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August 31, 2016
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In My Humble Opinion

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

Have an ice day!

You know what they say: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” In that same vein, I say “When life gives you bitter cold, plunging temperatures that cause your thermometer to freeze and there aren’t enough layers in the world to keep you even remotely warm… go to an ice festival,” and there are more than a few to choose from here in the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

Coming attractions

Clearly, I am my own worst enemy. Having carved out some “me time” over the last two weeks, one would think I’d be more prepared to jump back into the swing of things with a clean slate, neatened office and new attitude, but in reality? Notsomuch. It would appear that I spent far too much time channel-surfing and not enough hours chained to my desk at home, preparing for the New Year, which is now well underway. Regardless of the desire to continue slacking off, my inbox is once again flooded with information regarding art openings, musicians’ gatherings, film premieres and the like.  Read more

Word of the day: Staycation!

So far, 2016 has been different. With little to no snow and temperatures fluctuating between zero and fifty degrees, trying to make a decision regarding a vacation destination this year was puzzling.  Read more

Much ado about nothing

Yeah, it’s been pretty quiet around here for the last two weeks. Even though I was seriously looking forward to a little downtime, it didn’t take long for me to go stir crazy spending so much of it at home during the break from my hectic schedule that falls between Christmas and New Year’s. Oh, sure, I had big plans: clean out some closets, put the holiday decorations away, send out some “thank yous” and scrub the house from top to bottom before breaking down and making some resolutions. So far, I’ve accomplished none of this, but I did manage to unplug the dog’s pink, metallic tree.  Read more

May the force be with you

I’d like to personally thank George Lucas, J.J. Abrams and the entire cast and crew of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for making my holiday a little brighter. Fear not—no spoilers here, but I’m grateful that my doctor gave me the go-ahead to get out of bed and be among people, without fear of infecting an entire theater full of fans, in order that I might carry on a long-standing tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day. And, by choosing “Star Wars,” I feel like a kid again.  Read more

It’s beginning to look a lot like Xanax

Well, maybe not, but the “popular” drug—which is prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders and depression (www.drugs.com)—is on my fantasy Christmas wish list. The truth is, that because of my health issues, I’m (ironically) not allowed to take the majority of prescription drugs, so am left to my own defenses when it comes to “holiday depression”—which is, indeed, a thing. Naturally, I try to make light of it, laughter being the “best medicine” and all, and more often than not, it works.  Read more

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

Every year, I look forward to hearing the 1958 holiday classic, written by Johnny Marks and made famous by Brenda Lee, and by the time holiday season is in full swing, I can’t get it out of my head. Ironically, Marks was Jewish but specialized in Christmas songs, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” but it was the lyrics to “Rockin’” that reverberated as I traversed the Upper Delaware River region over the last few days in search of holiday spirit.  Read more

Sensory overload

Wow, man—it’s a little crazy out there. With the holiday season in full swing, I’ve been running around like a festive headless chicken, doing my best to take in as many of the events exploding throughout the Upper Delaware River region as humanly possible, while attempting to retain a semblance of sanity. Maintaining composure has never been my strong suit, and keeping up with the Wonder Dog is a full-time job in itself.  Read more

Never say never

The older I get, the more these pithy little sayings prove to have validity. As a youngster, I often scoffed at the adults, who seemed to have a never-ending arsenal of finger-wagging pearls of wisdom. Normally, I’m curious enough to research the origins, but this one yielded pages of song lyrics from Justin Bieber’s playlist, which stopped me dead in my tracks. Clearly, he borrowed the expression from somewhere (does he have original thought?) so I skipped that step and just glanced at the pretty pictures, Bieber-style.  Read more

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