So, Verotchka, how was Russia?
“Exciting,” I have answered and also, as any 85-year-old traveler can understand, “exhausting.” Just last week, at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance exhibit, glass of wine in hand, I surprised myself saying “maddening.”
“Russia was maddening!”
After all, it is frustrating for a big talker like myself to be unable to speak the language. And though the timbre of Russian was in my ears and heart in my father’s bass voice, I knew only a few words and had forgotten the Cyrillic alphabet I had learned as a child Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Now that there is a new restaurant inside 40 Main Street in Narrowsburg, the Heron, there seems to be a “now-things-are-as-they-should be” feeling in the community, because for the last five or six decades there has almost always been eatery of one sort or another in the space.
Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was the home of C & C Pizza Parlor, operated by Marty Criston and Bernie Creamer. Creamer, who still lives in Narrowsburg with his wife Carol, and whose children all graduated from the Narrowsburg School, said the town was quite a different place in those days. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — “I believe schools often don’t realize what they have to work with right on their own grounds,” contends John Jose of Otter Creek Environmental Education Services based in Beach Lake.
To seize those opportunities, Jose has begun working with schools in Wayne County to help them expand the learning opportunities available outside their classroom walls. In doing so, Jose performs evaluations that take into account a school’s grounds from both a habitat and an educational perspective. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — What would you do if two total strangers came into your town, approached you on the street, began asking questions about the place where you live and then said they were looking for a night’s lodging?
That’s what Sarah Sellman, now 22, and Greg Grano, 21, did when they embarked on a journey in June 2010 to explore trust, fear and hospitality across America and between Americans. The initiative provided the basic framework for the film which they are now trying to finalize, “American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers.” Read more
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
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
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
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
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