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July 31, 2016
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In My Humble Opinion

I’ve got a secret

First of all, let me just go on the record and declare that if you share a secret with me, I’m really good at keeping it. Conversely, if I’m told something without a confidentiality clause attached, I consider it fair game and am more than likely to blab—man about town that I am. Fair warning.  Read more

Panic attack!

Ever have one? I do, from time to time, being the delicate little flower that I am. Sometimes I have bad dreams that cause me to break out in a cold sweat in the wee hours before dawn. Often it’s worrying about getting the bills paid on time, or how I’m going to juggle my schedule and find a way to make everyone happy (including myself) as I careen throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of entertainment, education and the intellectual (who, me?) stimulation that awaits ‘round every corner.  Read more

Your to smart for you’re own good

My mother used to tell me that constantly, but at least she knew how to spell it. In fact, I’m an idiot. I’m not proud of it, and constantly marvel at my own stupidity—this week being no exception. I had plans to attend the grand opening of a new skate park in Liberty, NY last Saturday, but being a moron, I was a month ahead of the scheduled event. Lunkhead that I am, I blithely drove into town, excited about taking pics of the kids enjoying they’re new facility, only to discover my stoopid mistake.  Read more

What am I, chopped liver?*

If the old adage (you are what you eat) is true, then yes—yes I am. In point of fact, it’s one of the few things that I can cook and do so a few times a year for holiday celebrations. With Passover in full swing (April 22 to 30), I made sure to have the necessary ingredients in the house while checking my list of events that I intended to sprinkle in during the week.  Read more

The ‘it’ factor

By its very definition, the “it” factor is indefinable. Often referred to as someone with je ne sais quoi, the term is frequently applied to entertainers who are brimming with appeal, even though it may be difficult to explain why, exactly. People who exude “it” might not be the most attractive in the room, or even the most adept at their chosen profession, but their connection with an audience is undeniable and often accompanied by an air of mystery.  Read more

A tale as old as time…

While April showers cause many to think of the proverbial May flowers, the first thing that springs to mind for me is the plethora of high school musicals that pop up throughout the Upper Delaware River region. In a perfect world, I would be able to see them all, since I really love seeing the kids strutting their stuff, aided and abetted by the student musicians, stage crews, costumers and lighting technicians of the future.  Read more

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