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Maia Wilde’s “Dirt Roads Less Travelled” navigates inner terrain

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Whether as an actor, a life coach or a radio host, Maia Wilde has found a way to meld her cavalier spirit and desire to perform in a way that helps others find their path. Wilde hosts “Dirt Roads Less Traveled” on alternate Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. on WIOX, after previously hosting a program called “The Moment.” Soul searching “It’s […]

Casting of stones


We are now approaching the fifth Sunday of Lent, drawing closer towards the end of the Lenten season. On that Sunday we hear in our Gospel of a woman caught in the act of adultery. She is brought by the Scribes and Pharisees into the Temple area before Jesus and a very angry mob. Those gathered felt justified that she […]

A Catskill Portrait

Roxbury’s Bonnie Walker has found true home in the Catskills as a daughter, wife, nurturer of children, and planter of gardens

When I recently pulled up to Bonnie Walker’s lovely home on a pristine hillside near Roxbury, it was easy to believe that she—along with husband Steve—had found her piece of paradise in these mountains. And, indeed, she has…and they have. So it was humbling to learn what the two of them started with when they arrived in the Catskills some […]

Open borders


Up in the hills of Olive and Shandaken, even unto Denning and Hardenburgh, whispers of Ulster County legislator Kathy Nolan’s alleged “Delaware County residency” are once again making the rounds. “Old news” to some, it was nonetheless worth another listen. Unlike on the Rio Grande, there are open borders between Ulster and Delaware counties. Signs on the main roads indicate […]

Jews and Christians to share Seder meal


The season of Lent is one that calls Christians to reflect upon how we live out our faith in Christ. It begins with Ash Wednesday and culminates with Easter Sunday. Because it coincides with the beginning of spring (some years more than others), it is easy to equate it with overall renewal, and the fresh start that spring typically inspires. […]

Adding depth to the forest



Igrew up in New Paltz, Ulster County in the 1980s. I didn’t know it at the time, but this little town sat at the cultural crossroads of upstate New York and New York City. I had friends on both sides of the cultural aisle. One wore fancy Italian dress shoes and spoke with a glimmer in his eye about the […]

Going… going…


I’m beginning to wonder how much more county legislator Hector Rodriguez, credibly accused of “inappropriate behavior” toward a number of women over several years, can take. More to the point, how much more can the Democratic majority in the legislature take of Hector? Four months ago, Rodriguez, an eight-term senior Democratic legislator from New Paltz, was on the cusp of […]

Botanical Gardens


This past week a couple of my friends from Ithaca, NY were down here in Florida visiting botanical gardens from St Petersburg to Miami. Both of them are knowledgeable horticulturalists with a passion for plants that most tourists do not necessarily share. I joined them to tour two lovely places that are less than a half hour drive from my […]

These are the times that try men’s souls.


Every day, in every year, incidents happen that cause people to question the need for, or the wisdom of having faith in God. We lose something precious; someone we love takes sick or dies; a community tragedy occurs; a gunman lets loose killing dozens of innocent people, often in their places of worship…. These, and other occurrences like them present […]

Nature and taxes


One of the worst examples of 20th century industrial desecration is the former Hudson Cement/Tilcon property on the Hudson River bank at Kingston’s northern border with the Town of Ulster. Limestone was discovered on the 500- acre site toward the end of the 19th century, leading to a booming cement industry that thrived until the 1970s when it abruptly ended. […]


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