In My Humble Opinion


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“Birch fragment IV,” glazed ceramic by Naomi Teppich

With a little help from my friends

So far, 2018 has been a rollercoaster that knows only one direction—and it ain’t up. I might have mentioned having contracted the flu, which began Christmas day and hung in far longer than anticipated, but that issue seems to be fading away.


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Knowing that warmer temps will inevitably follow the bone-chilling air that currently presides keeps me going, as I look forward to photographing the endless variety of flowers that dot the landscape of the Upper Delaware River region come spring.

Like sands through the hourglass…

Sitting at my desk trying not to listen to the drip, drip, drip of the kitchen faucet (you all know why) behind me, my mind wanders as I steel myself for the task at hand… cleaning up the desktop files from the previous year and preparing to begin anew.


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Father & son duo Michael and Gabriel Schleifer were among the many entertainers at Dutch’s in Rock Hill last Monday during open-mic night. 

Sing for your supper

The instant that I picked up the phone I knew I was in trouble. “Go out on a Monday?” I barked into the receiver. “What, are you crazy? It’s a school night!” The caller was gal pal Jamee Schleifer and the reason for her inquiry was simple.


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“Look, Joe— he’s smiling!” exclaimed a grinning Amy Ronai (of In2retro) as I arrived at the Bethel Business Association (BBA) holiday mixer held at the Airport Café.

Hallelujah!

As Hanukkah winds down and I hear the faint ringing of sleigh bells approaching, memories of holidays past once again flood my reverie. I made a conscious decision this year to avoid the “Bah Humbug” and embrace all things “Merry and Bright” and so far… all is well.


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Cornell Co-Operative Extension’s 2017 TOAST award winner Melinda Meddaugh, left, pictured here with Roberta Byron-Lockwood, carries on the SCVA tradition initiated by Agnes Van Put 20 years ago.

Welcome to the Catskills!

Mother Nature is at it again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan—but every once in a while, her plans get in the way of mine. Such was the case over the last few days, and my schedule changed accordingly when the first real snowfall of the season prevented me from getting to some of my appointed rounds.


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Sean Cullen, left, as Marley and Julia Register as Bogleare appear in a scene from “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” 

'Tis the season!

Boy, is it ever! Even before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone, Christmas & Co. is in full swing throughout the Upper Delaware River region—and beyond. Although Hanukkah is early this year, (12/13) I’m rarely overwhelmed by latkes, dreidels and chocolate coins, but Christmas? Uh huh.


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“No Apples Needed!” the recipe exclaims, and true to its word- tastes just like apple pie. IMHO.

You are what you eat

Uh oh. If that’s the case, then I am in big trouble. I’ve had food issues my entire life, stemming from the fact that I never really cared. Honestly, if I had my druthers, I’d take a pill three times a day to satisfy my dietary requirements. Since that’s not possible, I eat when I have to, but not necessarily because I want to.


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Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Paty and treasurer Heinrich Strauch presented Bethel Woods CEO Darlene Fedun, far right,  with the “Business Person of the Year” Pride Award last Thursday.

Ain't no mountain high enough

I’m not big on awards shows. Don’t get me wrong—it’s kind of cool when folks are acknowledged for one thing or another, especially when it’s by their peers. And it’s not sour grapes, either, since I’ve received one or three over the years.


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General Manager Paul Ciliberto, event co-chair Greg Goldstein and Boys & Girls Clubs Program Leader Barbi Neumann Marty stand behind the kids who stopped in to personally deliver their donation during the two-day Thunder 102 Country Cares for St. Jude Radiothon.

Once more, with feeling!

As the first snowflakes flutter from the sky, the cavalcade of seasonal events begin anew, offering me the opportunity to re-think, re-do and renew. They say that with each passing year, the time flies more quickly and now that I’m over 40 (LOL) I can see what “they” mean.

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