Let the games begin

I have a bit of a competitive nature. I don’t think it’s overwhelming, but I simply enjoy winning. A lot. Losing, well, I’d just as soon leave that to others. Just kidding about such matters. Except for the losing part. More...

Posted 4/18/2018 12:00 AM

Color me changed

Did you ever set out to perform a “simple” task and find that it becomes much more involved than you have planned? Me, too.  More...

Posted 3/27/2018 06:22 PM

Pedal to the Medal

In all the excitement recounting some of the exploits at the recent Sweeney Family Reunion, I forgot to mention that my wife and I were the recipients of a coveted prize at this event!  More...

Posted 3/20/2018 09:23 PM

Fair weather fan

Wow. That was some snowstorm. At least, that’s what they tell me.  More...

Posted 3/6/2018 11:49 PM

Time to turn the page

Yes, I remember quite clearly the mid-March storm last year when we needed to hire someone with a Skid-Steer to remove three feet of snow from the road to our house.  More...

Posted 2/20/2018 09:08 PM

The seeds are always blacker...and oilier

Whenever I read in someone’s obituary a line like, “She (or he) loved to feed the birds,” I feel a bit of a bond with this person, even if I didn’t know the deceased.  More...

Posted 2/6/2018 09:46 PM

Here's The Scoop

The sound of music   I read with interest this week’s On The Street column where folks were asked about their most memorable concert experiences. As a general rule, I try to schedule work around attending concerts. More...

Posted 1/23/2018 09:13 PM

A community’s loss

The news of Jake Rosa’s untimely passing rocked our community last week. Everybody knew Jake. More...

Posted 1/9/2018 09:06 PM

A picture is worth a thousand...insults

Because I have to often contend with the pesky little thing known as “real life,” I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 08:29 PM

Here’s the Scoop!

Shedding light on the holidays Christmas is a special time of year for many people. The presents, the cheerful greetings, the egg nog. What’s not to like? Well, an argument can be made that holiday decorations have gotten a bit over the top. More...

Posted 12/5/2017 09:22 PM

Holiday choices

Like countless others, I’m actively looking forward to an enjoyable Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, stuffing, cranberries — what’s not to like?  More...

Posted 11/21/2017 09:02 PM

Time for...confusion

It happens twice a year, but the effects are far-ranging. Daylight Savings Time change is well known for making people late for work. Or early for work. More...

Posted 11/7/2017 06:55 PM

Give it a listen

In case you haven’t heard, “Vinyl is making a comeback.” That’s good news for musicians and listeners who actually care about the way recordings sound. More...

Posted 10/24/2017 11:04 PM

Hauling envy

Well, I attended my first Touch a Truck Family Fall Festival in Margaretville last week. More...

Posted 10/10/2017 08:43 PM

From the mountains to the sea

I recently had the good fortune of enjoying a beach vacation. More...

Posted 9/19/2017 11:39 PM

Which one’s Pink?

We had dinner recently with some friends who I’ve known since elementary school. That’s a long time, according to the calendar.  More...

Posted 9/5/2017 08:33 PM

Paying the price of Friendship

Well, it’s over. The Friendship Wall is complete. Anyone who has been following my “progress” on this project via this column is probably wondering, “What took you so long?” Good question.  More...

Posted 8/22/2017 08:43 PM

Cruise into the past

At last Friday’s “Retro Cruise In,” sponsored by the Business Association of Margaretville, dozens of owners rolled into the village to put their pride and joy vehicles on display for visitors.  I’m not sure of the vintag More...

Posted 8/8/2017 09:11 PM

Here’s the Scoop!

Wedding Bells Ring. Again.   More...

Posted 7/26/2017 10:30 AM

The Wall, Part 2

In case you missed my wife’s Facebook post, I thought it would be appropriate to give an update on The Friendship Wall I’m building. More...

Posted 7/11/2017 10:14 PM

Rock Solid Event

I’m pleased to report that my wife and I have survived another Solid Sound festival. Barely. More...

Posted 6/27/2017 11:35 PM

Here's The Scoop

Holy loss to society!   Like many folks, I was saddened this week to learn of the death of Adam West, the original “Batman” in the 1960s TV series.  More...

Posted 6/13/2017 11:05 PM

It MUST be here — somewhere

Did you ever “lose” something, but you don’t really think it’s lost? Me too. A lot. I’ve got years of experience misplacing items like my wallet and car keys. In fact, I’d hate to total up the amount of time I’ve spent looking for such things. More...

Posted 6/7/2017 12:28 AM

It’s a cover-up

Last week, I provided many of the exciting (to me) details about getting our gardens ready for spring. More...

Posted 5/23/2017 10:25 PM

The Big Day arrives

After a considerable amount of preparation, it was time to attend our niece’s wedding last weekend. Because the event was a good distance away, we left a few days in advance.  More...

Posted 5/9/2017 10:58 PM

The quest continues

Well, another work-end has come and gone. In between some “real” work and a few other obligations, I continued my quest to paint our entire house before the first daffodils sprout. More...

