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Institute offers year-long group meditation

HONESDALE, PA —Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, the spiritual leader of the world-wide Himalayan Institute, has spent years studying and living with diverse spiritual masters from the East. He is fluent in both Vedic and classical Sanskit and has two doctorates, one in Sanskit from the University of Allahabad and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. The author of 14 books, he has practiced yoga and tantra for more than 30 years. We recently interviewed him about the year-long meditation planned by the Himalayan Institute for 2012.  Read more

‘We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne’

The words for the most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year’s eve, “Auld Lang Syne,” come from an old Scottish ditty that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796. Burns transcribed it (and made some refinements to the lyrics) after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns’s homeland. According to www.infoplease.com, “Auld Lang Syne,” which asks whether old friends and times will be remembered, is “one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to."  Read more

Hanukkah decoded

With so much information available on the Internet these days, I thought it might be interesting to explore the meaning of various terms and traditions associated with Hanukkah, which started on December 20 this year. Having been raised with a Jewish education, I was surprised to discover some unknown facts and a few rare insights, as well as historical tidbits, songs and poems that enliven homes as families gather all around the world to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights.

What is Hanukkah?  Read more

A church celebrates with a Living Nativity

BETHANY, PA — Every year, local churches in our area find special ways to celebrate the Christmas season. Among the most interesting of such traditions is a living nativity held by the Bethany Presbyterian Church. At the annual event, members of the congregation reproduce realistic scenes from the New Testament’s story of the nativity of Jesus Christ, with actors and live animals.

Beginning in the historic church on Route 670, the scenes spill out onto the church grounds with imaginative interpretations of the traditional story, colored by modern music and even humorous themes.  Read more

The schools are alive,with the sound of music!

REGION — Elementary, middle and high schools in the region are gearing up for the holidays and sharing the gift of music with fellow students, parents and visitors alike as a variety of seasonal concerts are scheduled across the area. These musical presentations are designed to appeal and present a perfect opportunity for both children and adults to gather, celebrate and ring in the holidays, with programs that will inspire and entertain...Catskills-style.

Sullivan West celebrates the season  Read more

Holiday celebrations at the library

REGION — While scouring the shelves at your local library searching for a special recipe or holiday stories for the kids, you might discover that festive events are taking place in your favorite reading rooms throughout the region—and the season. Workshops, concerts and even some shopping opportunities await those who explore the many special programs being held during the coming weeks, in book nooks scattered across the Upper Delaware River region.

Honesdale Happenings  Read more

Small town holidays in the country

REGION — The holiday season in the region will be filled with activities for people of all tastes and ages as communities put their best foot forward and deck themselves with sparkle and holiday cheer. From a traveling Santa to a winter festival, there are lots of opportunities to get swept up into the holiday spirit while not going too far from home. Whether you stay in your town or visit one that’s new to you, sampling the offerings of various communities is sure to bring feelings of warmth as the weather turns cold.

A river hamlet all lit up  Read more

Books bring community stories to life

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY —Although she never knew the grandparents whose legacy she explores in two self-published books, Louise Elizabeth (Austin) Smith manages to bring alive their story and the communities and time in which it transpired, with the help of many who cherish those towns and memories today.  Read more

‘Journeys’ of the heart

MILFORD, PA — The daughter of a beloved and respected attorney recently returned to Milford to scout potential locations for a movie that will be filmed in the town beginning in fall 2012. The film honors the memory of the father she calls, “the most amazing man I’ve ever known.”  Read more