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I used to think May was an odd time of the year for America to mark Mental Health Awareness Month.   Why not in December when so many of us struggle with the overwhelm of the holidays … more
When I’d enter the side door of the school, I had two choices.   I could turn right immediately, head up the stairs and venture past the gym first, then the cafeteria before making … more
Have you noticed a new pattern emerging in those “where you are from” conversations?   The shift was slow at first, only for it to take on hyperspeed since the pandemic began. … more
The emergency room practitioner needed to share just two words for the stress sitting at the base of my skull to start thrusting its elbows outward in both directions, pushing to take over control of … more
Imagine, for a moment, that you’re standing in line somewhere.   Perhaps it’s the post office, or maybe it’s the grocery store. Or possibly you’re standing in the … more
Growing up, most of us learn that the keys to doing well and advancing in a job are working hard and keeping your nose clean.   It’s true ... mostly.   Here’s what … more
You’re going to be terrified of your kid doing the sorts of things at 18 (almost 19) that you once did quite easily at 17.   This is one of the (many) things I’ve learned during … more
If you caught the front page of the Democrat last week, you already know the news for parents seeking childcare in our county is bleak.   The Hudson Valley as a whole has seen a 27 percent … more
Have you ever driven by a house and wondered if it still looks the same inside as it did when you were 15? It can’t just be me.   There’s a fairly common movie plot point that … more
I am a journalist who has had to write about suicide-related deaths.   I am also a person who deeply loves a person who died by suicide.   I tell you both of these things to make … more
I’m not sure when, exactly, I started counting down the days until my child would graduate from school.   Was it on December 14, 2012, as I held tight to my second grader during our … more
Seated on the examination table at my doctor’s office, I was trying to do the math in my head.   If my daughter was 7 or 8 when my new physician’s assistant spent summers as my … more
Four thousand steps.   That’s how many we’re supposed to take daily if we want to reduce our risk of dying, at least according to the largest study to date on the topic. … more
There are plenty of groups you can split humanity into cleanly — the “toilet paper over” people vs. the “toilet paper under” people, the ones who would load the salsa … more
The words were out of my mouth before I’d quite realized what I was about to say, but as they tripped over my tongue, a feeling rushed over me.   When I told this teenager who had … more
I don’t decorate for the holidays.   The stockings hung in my living room have been there for a year now, left up last holiday season because no one ever took them down, and I simply … more
It’s one of those Sullivan County events that I’ve always associated with childhood joy. The bright lights, the candy, the appearances by Santa, and the holiday feel have long made the … more
I’d approached the mom to get both her name and the name of her son because I’d captured what I’d hoped was an adorable photo I could send in to the paper for our parade coverage. … more
This November, the US Supreme Court will hear a case sent their way after a federal appeals court overturned a federal law that prohibited the possession of firearms by people subject to domestic … more
It wasn’t exactly what I’d pictured myself doing on a Saturday morning, least of all the morning of my wedding anniversary.   Still, sitting with my fist clenched, arm splayed … more
I’m not sure what part made us laugh hardest.   The bright orange and red leaves on the ground and the bare trees on what was supposed to be a late spring day in the Catskill? … more
Next month you’ll see a sea of pink everywhere from the dairy aisle of your favorite grocery store to the uniforms of your favorite sports team. Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes over … more
When we talk about social media with our kids, we tend to warn them against sharing too much information.   Don’t put your name, don’t put your location. Lock your account. … more
When you’re small, the idea of speeding up time is all you can think about.   You dream of capturing the remote control for the family’s television and hitting the fast forward … more
I drive by the middle finger several times a week, and always it jumps out at me. It’s hard not to see the giant digit, stretched out across a banner that’s several feet wide and hanging … more
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