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Still children of Adam


Whenever texts are translated, literary nuances in the original necessarily get lost. Genesis 1, for an example, makes a fun little wordplay with the Hebrew adamah, meaning “ground,” or “dirt,” and the word adam, which means “man” (i.e.: “human being”). In the ancient Hebrew mind, the human person was characterized by a direct intimacy and connection with the land, and […]

Three on a match


Kingston’s three-way race for mayor seemed something of a laugher back last summer when almost nobody was paying attention. Not now, as the days dwindle down to a Nov. 5 faceoff between Democratic incumbent Steve Noble, Republican challenger Ellen DiFalco and independent party candidate Vince Rua. Conventional wisdom would suggest that an incumbent with a better than 3-2 enrollment advantage […]

Birds and pesticides


The fall gardening season is in full swing as late season vegetables and flowers come into prominence. I planted a combination of turnips, beets and carrots in my garden in an area that was vacated when I harvested my garlic in late July. The turnips grew quickly and were ready to harvest less than a month after sowing. As I […]

News from our Yellowed Pages


We are now halfway through the month of October, and as the weather grows colder, news stories take on a seasonal bent. Historically, from penny socials, to bar fights, to coal shortages, neither the cold, nor war, nor illness could stop the world from turning. and often the news was a colorful the leaves on the trees. 1918 “The Margaretville […]

Make me an instrument of your peace


A rguably the most celebrated Saint in the world today is Francis of Assisi, who lived in the thirteenth century. Most folks are familiar with him because of his love for nature, especially animals. There is the occasional lawn statue depicting him petting a creature of nature. There are many religious communities dedicated to his mission and charism. Many identify […]

Numbers, please


A nd now the baseball scores: 5-2, 4-3, and a 2-0 shutout! It’s an old joke, which is not to make light of Ulster Count executive Pat Ryan’s first official budget presentation, Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Maritime Museum in Kingston, only to say, you gotta tell ‘em what the budget is. Ryan did give his hand-picked audience of about […]

A ginseng road trip to Appalachia


I just returned from an 11- day, almost 4,000 mile, road trip to Appalachia. My trip began in Ithaca where I spent the first night at a friend’s house. The next morning, I taught a mushroom identification workshop at Cornell’s Arnot forest for a group of enthusiastic “Master Naturalist” trainees. This is a great educational program that teaches volunteers a […]

News from our Yellowed Pages


A look at the “yellowed pages” from the News this week brings back a memory all but forgotten. Those growing up here before the middle of the 1960s will remember a time when leaves were raked up and burned. The smell of burning leaves, though now a cause for concern, was a wonderful aroma that really identified the fall seasons […]

Try prayer


I t’s been brought to my attention that there are many, many people who are searching for something that is missing from their lives. They are searching for something, but they don’t know what it is. They try to find anything to fill the void they feel inside. Some try food, or alcohol, or gambling, or any number of activities […]

Stocking stuffer


Item: Ryan plans to sell TechCity Really? The only problem is the county doesn’t own TechCity. The half-vacant former IBM plant in the Town of Ulster has been owned by Westchester businessman Alan (“I am not the Messiah”) Ginsberg for more than 20 years. And while it’s “on the market,” Ginsberg can’t be forced to sell to anyone. The county […]


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