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In 1960, when I was four, the word ‘memorial’ had no meaning. Put it with ‘day’ and it meant, parade. Memorial Day Parade. What was it for? A clue may have been found in … more
140 Years Ago - 1884 Long Eddy — Vegetation in this section had a very hard struggle with the frost on May 28. Leaves and blossoms on chestnut and butternut trees were all killed and those … more
Since I needed a stronger prescription for my glasses, I took my script to a mall vision center that was running a tremendous sale. The woman picked out some frames she thought would look nice on me, … more
We stand once again on the cusp of another Memorial Day long weekend. Driving over to Middletown last Wednesday, the traffic on 17 was heavy, Sullivan-inbound. The winter was cold and very wet; every … more
I’m often asked why I keep writing about the Catskills. Why I share stories about those days when tens of thousands of folks would be drawn out of the city and up to the mountains on the … more
I finally saw my first hummingbird! I ran over to the Delaware Valley Farm & Garden in Callicoon and purchased some very pretty   flowering plants to help attract them! They are full of so … more
The dictionary defines a humdinger as “a remarkable or outstanding thing of its kind.” Well, this is the time of the year, when in our neck of the woods, we welcome back the humdingers of … more
By most accounts, Memorial Day as it is presently celebrated has its roots in the tradition begun on May 30, 1868 of decorating with freshly bloomed flowers the graves of those soldiers who gave … more
It’s time of year in nature when babies are born and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wants you to learn, “If You Care, Leave It There”. The DEC … more
Birthday wishes to ‘Charlie’, Doug Phillips, Dorothy Wagner, Amy Kristt, Kim Franklin, Joseph Lasher, Corey Gips, Jake Rubin, Blake Levine, Ron Borella, Scott McBride, Eric Kashan, Ruby … more
As our lives get more complicated and filled with all sorts of pressure, it really becomes more important to practice self-care. For the longest time I always felt that self-care   was   … more
As May wraps up, we’re eagerly looking forward to the arrival of summer. The days are getting longer, and there’s a buzz of excitement in the air. It’s the time for outdoor fun, … more
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