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May 27, 2016
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In My Humble Opinion

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 ( 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 ( 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