Happy Tails

Summer months can be hard on family pets with many subjected to tough times during family vacations, hot outdoor temperatures and even abandonment. More...

Posted 7/10/2018 08:08 PM


Don’t make thanking God a post script in your life

Father Ray Morgan   My wife Sue and I moved to the southern tier at the end of February from sunny Florida. Many people asked us why we came here from there? For now I will only provide the Reader’s Digest explanation.  More...

Posted 7/2/2018 09:18 PM

I’m a Believer

“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2b- 3  More...

Posted 6/19/2018 08:43 PM


“Get help!” is a partial answer

When a school, a church, a movie theater or a concert arena is terrorized by a mass shooter, everyone offers “thoughts and prayers.” Following the high profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the response seems limited to pub More...

Posted 6/12/2018 09:58 PM


Pentecost Sunday was recently celebrated by Christians this year on May 20, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ. The word Pentecost means the “50th day” after Easter Sunday.  More...

Posted 5/29/2018 10:32 PM

I want to scream from the mountaintops! I want to hide in a hole. This world we live in is driving me mad! More...

Posted 5/15/2018 11:16 PM


Friendship through Keeping the Commandments

Greg Asimakoupoulos had this story to share:   More...

Posted 5/8/2018 09:20 PM


As a child, I grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from the late forties to the mid-sixties. I did not care about the ethnicity of my friends. All I knew was that they were my friends. More...

Posted 4/24/2018 10:15 PM

“Watch out for the deer, they’re everywhere!”  Every year about this time, I hear the warnings, and try to heed the advice to be on the lookout for the deer on the roads. More...

Posted 4/10/2018 09:52 PM

Easter Morning

In the Gospel, everything gets turned on its head: the last is first; the leader serves; strength is made perfect in weakness. The Easter proclamation is no different: victory is won by defeat, and death overcome by death. More...

Posted 4/3/2018 08:21 PM

Holy Week Reflections

The arrival of Holy Week causes me to think about the concept of forgiveness even more than usual. At times I have needed to forgive, and have really, really struggled to do so. More...

Posted 3/27/2018 06:22 PM



During the mid-eighties when the AIDS epidemic was in its early days, Father Dante and I began to foster and adopt children living with HIV/AIDS. Four of our sons living with the virus died at very young ages. More...

Posted 3/13/2018 08:34 PM

For the last two weeks, we’ve watched the human spirit at its best. The Olympics provided a beautiful window on the world’s best athletes in competition. More...

Posted 2/27/2018 11:54 PM

Prayer Changes Things

I remember a story about a woman who brought home a wall hanging that said, “Prayer changes things.” She put it in her kitchen above her sink. Her husband came home, and said, “Take that down, please.” She said, “Why? More...

Posted 2/6/2018 09:47 PM

Catskills Rising

As a millennial living in the region, but not originally from here, I’m always fascinated by conversations with those who did grow up in the mountains. More...

Posted 1/30/2018 10:03 PM


Happy New Year!! Or Not?

Most of us enter a New Year with a sense of optimism and anticipation, but sometimes unexpected events have a huge impact. More...

Posted 1/2/2018 09:33 PM

Kicking The Bucket List

“Volunteer Your Way Around The World”  More...

Posted 7/18/2017 10:24 PM


A USA Today feature this spring demonstrated the reason the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHSA) has mandated that member states institute mandatory pitch counts in school baseball programs this spring. More...

Posted 4/4/2017 09:26 PM

Catskill Portraits to place focus on our neighbors

The Catskill Mountain News is pleased to introduce a new weekly column by Bovina resident John Tucker called “A Catskill Portrait.” More...

Posted 1/10/2017 09:53 PM

Cultural Connections:

From Tin Horns to Twitter

Tina Mole was elected Chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors last week, the first woman ever to hold that office. It’s a milestone for sure when 220 years of precedent are upended in a single moment. More...

Posted 1/10/2017 09:53 PM

Cultural Connections:

From Tin Horns to Twitter

If there’s a reader among us who doesn’t know the story of the first Thanksgiving, we’d be hard pressed to find him or her. More...

Posted 11/22/2016 10:23 PM

Here's the Scoop: April 13, 2016

What’s your reading?

As I note occasionally in this space, I’m a “routine oriented” kind of guy. That’s a nice way of describing some of the things I do. And do. And do. More...

Posted 4/12/2016 07:00 PM

In This Place: April 13, 2016

Springtime for Maggie

Now that spring is finally on the way, I thought it was time to see how Maggie Scudder’s clan was faring some 60-odd years ago. Spring cleaning, new calves and some spring fever (well, spring mumps at least) were all in the picture. More...

Posted 4/12/2016 07:01 PM

Here's the Scoop: March 30, 2016

Hear ye, Hear ye — no more!

I listen to lots of music. As general rule, when I get up, the radio goes on. That’s mostly for news, though, so I have some idea of what’s happening in the world — even if I may not want to know. More...

Posted 3/29/2016 07:40 PM

Here's the Scoop: March 23, 2016

We should be scared. Very scared

Like thousands of other people, I was amused/ashamed by this week’s news report of an Easter Bunny (I suspect there’s more than one) getting into a brawl with a mall visitor. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 09:16 PM

A Catskill Portrait

Debbie Marmaro Sets the Tone in Andes More...

