out.  Read more

Love is in the air

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s almost impossible to ignore the candy hearts, couples holding hands, and the plethora of cards lining the walls of every store I enter, so I’m sticking pretty close to home. Not that I’m bitter (party of one) or anything, but let’s just say that my dog has already received a card or two, while my P.O. box has an echo these days, when I dare to peek inside.  Read more

Another opening, another show

Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (www.catskillartsociety.org) in Livingston Manor, featuring the work of Daniel Angeli and Candy Spilner. Angeli’s name was unknown to me, while Spilner’s was familiar, as I’ve seen a variety of her large, colorful three-dimensional paintings over the last few years.  Read more

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