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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
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
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
Sometimes you don’t get along with a health practitioner and you have to change to a different one. Such was the case last week when I went for my tri-weekly exam and immunotherapy infusion. … more
The burn ban is finally over and now I can start cleaning my yard so that I will be able to mow as we get toward the end of May. My lawn is about eight to ten inches high right now and of course I … more
If you need a physical embodiment of the passage of time you do not have to look any further than the cell phone. Specifically, I can gauge the passing of the years by examining the development of … more
In my last column, I wrote about funny people in my life. One of them was my sister-in-law, Marion. I thought of another saying of hers that I forgot to include. Since she was a hair dresser, people … more
  I want to preface this by saying that I rarely keep plants alive. This could be why my husband purchased myself a self-watering herb garden planter. However, this has been my fifth year in a … more
It’s rare to have a best day these days, especially if you are me. But I had one this past Saturday, at JURNI’s Mother’s Day Health and Wellness fair. JURNI, located in Cocheton, NY … more
Many of us take for granted how lucky we are to live in an area that offers scenic beauty as we drive on our roads. That thought came to mind last week when I was stuck in traffic as I was leaving … more
Lately I have been absolutely obsessed with all things ramps, including ramp pesto. If you haven’t tried them already, I highly suggest it. Their season will only last for about two more weeks! … more
I’m trying not to use the word “believe” anymore as in “I believe…” What does it matter what I believe? What I believe is not important, and may or may not be the … more
What a difference a week makes, from cold wet weather a week and a half ago to the beautiful tropical conditions we had this week. Looking at the forecast through mid-May, the nighttime temperatures … more
Sometimes words in the English language can do “a complete 180” with just an inadvertent flick on the space bar. In a draft for this column, I caused such a turnaround when I started … more
We all know her…or shall I say knew her? She was a beauty. Even in her old age. Stoic throughout the years. A trouper with immense tenacity holding up to life’s hardships. We all … more
With every passing year, my body gives me yet another rude wake-up call that I’m getting old. First, my hair got a bit grayer. Then my eyes got a bit weaker. Now my blood has … more
With the nice weather this week, I heard and saw a lot of lawn mowers going. I cannot stress too much the importance of No Mow May to help pollinator populations. Even this week with the nice weather … more
It is April 26 so please go outside and hug a tree!   Today is when we celebrate Arbor Day! Arbor Day is a special holiday where planting, nurturing and appreciation of our forests and … more
Spring is here and we are gearing up for the second annual Catskill Cuisine food festival at Bethel Woods. This event, sponsored by elite partner Labelle Farms and presented by Resorts World … more
I spent the night in Cochecton, NY. Not at a hotel, but rather at JURNI located at 420 Bernas Road, a new healing center open round the clock seven days a week. Co-owned by local entrepreneurs, … more
If you’ve ever been on social media, you have probably seen the viral tomato feta pasta bake. I really wanted to hate this trend because of all the “hype” surrounding it.... but I … more
I frequently was a “day tripper” using the COACH/SHORTLINE bus to travel to and from New York City. It was reasonably priced, and it allowed me to visit friends in the city without the … more
My great-grandson, Scotty, is now six months old and his father, John McFarlane, was trying to pick a time when the whole family would be able to visit us in River Edge. John and his family live in … more
We all know people who argue with the word, no. It’s hard enough standing up to those types, even harder when you, yourself, have trouble saying “no” to begin with. Here’s a … more
I was talking with my friend Paul about luggage when I told him I needed to get a new valise. “You’re going to Greece? “No, I need a valise.” “Why do you … more
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