Posted 7/10/2018 08:08 PM



As I sat watching the fireworks this week, I began reminiscing about the many ways my family and my community celebrated. Good memories; family picnics, parades, even a church service and patriotic music! What were we celebrating this year? More...

Posted 7/10/2018 08:09 PM


Leadership has failed us

In my profession I preach. If you don't like being preached at, you might want to quit reading now. If you're still reading, though I like preaching, it's not always my favorite part of the job. Why? More...

Posted 6/26/2018 08:47 PM


Do the Right Thing

A number of years ago there was a public service announcement campaign using the slogan “Do the Right Thing.” I think we would all agree that this is a noble goal. More...

Posted 6/5/2018 09:48 PM

Memorial Day Tribute

Memorial Day weekend is freshly in our rear-view mirror, having ushered in the beginning of summer. We loved the picture parades with marching bands, fire trucks, local celebrities waving from convertibles, picnics, camping and lawn sales. More...

Posted 5/29/2018 10:32 PM

Happy Tails

Sam is a hound/collie mix who was at the shelter for several months. More...

Posted 5/29/2018 10:32 PM


Be Open to Change

I remember a story about a woman who brought home a wall hanging that said, “Prayer changes things.” She put it in her kitchen above her sink. Her husband came home, and said, “Take that down, please.” She said, “Why? More...

Posted 5/1/2018 07:50 PM


Several years ago, my daughter Sharon was starting a job as an RN in an Elmira, NY hospital. It was an unfamiliar community and she needed to find an apartment so it was my task to find a place in a good neighborhood at the right price. More...

Posted 4/18/2018 12:00 AM

Happy Tails

For 50 years, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society has served and supported homeless and unwanted animals throughout the region. More...

Posted 4/10/2018 09:52 PM

Here’s to St. Patrick!

It’s that time of year where everyone claims to be Irish, myself included! Here’s to St. Patrick!  While I was attending seminary, I had the opportunity to study in Wales for six weeks. The topic? St. More...

Posted 3/20/2018 09:23 PM


An experience with God

In 1982 at 26 years old I had an experience with God. Prior to this I had always belvieved in God as taught in our family church, but the moral compass never took too well. More...

Posted 3/6/2018 11:49 PM

Chocolate, Hot Dates, Fasting and Contrition: Valentine’s Day and Lent

Knowing that this reflection would publish in February, two obvious subjects presented themselves. More...

Posted 2/20/2018 09:09 PM



Recently Father Eric, a fellow clergyman and I were taking down Christmas decorations at Holy Innocents Cathedral. The beautiful Nativity under the altar had now been removed and we both felt somewhat of a letdown. More...

Posted 1/30/2018 10:03 PM


“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot... a time to weep and a time to laugh....”. More...

Posted 1/16/2018 08:37 PM


Choices, Choices, Choices

For traditional Christians, the Christmas season lasts a good while. More...

Posted 1/9/2018 09:06 PM

Catskills Rising

Facetious Filipov

It was a deliciously warm and sunny afternoon when I took Ilyusha Filipov to Blue Bee’s in Delhi for a short interview and a bite to eat.  More...

Posted 12/20/2017 12:26 AM


“When I stepped off of the bus at the Hluhluwe Game Preserve in Zulu Land I was overcome by a feeling that I had been there before, a feeling so strong that it brought tears to my eyes,” Iris Mead told me as she sat at her kitchen table.& More...

Posted 5/9/2017 10:59 PM

Cultural Connections:

From Tin Horns to Twitter

A Culture of Caring By Joan Lawrence-Bauer More...

Posted 2/14/2017 09:46 PM

A Catskill Portrait

Working with animals a lifelong passion for Tricia Spickerman

Tricia Spickerman lives with her family in a white farmhouse on Coulter Brook Road, about a mile east of Bovina Center. The property includes a stable and a couple other buildings that sit above Coulter Brook itself. More...

Posted 1/10/2017 09:53 PM

Cultural Connections:

From Tin Horns to Twitter

Traveling the roads through the Catskill Mountains during the holiday season offers a glimpse into the holiday traditions cherished by families and communities in the region. More...

Posted 12/21/2016 12:48 AM

Here's the Scoop: April 20, 2016

Forgetting the Big Picture

This wasn’t planned as an Earth Day activity; it just sort of conveniently fell into the proper time period. The “Big Drop” technically occurred a bit before Earth Day, but I still think it counts. More...

Posted 4/19/2016 08:45 PM

Here's The Scoop: April 6, 2016

Snow creates sticky situation

I wasn’t going to mention the weather this week, since many people seem to have that well covered on Facebook. But here goes: It snowed. Quite a lot. More...

Posted 4/5/2016 05:36 PM

In This Place: April 6, 2016

The Past is a Foreign Country

That almost proverbial phrase, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there” is actually the opening line from The Go-Between, a novel by L.P. Hartley. More...

Posted 4/5/2016 05:36 PM

In This Place: March 30, 2016

Opening Day

It’s that time of year already! (Already?! More...

Posted 3/29/2016 07:41 PM

In This Place: March 23, 2016

Can Spring Be Far Behind?

Here are some images from this time of year from the archives, all reminders of what we can anticipate — or dread! More...

Posted 3/22/2016 09:16 PM