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Callicoon resident and artist Evelyne Morisot passed away this month.

Where is the wonder?

NARROWSBURG, NY — Though it seems as if I’ve spent a lifetime asking questions, unlike many of you, I’m not sure that I have become wiser with age.

Looking Back 11/14/18

This Saturday, November 17, regular deer season opens in the southern zone of New York State. Hunters will be permitted to hunt deer with guns through December 9, according to New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).


TRR photos by Sandy Long

The weight of the turkey that left these tracks, in combination with snow conditions, may have produced the interesting circular pattern. Tracks laid in snow expand as the snow melts, providing clues as to how recently the animal was there. 

Tackling tracking in the snow

The first snows have dusted the Upper Delaware River Region. Other than giving everyone something to crow about on social media, some areas saw just enough accumulation to provide early opportunities for tracking animals and learning more about their “hidden” lives.


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“What does he know?” you ask, pushing the cat off the counter. “All he does is prance around town with that damn dog.”

Can’t we all just get along?

Clearly, the simple answer is “no.” I’m not naïve and have a rudimentary understanding of how the world works, so when I ask the question, it’s not because I’m a simpleton. Nor am I “Little Mary Sunshine,” (Google it) warbling in a field of daisies about how swell it is to be alive, ignorant of what lurks behind every flowering shrub.

Looking Back 11/8/18

The Elisha P. Strong mansion in Starrucca, PA, shown here during restoration, is one of the most elegant homes in Wayne County, and its owner was one of the most influential men in the county’s history.


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This is Walker Lake in Shohola, PA looking north. Many trees are still green or pale yellow, with a few red trees, which are probably maple. There is some fall color evident, but paler than in normal years.
 

The reason for those dull fall colors

Fall is here, and most of us have already been raking or blowing a few leaves off the driveway or walkways. A couple of things are evident with the colors of the autumn leaves this year: a lot of the leaves are still green (or took longer to change color), and the leaves that did turn color seemed to be a duller red or yellow.


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Roots, branches and leaves

Working through my anger and sadness about the obscene attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, I couldn’t help being struck and even comforted by the constant invocation of the temple’s potently life-affirming name.


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Squirrel Hill

Leave it to my mother, the daughter of Irish Catholic Republicans from Pittsburgh, to move our small family to Squirrel Hill in the 1950s.

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