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Help! I need somebody


February 16, 2012

For something completely different, I have music stuck in my head—and as usual, it pertains to my state of mind. I wish I could claim that it has something to do with being a savant of some sort, but sadly, not so much. This weird syndrome has gone on in my brain for so many years that I’ve stopped questioning why, and just let the endless melodies play on, hoping that inspiration will strike a chord.

This morning it’s the Beatles’ 1965 classic “Help” reverberating, and the lyrics do indeed seem to be relevant. (“When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way.”) Hmm. As many of you know, I have been a bit out of the loop, recovering from surgery, and have certainly needed help, which thankfully has been offered and gratefully accepted—like the accompanying photograph and information about the Great Sullivan County Food Raiser earlier this month, provided by Brian Smith. I missed it, but understand it was a huge success.

Since my independence seems to have “vanished in the haze,” this kind of help—reporting back to me on some of these events that I cannot attend— would be invaluable. Commentary, photographs, even your own (humble) opinions would be most welcome while I’m cooped up. Email me at jonathanfox@riverreporter.com, or post on The River Reporters Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-River-Reporter/151350328263713) with your own words and pictures—any contributions are most welcome—just know “that I need you like I’ve never done before!”

I’d like to be able to get out and see the current exhibit “Middle Ground” (paintings by Kathe Blackbird and woodcuts by Matthew Zappala) showing at the Catskill Art Society (www.catskillartsociety.org) in Livingston Manor but “now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured. Now I find I’ve changed my mind [and need help to] open up the doors.” Several of my peeps have offered to drive me to some of these events, so... give me a call—I’d love to go.