In My Humble Opinion

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
Number 19 Vincent Street in Binghamton, NY. My childhood home.

Home is where the heart is

“Your home will always be the place for which you feel the deepest affection, no matter where you are.” So says the Internet, when asked about the age-old proverb—and I suppose it’s true. While I have lived in (and loved) a variety of locales, I have a deep affection for my childhood home, which I had the opportunity to see last week.

TRR photos by Jonathan Fox
While Dharma appeared completely healthy as pictured here three weeks ago, we’ve recently learned that canine Lyme disease can lie dormant and unsuspected for months before symptoms appear.

God is dog spelled backwards

Ever since Dharma the Wonder Dog came into my life, I’ve toyed with the notion of writing a book about her, using the title employed above. Although that book has yet to be written, it never occurred to me that it would begin with a chapter filled with drama like the last two weeks have provided.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
Best Politician award-winner in the annual TRR Readers Choice Awards category, NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, kept one hand on Dharma while enjoying the party at Zac’s Wilderness lounge in Barryville, NY last Thursday.

Sick as a dog

No, not me. This time it’s my actual dog ( and she has been really, really sick. A couple of weeks ago, Dharma woke up somewhat lethargic, and for the first time ever, she was not anxious to jump out of bed and start her day romping through the woods.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
The use of ornate frames surrounding Sui Park’s woven cable-tie wall sculptures is intended to “exemplify both old and new,” as explained during the artists’ talk at the Catskill Art Society (CAsS) last weekend.

In like a lion

Between the howling winds, trees coming down, power outages and a tornado or two, March definitely roared into town. Whether it goes out with a whimper is yet to be determined, but as last week’s storms raged through the Upper Delaware River region, I hunkered down with the Wonder Dog amending my schedule as sirens wailed outside.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
As work continues on developing “The Lion of Anacostia,” public readings like the one I heard at the Ethelbert B. Crawford library in Monticello provide playwright Gregory Giblin, center,  an opportunity to hear the words spoken aloud and gauge audience response.

‘Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?’

There are many of us who still wince upon hearing those words that most would agree were written in poor taste, and others who will literally guffaw in response to the expression that has been bandied about for an undetermined number of years.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
Western Supper Club & Inn hostess Irene Nikolai gave me a private tour of Sharon Spiak’s “Queen of Romance” art exhibit now showing in the Victorian hotel’s lobby through March 13.

From soup to nuts

Even though my pickup is still in the shop, I’ve managed to get by—with a little help from my friends. Mother Nature has been more than kind over the last week, and the early signs of spring in the air combined with temporary wheels found me hitting the road once again, in search of both arts and leisure.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) program director Bizzy Coy opened “Off The Shelf” with commentary about the afternoon and upcoming events before introducing One Grand Books’ Aaron Hicklin.

Bedtime stories

At the risk of being presumptuous, I’m going to assume that parents still read to their kids. At least, I hope so. My mother read to both my sister and me and instilled in us a great love of literature from a tender age—something that we both cherish as adults. To the best of my recollection, E.B.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Sally Gladden read excerpts from her book “Geepers, I Love You & Other Writings” on the first leg of her “Meet the Author” tour, held at the Sullivan County Historical Society in Hurleyville, NY.

Love is in the air

Yep—it’s that time of year when Cupid is busily winging his way into the very heart of the Upper Delaware River region, and I’ve spent the past few days thinking about love and the variety of ways that it can be expressed. Love. You can’t buy it, can’t hurry it and from what I’m told, it makes the world go ‘round.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Nearly 3,000 people strolled through the streets last year for the first-ever Kauneonga Block Party, which is already in the planning stages for June, 2017.

Coming attractions

As I count the days in anticipation of making s’mores and basking in the warmth of the sun, I’m reminded that many of the events springing up in the near future have been (or are) in the planning stages months in advance. “What? Already?” I moaned, while reading an email.



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