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September 17, 2014
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Writer’s block

Yarnslinger Ramona Jan is stylish as always, at Cafe Devine in Callicoon, NY


I glanced at the writer’s block “cheat sheet” I had printed before leaving the house and noticed the first suggestion: “Beg, borrow and steal.” Down, but not out, “stealing” another’s words was not (yet) an option, so I moved on to number two: “Pay attention to what you like.” While opening act Jesse Dee could be best described as, well... loud, I was hardly alone in appreciating headliner Hunter’s (and band mates’) panache and swinging style, and it was easy to pay attention. Performing an all-original set, the five piece band was ( IMHO) on fire.

Number three on my printout was “Pay attention to what you don’t like” but I’ve already had my say on Jesse Dee, so I’ll just note that the Nutshell was vibrating inside and out, as devoted fans and newbies (like me) danced and celebrated the return of “one of their own” while raising funds (and awareness) for Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy (www.catskillcitizens.org), “a volunteer grassroots organization intended to give residents a voice in the emerging energy decisions in the Catskills.” Although the energy level that night was exhilarating, my physician had advised against overextending myself, so I made my way home, wondering how I would be able to express my appreciation for an evening so well spent.

Number four: “Spend some time alone” is never a problem, Catskills pariah that I am, so I made some preliminary notes on a cocktail napkin, thanked Dharma (the wonder dog) for not shunning me, and moved on to number five: “Share your process.” Having committed to joining local storytellers group the Yarnslingers (yarnslingers@yahoo.com) in spinning a tale with them at Café Devine (www.cafedevine.com) in Callicoon on Sunday, number five seemed to be speaking directly to me, so I read on. “We, as artists, relish the idea of unveiling a finished work. Remember that telling the story is often a painless way to develop your ideas.”