“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

One of my nieces told me in early November that she “could not wait for the Holiday season to begin.” I was happy for her and listened intently as to how she planned to celebrate each holiday. It seems to me that there is really no time to wait for the next holiday. Each year the business communities just can’t […]

Number please

I thought the fat lady was about to enter stage-left (where the majority of Ulster voters come from these days) when Democrat Dave Clegg took what appeared to be a commanding 148-vote lead over Republican Mike Kavanagh last week. But they kept counting and she did not sing. With 2,275 absentee votes tallied, there remain 200 affidavits in the hopper; […]

The season in review

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday and got to supply at least one of the dishes with something you grew, or harvested yourself! The growing part is pretty easy. If you grew onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots and perhaps peas, winter squash (pumpkins) or corn, you probably enjoyed the same side dishes as the Pilgrims did. Potatoes […]


It is interesting how my thoughts about Thanksgiving have changed over the years. Lately I have asked myself if I have, in fact, seen it as the opportunity it really can be to renew a commitment to thankfulness each year. I have no reason to be anything but thankful, in so many ways, and I need to remember that. Thankfulness […]

Egg on their faces

Make that an omelet! To absolute public consternation and surprise and no little rage, five Ulster County legislators voted – in effect – for sexual harassment at Tuesday’s night’s regular monthly meeting. Two were women. Detractors cited “process” as their reason for denying the legislature unanimous rejection. At issue was the unprecedented formal censure of a county legislator, Democrat Hector […]

You Can’t Get a Buck for Buck

I was at a German restaurant in Ulster County many years ago. On the menu was jaeger schnitzel. Apparently, in German, “jaeger schnitzel” translates into “hunter’s cutlets” traditionally made from either venison (deer meat) or boar. Today, jaeger schnitzel normally includes beef or sometimes even chicken. On the Specials Menu was written “New Zealand Venison Jaeger Schnitzel.” Coincidentally, I had […]


I am back in sunny Florida where the weather is a heck of a lot nicer than it is up north! The arctic blast that came in last week signaled a decisive end to the fall weather. I actually left my home in Conesville a few days earlier than I had planned, to escape an upcoming storm. I was accused […]

Hope in times of our passing

My father passed away earlier this month. It was not unexpected. He lived nearly nine decades, and only spent the last few years in a nursing home where he received excellent care. Just before his birthday in July I had asked him what he wanted for his birthday, to which he had responded quietly, “To go home.” I shared that […]

Frivolous pursuit

Saugerties legislator Joe Maloney, once derided as a “clown” by former county executive Mike Hein for his frequent and pointed criticisms of Hein’s campaign finance practices, can leave office with head high at the end of next month. State supreme court justice Richard Mott not only reversed and dismissed Maloney’s conviction last year by a Hein-appointed county ethics board’s conflicts […]

Putting the gardens to bed

I returned to Florida for the winter just before the deep freeze set in. I left many last minute chores undone in my haste to get out of Dodge, but I did manage to accomplish some of these fall tasks. It is time for my annual “putting the gardens to bed” column. Here are some tips for your home landscape. […]

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