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Deeds to do, promises to keep…

James Taylor’s hairline may have receded, but not his popularity. The singer packed ‘em in at his rare concert appearance in Bethel last Sunday, entertaining the crowd with hit after hit for more than two hours of classic JT.
TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox


July 24, 2014

I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink it all in. You know, be in the now. Maybe I should have just made a decision to begin drinking. With a firm resolve to spend the lazy hazy days of summer “feelin’ groovy,” I made sure to have my Simon and Garfunkel CDs in the truck, to facilitate the notion that their advice—“Slow down, you move too fast”—would magically empower me to feel like “kickin’ down the cobblestones” etc. A few weeks ago, my computer informed me that I have been writing this column for The River Reporter for six years. “Really?” I said to the Wonder Dog “Six years? Really?” Being a near-sentient being, the computer also informed my friends, my work pals, and made a valiant attempt to contact my mother in the great beyond to let her know that I’m still typing. Simultaneously, the Internet alerted me to the fact that the entertainment world had lost one of the greats this past week, and I stopped for a moment of silence to say goodbye to the incomparable Elaine Stritch, saluted the Grande Dame of the theatre world and once again, looked at the dog. She blinked at me with an all-knowing glance and reminded me that Ms. Stritch kept going, never tiring, while reminding the world of the motto that made her famous: “I’m still here.”