Category: TOPICS

Where have all the snowmen gone?

So there’s big snow here in the Northeast. Up here, in the Hudson Valley, up to 3 feet.I see lots of video, lots of reporting, on people shoveling. But where are the snowmen? The snowforts? The snowball fights? The sledding? Nature has delivered primo conditions for all of the above. Are kids (of all ages)…

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A simple gesture of peace

So if you’ve been sitting around your house feeling distant, disparate, dissociated, detached — helpless about all the hideousness and hate and chaos that seems to be flying around the world today, I just thought of something: Peace. A gesture. Been hanging out with my tribe at the Body Art Barn, which is still off limits,…

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A sign for these nail-biting times

Corinne Courtney puts her heart and soul into Nailed It, the hardware store she  established  in our  little town of Washingtonville, N.Y., in 2015. I  know this because when I interviewed her for a story when I worked at the Times Herald Record  last year, her dedication was palpable.   She thinks hard about everything aspect…

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Sign of the times

I love this sign.Love, too, that it’s anonymous.   We’re setting up a forum so we can all share. So be on the lookout. His latest work is A Life Well-Lived, a selection of photos and stories of people across Nebraska highlighting their stories from the past 70 years. These are photographs and stories of…

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It’s all good weather

People talk about the weather. But today nature gave us some weather we really should talk about.  Here in the Hudson Valley, we woke up to snow on the ground (and the patio umbrellas and poor daffodils, which have a hard time keeping their heads up as it is). It’s flippin’ mid-May, OK?? Then, as I’m…

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Hands off the sanitizer

Really? Has it come to this? Hand sanitizer under lock and key? I saw  on my way out of the big  medical facility where my doctor works.  The telltale pump, sticking out of some sort casing. I approached slowly, fearing an alarm might go off if I got too close.  Nothing happened. Except I had…

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Virtually there (via robots)

Sure, they laughed when it showed up on “The Big Bang Theory,” in 2012. But who’s laughing now? In “The Cruciferous Vegetable” episode, Sheldon  decided he needs to  extend his lifespan, and the best way to stay healthy was to stay at home, away from the risks of everyday life and any stray viruses, etc.…

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Color me desperate

Should I or shouldn’t I? I couldn’t/can’t stand looking at myself in the mirror anymore.  My hair needs not just to be cut, but it’s turned all manner of  trashy orange  shades, as it is wont to do. All I can think of is that photo I saw at Belle’s grooming salon, an image of a…

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