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 4/26/2017 12:03 AM

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 09:26 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 3/22/2017 12:09 AM

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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 09:43 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 10:39 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 09:46 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 09:45 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 09:53 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 09:37 PM

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Seeing things more clearly   During a recent stretch of “this sure feels like climate change” weather, I took advantage of mid-60s temperatures to wash my office windows. Clearly, the work made a big difference.  More...

Posted 12/6/2016 08:55 PM

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Voting for tension   It’s almost Thanksgiving. Time for massive amounts of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and…tension!  More...

Posted 11/22/2016 10:23 PM

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Enlightening experience!  A few weeks back, I detailed my annual “My Pumpkin Crop Was A Failure — Again!” column. I even tossed in some info about how everything is all about pumpkins this time of year — including foods. More...

Posted 11/15/2016 08:54 PM

Feelings squashed — again

For a number of years now, I’ve had the sad task of documenting another failed pumpkin crop. Since pumpkins are my favorite, it’s really the only part of the garden to which I pay much attention. More...

Posted 10/25/2016 07:21 PM

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Color me skeptical More...

Posted 10/11/2016 11:26 PM

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Fall condition in the air   I always find it interesting how many people who live around here find autumn to be such a great season. I hate it. Great sleeping weather. The aroma of burning leaves. The first indoor fires of the season. More...

Posted 9/27/2016 08:53 PM

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Fern enough   Because I don’t write a journal, it’s helpful for me to keep track of things via this column. More...

Posted 9/13/2016 09:53 PM

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No sweat, this fall   For the first time in recent memory — or forever — the approach of September doesn’t have me in a “wood cutting panic.”  More...

Posted 8/30/2016 07:45 PM

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Coming into focus   “That’s not very many.” The words were not said in a mean sense; they were just matter of fact. Truthful, if anything.  More...

Posted 8/16/2016 09:38 PM

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Feeding time in nature   Regular readers know that I have a weird fascination with bears. As long as they aren’t tearing up family, friends or property, I think they are really cool. More...

Posted 8/9/2016 09:40 PM

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Some music and a chat   Bravo, Adele! The pop superstar recently made headlines stopped in the middle of a show and asked a fan to put away her video camera, because the show was happening right in front of her — “live.”  More...

Posted 7/12/2016 07:49 PM

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Looking ahead...and way back   Late June in this area signals many things — my favorite being the “real” start of summer. I’m sorry, but I don’t buy the logic that Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer. More...

Posted 6/28/2016 09:57 PM

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It’s a coverup!   Mulch. It’s an odd sounding word. Mulch seems like it should be describing an unpleasant tasting breakfast cereal that kids are forced to eat.  More...

Posted 6/14/2016 09:19 PM

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Smooth move   “Join the club,” as the saying goes. So, I did.  The club in which I’m now enrolled isn’t your typical organization. In fact, I doubt if most members ever meet face-to-face. More...

Posted 5/31/2016 08:03 PM

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Make a list...check it...once   More...

Posted 5/17/2016 09:09 PM

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A dangerous walk in the woods More...

Posted 5/3/2016 08:56 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 08:47 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 07:28 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 08:26 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 07:30 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 09:49 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 07:12 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 08:39 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 06:51 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 12/21/2016 12:48 AM

It Was Da Bomb!

This week, we take a look at two different “bombshells,” one political and cultural, the other very much the real thing. More...

Posted 12/13/2016 09:37 PM

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The time is here...   I’m not a fan of “Christmas in October.” September either. More...

Posted 11/29/2016 10:12 PM

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It’s a circus out there   It’s been a few weeks since I’ve seen any stories about “creepy clowns” causing a commotion anywhere. That’s OK with me.  More...

Posted 11/8/2016 08:59 PM

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Some things never change   The other day, I was going through some “things,” (I referred to them as treasures and my wife thought they best fit the “junk” category) and I came across my old “ABC Book.”  More...

Posted 11/1/2016 08:24 PM

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Shouldering the work burden   More...

Posted 10/18/2016 08:47 PM

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Season’s over. Thankfully More...

Posted 10/4/2016 06:08 PM

End of an era, loss of a friend

Saturday was bittersweet in the community as a funeral was held for Thomas L. Smith. The day was filled with sadness, but there was also a good dose of joy and humor as folks recalled special memories of “Tommy.”  More...

Posted 9/20/2016 09:07 PM

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The sleepy feeling I’m feeling a bit groggy today. That’s not usual. More...

Posted 9/6/2016 10:22 PM

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Don’t I know you?   So, this was weird. More...

Posted 8/23/2016 10:48 PM

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A berry good season   As we begin the early days of August, I’m feeling blue. In a good way. I guess it’s more accurate to say that I’m feeling “blueberry.”  More...

Posted 8/2/2016 09:42 PM

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Time to go   Every once in awhile, it’s a good idea to “get out of town.” Way out of town. By choice, of course.  More...

Posted 7/26/2016 11:44 PM

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‘Tis The Season   Flip-flop season is in full swing. I like how it sounds.  More...

Posted 7/5/2016 09:32 PM

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I wonder who’s calling   This is one of those dirty little secrets that should remain… secret. But, I’m letting it out. I now have Caller ID. There, I wrote it and I don’t feel awful about this admission. More...

Posted 6/21/2016 09:55 PM

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In a jam — the good kind   More...

Posted 6/7/2016 10:09 PM

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Another special year   Tent caterpillars, ladybugs, squirrels, even bears — all have enjoyed recent “Year of” status in the region. Well, at least around our property. More...

Posted 5/24/2016 09:14 PM

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Spring cleaning time   A few weeks back, I started receiving phone calls from kind folks telling me something like, “I tried e-mailing you, but it said your mailbox was full.” In case you’ve never had this experience, it’ More...

Posted 5/10/2016 08:30 PM