Posted 4/10/2018 09:52 PM

Sounding off

In recent years, I’ve become much more aware of noise. More...

Posted 4/3/2018 08:21 PM

Mark of a good reunion

I did something recently that I never thought would happen — I got a tattoo. It’s not a big one, but it’s noticeable — if you know where to look.  More...

Posted 3/13/2018 08:33 PM

Happy GF Anniversary

I’m celebrating an anniversary this month. One year of gluten-free living. It’s awful. Plus, there are no gifts.  Well, maybe that description is too harsh. More...

Posted 2/27/2018 11:54 PM

Down (and up) a slippery slope

Ice: The Final Frontier.  My own spin on the famous quote is about the extent of my knowledge of Star Trek, but it seemed appropriate to borrow this phrase to help describe this winter.  More...

Posted 2/13/2018 10:10 PM

Here's the Scoop!

Game of cat and mouse   Pretty much everyone likes presents. I know I do. Especially when they are unexpected.  More...

Posted 1/30/2018 10:03 PM

Time to take stock

Dedicated readers know that I like to provide updates on my firewood supply. For me, it’s so much easier to write about firewood than to actually cut, stack and haul it into the house. Less messy, too. More...

Posted 1/16/2018 08:37 PM

Staying up too late

The first column of a New Year is always exciting — filled with optimism and recounting the race to break New Year’s Resolutions. More...

Posted 1/2/2018 09:32 PM

A journey so near

I always find it interesting when I “discover” a new place that’s really close to home. Sometimes it’s a road, a restaurant, a small shop or even an entire town I’ve never visited.  More...

Posted 12/12/2017 10:30 PM

Hey, that’s not me! Is it?

“You know, they have Facebook posts about guys like you,” my wife called out to me the other day. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 09:38 PM

Under the weather

You don’t look so good,” were the words of a friend who stopped by my office last week.  More...

Posted 11/14/2017 08:46 PM

Give it a listen. Again

I decided to do some cleaning last week. Not the kind that involves Comet and scouring pads, but a much less physically strenuous type of activity. More...

Posted 10/31/2017 11:23 PM

View from the top

The painting project that I detailed a few weeks back is still lumbering onward. In a stroke of good fortune, though, I was offered a reprieve over the weekend.  More...

Posted 10/17/2017 08:10 PM

Getting chilly

Back in August, I wrote a column about my adventures in blueberry picking. Here’s the Cliff Notes version of that event: It was fun and we scored lots of blueberries.  More...

Posted 10/3/2017 08:27 PM

Talking the walk

Some readers will be pleased to know I have a new obsession. Last week, I wrote about the differences between hiking in the mountains and walking at the beach. More...

Posted 9/26/2017 09:06 PM

Music to my ears

You may recall that last week I mentioned that I would be attending a concert by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame.  It’s true that sometimes (read: often), I need a little prodding before I recognize a good opportunity when I see one. More...

Posted 9/12/2017 09:58 PM

Colorful time of year

This year, it’s been kind of hard to distinguish between spring, summer and early fall. With about three “hot” days, it’s hardly been a balmy summer. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 09:30 PM

Take your pick

I was feeling blue this weekend. Berry, berry blue.  Any self-respecting berry-picker knows we’re in the midst of peak blueberry season in the Catskills. More...

Posted 8/15/2017 08:52 PM

The heat is on

I’ve become the News’ unofficial wedding reviewer, but I can’t do that all the time. I have a limited number of weddings I can attend within a year.  More...

Posted 8/1/2017 10:21 PM

Rainy day workout

As I was out driving around the other day, I can’t say I was completely surprised to see signs being put up renaming some state-owned lands the “Catskill Rain Forest Preserve.” Makes sense.  More...

Posted 7/18/2017 10:24 PM

Stacking ‘em up

“I’m building a wall.” Sound familiar? I thought so. But, it’s not that kind of wall.  More...

Posted 7/4/2017 06:52 PM

Sounds of summer have arrived

The summer music scene kicked off a few days early, according to the official calendar. That’s OK, because the weather at last weekend’s Mountain Jam was about as pleasant as you could hope for at an outdoor music festival.  More...

Posted 6/20/2017 08:29 PM

A brilliant idea

I’m light sensitive. That doesn’t apply to sunlight, which I love. At least, I seem to recall that I’d fond of sunlight, but I haven’t seen enough of it lately to be completely certain.  More...

Posted 5/30/2017 08:47 PM

Working out the bugs

The arrival of Mother’s Day can only mean one thing. Well, I guess it can mean quite a few things, but along with dinner out or purchasing plants, this annual occasion has turned into a sort of National Gardening Day. At least around here. More...

Posted 5/16/2017 09:30 PM

Time for spring cleaning

Computers have gotten a bad rap. For a long time, computers were regarded as cold, impersonal machines. This viewpoint probably stemmed from how early, massive versions were portrayed in movies.  More...

Posted 5/2/2017 10:14 PM