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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 08:22 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 08:02 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 05:55 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 10:04 PM

Hauling envy

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

Posted 10/10/2017 07:43 PM

From the mountains to the sea

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

Posted 9/19/2017 10:39 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 07:33 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 07:43 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 08:11 PM

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Wedding Bells Ring. Again.   More...

Posted 7/26/2017 09:30 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 09:14 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 10:35 PM

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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 10:05 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 07:47 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 08:30 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 09:14 PM

Can you dig it? Yes. A lot.

It’s funny how much people in the northeast look forward to the passing of winter and the arrival of spring. I definitely count myself as a member of this group.  More...

Posted 4/18/2017 07:47 PM

Suits me just fine

I went on a shopping trip over the weekend. This wasn’t just any shopping journey, either. More...

Posted 4/11/2017 06:28 PM

Tales from the Dark Side

Satan has left the building. Wait, Satan wasn’t even in the building. Still, she’s gone now.  More...

Posted 3/28/2017 07:26 PM

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Unexpected problem   A few weeks back, I revealed in this space that I have decided to cut back on foods that contain gluten in an effort to calm longtime aches in my knees. More...

Posted 3/14/2017 06:30 PM

On the cutting edge

Surprising semi-fact: I’m hip. Yeah, I was shocked, too.  I guess maybe “hip” isn’t the right word. Trendy might fit. But, it’s not on purpose. Let me explain.  More...

Posted 2/28/2017 08:49 PM

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Going hog wild I got my first taste of “hog farming” this week. Maybe farming isn’t the proper term. I “bought some pig parts,” is a more accurate description. More...

Posted 2/7/2017 06:12 PM

Making our voices heard

I went to my first Women’s March a few weeks back. I’m actually not a woman and neither am I particularly fond of marching, so heading to Washington for this event wouldn’t seem like an ideal fit for me. But, it was. Very much so. More...

Posted 1/31/2017 07:39 PM

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So much not to do... It was hard for me to believe — I had two weekends in a row coming up with nothing planned. No anticipated guests. No place to go. My leisure time would be a blank canvas. I could get projects completed. Or started, anyhow. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 05:51 PM

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Happy to “help”   Cookie Season is underway. That’s a good thing for me — as someone who inherited the legendary Sweeney Sweet Tooth. A more accurate term is probably Sweet Teeth.  More...

Posted 12/20/2016 11:48 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 08:38 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 07:46 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 10:23 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 07:10 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 07:27 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 08:06 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 08:58 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 08:30 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 07:52 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 09:21 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 09:24 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 05:52 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 07:29 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 6/6/2017 11:28 PM

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 09:25 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 09:58 PM

Bringing the outdoors in

“Can you grab the clippers, please?” To me, those words have come to signal that spring is really here. More...

Posted 4/25/2017 11:03 PM

The party’s over

I’m a bit groggy this week, having survived (barely) a Bachelor Extended Weekend. As luck would have it, the same weekend that my wife was heading out of town for a bridal shower, I had my annual Fantasy Baseball draft.  More...

Posted 4/4/2017 08:26 PM

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Spoke a bit too soon   Here’s a Catskill Mountain history quiz: Who is credited with the famous quote “It doesn’t snow in March around here anymore.”  More...

Posted 3/21/2017 11:09 PM

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Jury’s out on style   I’m not exactly what you would call a “clothes horse.” In fact, when it comes to buying apparel, I’m more of a stubborn donkey in that I’d usually not rather part with the loot.  More...

Posted 3/7/2017 08:43 PM

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When push comes to shovel   It was only a few weeks back that I was celebrating (sort of) the arrival of the season’s first consistent snowfalls and the winter fun that follows. More...

Posted 2/21/2017 09:39 PM

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Going off track   You may recall that right after Christmas I was lamenting the fact that I had received some spiffy cross-country skis as a gift — but there was scarce snow on which to use this equipment. I was only kidding. More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

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The imperfect guest   The idea of being a houseguest seems like a fairly simple deed. You go, toss your suitcase in the spare bedroom and settle in for some small talk. Easier said than done, in my book.  More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:45 PM

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Now we’re cooking   Experienced readers of this column have learned that my culinary work generally revolves around my ability to doctor up oatmeal so it’s edible. More...

Posted 1/10/2017 08:53 PM

Now hear this - softly

Everyone, it seems, performs Christmas songs these days. Some folks might think that musicians making holiday music is a quick and easy way to make a little extra money. If that’s the case, this trend fits in perfectly with the reality of Christmas. More...

Posted 12/13/2016 08:37 PM