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August 23, 2014
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In My Humble Opinion

A Penny for your thoughts

[Editor’s note: After the week’s issue of the newspaper went to press, Penny Carman Blume passed away on Tuesday afternoon, January 21, 2014.]  Read more

I believe the children are our future

Time flies. While shaking my head in disbelief that another year has flown by, I was simultaneously thrilled that kids from every corner of the state were once again arriving for the annual New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) conference being held in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com) last weekend. I attended some of the event in 2013 and was so blown away by what I had observed, that I was determined to return and make sure that my previous experience wasn’t a fluke.  Read more

The Big Chill

At the moment, the weather is the main topic of conversation throughout the Upper Delaware River Valley region and with good reason—it’s freakin’ cold outside! Actually, “cold” doesn’t begin to describe what we are experiencing, and both local and national news stories are doing their best to describe what we on the East Coast (and much of the country) are going through. Meteorologists have dubbed it a “polar vortex” (sounds like a sci-fi film) and “arctic blast” (isn’t that a chewing gum?) but as far as I’m concerned… there are no words.  Read more

A clean slate

I keep insisting that I’m not making New Year’s resolutions, but truth be told, I always do. Whether those resolutions stick remains to be seen, but I suppose there’s nothing wrong with trying. There’s something to be said for “if at first, you don’t succeed,” and I’m the first to admit that there’s room for improvement.  Read more

A foggy day

Well, Christmas has come and gone. The New Year is upon us and yet… I’m still in a fog, both literally and figuratively. Attempting to navigate the roads here in the Upper Delaware River Valley has been a challenge of late. The social network has been buzzing about the holidays (and the many events leading up to same), but it’s the weather that has taken center stage for the last week or so.  Read more

Musical notes and quotes

It’s that time of year again, when snow days crop up from time to time, which in turn, gives me a little extra time. Never at a loss, the desire to shovel is pretty low on my list, but there’s plenty to do around the house and my desk is piled with work that I’ve put off for months, waiting for an opportunity such as this. I have a desk at The River Reporter’s office as well, and once in a while I even get mail. Ripping into an envelope the other day, I scanned the note inside: “Hi, Jonathan,” it read. “Enclosed, please find my latest CD.  Read more

The iceman cometh

With winter breathing down our necks, Mother Nature (in her infinite wisdom) has decided to get a jump on things. Clearly, she and Jack Frost are in cahoots, since the iceman has been busy creating magical designs on windows across the Upper Delaware Valley. I suppose those with triple-insulated thermal panes have been spared, but my place (and I suspect many of yours’) could use a little extra insulation, so when the temperature dips, oh-so-pretty designs appear on my glass, courtesy of the imp with the icy paintbrush.  Read more

It’s beginning to look a lot like nap time

Yes, I’m tired… and it’s only just begun. Before anyone accuses me of being a Grinch, let it be said I’m big a fan of the holidays, but a little bit goes a long way for me, and the older I get, the less I need. There was a time (long ago and far away) when it seemed as if I couldn’t get enough and wanted the festivities to go on forever, but as anyone over 40 knows, time keeps on slippin’, slippin’… and last I looked, it was the Fourth of July.  Read more

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

“Use your head,” my mother used to warn. “You need to think about what you’re doing.” Regardless of Mom’s attempts to drill this into my thick skull, I’ve always been a little late to the party when it comes to planning and more often than not suffer the consequences. No surprise then that with only a few pages left on this year’s calendar, I’m falling behind schedule as the holidays begin in earnest. Pondering what the next year will bring reminded me that I’d been presented with the rare opportunity to observe a calendar-in-the-making photo shoot happening in Shohola, PA.  Read more

Over the river and through the woods

While I may not be going to grandmother’s house, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many have already made plans. Grateful to have options this year, I’m still vacillating, but might make a few stops on that day. Meanwhile, I’ve been traipsing through the woods, putting miles on the truck and hauling the dog from one end of Sullivan County to the other this past week. At times, I manage to cross the Delaware River and experience what Pennsylvania has to offer, but the county I call home (www.scva.net) covers nearly 1,000-square miles, so there was plenty to keep me occupied without crossing the border during the last few days.  Read more

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