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I am not a gardener but every spring when I lived in suburbia
I purchased flats of pansies, marigolds and impatiens.
Impatiens thrived through the entire season,
had little luck with pansies, but I loved
how they twisted and turned toward the sun.
I was good about picking off dead blooms,
enjoyed the gold and orange marigolds long into fall.

(Not so) secret spots; Finding a favorite spot

The idea and possession of a “secret spot” has been an integral part of the fisherman’s lore since the first hook was tossed in the water. All anglers have at one time found themselves in a special place, devoid of other humans but plentiful with their finned quarry.  Read more

Reading the Upper Delaware River; Fish where the Fish are

The beginning fly fisherman can sometimes become overwhelmed with all the information available on the sport from casting, to entomology, to how to read a stream. All of these elements can be broken down into simple and easy-to-learn parts that will make your days on the water enjoyable and productive.  Read more

Food Traditions - Jewish

Some people don’t have warm and fuzzy feelings about the holidays. Some people aren’t religious. My father is the first one and I am the latter. Now that the holiday season is approaching, what am I to do? As a daughter of a dad who is from a Jewish family, a mom from a Unitarian Universalist family and I not identifying with either, when I just want to enjoy some of the traditional foods associated with Hanukah? Answer: create my own “holiday.”

And that’s exactly what I did.  Read more

Food Traditions - Italian

A smile comes to my face as I remember past Christmases spent with my Italian family. We were lucky to have everyone—my grandparents, aunts and uncles as well as cousins from both sides—come together for the joyous occasion of Christmas Eve.  Read more

Food Traditions - German

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I really look forward to baking Christmas cookies again. Here at our bakery when we make stollen* or other traditional German holiday specialties like macaroons, the sweet aroma takes me right back to my childhood and my great-grandmother’s kitchen.  Read more

Oh, Christmas Tree

There’s nothing like a holiday to remind us of the passing of time. And there’s nothing like a tradition to remind us of family.  Read more

Home for the Holidays

In all of my 22 years of living three miles outside of Narrowsburg I must humbly confess that I had never stepped foot inside the Delaware Valley Art Alliance’s Signature Gifts shop on Main Street. Recently, when I paid them a visit, I saw what a fool I had been.  Read more

Nothing Here is Made in China

One day not long ago, I wandered into a cute little gift shop in Hawley, PA full of one-of-a-kind artworks. Each piece here has been created by a local artist or artisan. The shop, named The Art Market, located in the Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive in Hawley, is run by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) as a place for the organization’s members to show and sell their works. While you’d expect to find paintings and sculpture here (and you will), the shop also is full of hand-crafted holiday gifts in a wide range of prices.  Read more

Step Back In Time - Canal Towne Emporium

For those who have yet to discover Christmas at the Canal Towne Emporium in Wurtsboro, NY, this year looks to be bigger and brighter than ever before. Proprietors Gary and Lyman Holmes have gone above and beyond to bring shoppers a holiday experience that harkens back to a simpler era, keeping a tradition alive that began with their great-great-grandfather in 1869 and has flourished over the course of four generations.  Read more

Wedding etiquette

Did you know that, historically, the “best man” was the friend of the groom most skilled in the use of arms? In a holdover tradition from the days of the Germanic Goths, wedding etiquette places the best man at an angle to the groom’s right and the (usually kidnapped) bride to his left, leaving right hands free to grasp a nearby club, knife or spear in case the stolen bride’s tribe should arrive uninvited.  Read more

To video or not to video

There has been a steady decline of people using videographers in recent years due to the cost of hiring a videographer for a video that’s often seen only a few times and then stored away indefinitely. Photographs are great for remembering that special day by recreating those special moments in your memory, but there’s nothing more powerful than seeing and hearing the actual moments that not only bring back memories, but also allow future generations to experience the sights, sounds and feelings you felt that day.  Read more

Those little touches

Entering into adulthood means many things, but one thing really stands out—your friends start to get married. That being the case, in the past few months I’ve been to two weddings. The first was in late August and was for my good friend and neighbor Raye Levine (I was also a bridesmaid). The second, in October, was my boyfriend’s sister, Megan Gorzynski.  Read more

The future of marriage - wedding websites

As we move into the future, it seems that everything is going online. Shopping, blogging, Facebooking… so, why not weddings? Having a wedding website will help you and your guests stay organized and up-to-date on the big event. It’s the new thing to do, but how do you do it?  Read more

Affordable elegance

But in these tough economic times, not everyone wants to spend that kind of money for what is—after all—just one day in the life of a couple that’s embarking on a lifetime together. So, how do a bride and groom have both fun and elegance on their special day without breaking the bank?  Read more

Where the Dead Live

I have a black and white photograph taken in 1909 of my father Sol, who was four years old, his older sister Miriam, a younger brother Joe, his mother Leah, who looks pregnant and angry, his father Jonah, uncle Benny and his sister Rose.

The adults look solemn; the children frightened.

The men are in dark suits, the women in gowns, I wouldn’t be surprised if the clothes were supplied by the photographer. Only the children seem to be wearing their own clothes. It’s a formal, posed studio photograph taken to record a significant moment, perhaps their arrival in the United States.  Read more

A Living from the River. Ray Turner's Delaware Delicacies Smoke House

Ray Turner makes his living from the river and it takes a lot of work. In fact, if you want to talk with Turner, you talk with him while he is working.  Read more

Breakfast in bed with Eric Ehrhardt, Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort

Way back in 1943, it was possible to find any number of cottages, inns and resorts fronting Lake Wallenpaupack in Hawley, PA. “Now,” says Eric Ehrhardt, “there are only two left.” His resort, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort, is one. Ehrhardt’s is currently run by Eric and his brother, Craig. The resort has been in the Ehrhardt family for some 60 years, and Eric and his brothers were literally raised in the business.

“We all grew up right here,” says Eric. “We got to know the guests as friends that came up on different weeks.”  Read more

Donna Vallone, Creekside cabins, cottages and lodge

Do you like streams and mountains? Peace and quiet? Gorgeous views in all directions? How about hiking, biking, antiquing and some of the best trout fishing in the world?
You can find all this and more “creekside” at one of the cabins, cottages or lodge accommodations owned and operated by Donna Vallone in Roscoe, NY.
The cabins  Read more

Breakfast in Bed with Catskill Harvest Market

The Catskill Harvest Market (2758 State Route 52, Liberty, NY, 845/292-3838, www.catskillharvestmarket.com) is celebrating its second birthday this spring, and in just two years, it has gained renown and recognition as a top-notch garden center and local foods market.

Says co-founder and manager Daniel Duttinger, “It always seemed a bit odd that this kind of farm market was readily available in surrounding areas, particularly Ulster County—but not here.” So, he and co-founder Will Foster went to the drawing board and began the research, and the market was born.  Read more

Breakfast in Bed with James Manning House Bed & Breakfast

Proprietors Janet and Warren Heinly have welcomed a variety of guests to their James Manning House Bed & Breakfast (www.jamesmanninghouse.com, 570/253-5573, 421 Wayne Street, Bethany, PA 18431) during its first two years of operation, from as close as Pennsylvania and New York to as far away as Europe and Canada, California and Idaho. The couple, who are from Berks County, PA, share a similar ethic of putting family first, and this is reflected in the interest they have in their guests and the homey way they care for them.  Read more