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We are God’s dearly loved children


Wanda Vassallo shares this story with us: “A gem dealer was strolling the aisles at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show when he noticed a blue-violet stone the size and shape of a potato. He looked it over, then as calmly as possible, asked the vendor, “You want $15 for this?” The seller, realizing the rock wasn’t as pretty as […]

And the winner is…


It was a three-horse race at the top of the stretch where an old nag called Reluctant Dave nosed out Why Not Me Again? and One Trick Pony for chairman of the Ulster County legislature for this year. In an almost straight 13-10 party vote, former chairman Dave Donaldson, Democrat of Kingston, was the surprise winner in a derby that […]

Trees tracking time


Well, I see that the calendar changed from December 2019 to January 2020. I thought we’d be riding hover boards to work by now. In any case, after the New Year is when I begin paying attention to the weather forecast, mainly the “highs” and “lows.” Temperature matters when it comes to sap flow. Sap gathered in late winter is […]

Nap time


Well, the shortest days of the year have passed and day length is getting slightly longer each day. It still seems like it is dark far too long in January. Part of the problem is that it is not only dark, but it is cold and dark. Sometimes, in the dark times of winter, it seems like it would be […]

The value of persistence


Assuming a strange mixture of Christian teleology and Darwinian evolutionary theories, we tell ourselves that all change is evolutionary, that resistance to change is not only futile but that it represents a dangerous, anti-evolutionary reaction that threatens mankind’s continued advancement. Progress is natural, and change is progress. While such a narrative (however simplified I have presented it here) does well […]

And the winners are…


Last week, I promised some more predictions on upcoming elections, but honestly, folks, it’s been slim pickings. For sure, voter interest will peak for this year’s presidential campaign – and let’s hope that local boards of election are up to the challenge – but locally, there’s only a handful of real races. Democrat Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck will be seeking […]

New Year’s Resolution, 2020: Make Yourself Great Again


Most of this week’s column was written by Paul Hexler, who was formerly with Cornell Cooperative Extension. I have edited it somewhat and added a few thoughts of my own. It has nothing to do with gardening. By now, most North Americans have heard the phrase “Make America great again,” a popular slogan used by the Trump campaign. Regardless of […]


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