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“If you believe that something is written in the stars, you believe that it will be made to happen by a force that controls the future.” This is, of course, according to my source for the … more
I know it wasn’t me. I’ve written about a number of subjects over the last 30 years, including skydiving, camping, washing machines and the art of bonsai—but love? Not my strong … more
At least it seemed that way over the past few days, as Dharma the Wonder Dog and I careened throughout the Catskills (I drove most of the time), working our way through the New York side of the Upper … more
“And I’ll finally have time to paint the bathroom!” I exclaimed, having gone off the rails on that project months ago. “And I’ll make a campfire everyday,” I prattled on, “and I’ll spray-paint that picture frame, and finish grouting the backsplash, and then…“ more
Didymo (Didymosphenia geminata), or rock snot as it is commonly known, has been found in several New York waters: both branches and the Main Stem of the Delaware River, Esopus Creek, Battenkill … more
The middle of July saw a warm spell, with temperatures getting into the 90s accompanied by high humidity that made it feel even hotter. The wildlife felt it too and hunkered down; deer spent a lot of … more
While I was growing up in the south in the ‘60s, and discriminatory “Jim Crow” practices were slowly being dismantled, I would frequently see signs at restaurants and gas stations … more
In the early 1980s, I was in an odd phase of my work life and found myself secretary to the head of the art department at New York University. Sometimes we were busy, but when we weren’t, I … more
The past two weeks have produced encounters with two beautiful female silk moths, both members of the family Saturniidae, which contains approximately 1,300 species. That beauty will be brief, as … more
My Fourth of July included dinner with a gathering of 10 friends, some of long acquaintance and some new to each other. As we settled around the table, one guest asked our hostess whether political … more
On Catskill Rivers, once the spring-fly hatches are over, much of the daytime fishing has ended. The evening fishing has begun: Pale Evening Duns, Sulphur Duns and Green and Brown Drake mayflies, … more
As you read this, we are celebrating our nation’s Independence Day, and no doubt, there are ongoing fireworks displays, picnics, or other outdoor events to celebrate the occasion. The holiday … more
Many of us on the Port Jervis line end our commute in New York at Pennsylvania Station or, as we call it, Penn. Penn Station serves more than 600,000 commuters a day from a combination of Amtrak, … more
I want to focus on, and draw some connections between, a few recent and upcoming dates. Sunday, June 16, was of course Father’s Day. I hope you were able to celebrate it in a fulfilling way. … more
Recently, my sister, Janet, and I were having lunch at the Pickled Owl in Hurleyville. We were surprised to find a short stack of cards on the table, held together with a diminutive clothespin. On … more
Established in 1965, the park preserves historical sites predating English settlement in the New World as well as evidence of Native American activity that occurred there 13,000 years ago. more
As an avid hunter, I appreciate seeing signs of life in the woods. Being a hunter means being a conservationist: not just harvesting, but also cultivating. more
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