Beth Peck of Narrowsburg, NY

The passing of Dorothee Holmstrup of Pompton Plains, NJ and Beach Lake, PA at the age of 101 prompts admiration of her important contribution to the formation of Tusten-Cochecton Library. Dottie …

Denise Connolly of White Lake, NY

My grandmother Gussie was born in Minsk Russia. She only had a fifth-grade education, but I found her to be a lot smarter than some people who had many more years of schooling. She married my …

Tom Kappner of Kenoza Lake, NY

We must stop demonizing those who do not agree with us. Not every Republican is a follower of  QAnon, and not every Democrat wants to turn the country into a socialist gulag. We must …

Dissipating the hullabaloo (or turning down the heat)

Denise Connolly of Smallwood, NY

‘The Seed’ by Nancy Wells of Damascus, PA

As an artist, I choose to spend a lot of time alone making art. However, since the COVID-19, I am, like most of us on the planet, pushed into a solitary existence most of the time. Drawing has kept …

Courtney Conner of Damascus, PA

What’s good about 2020?

Hope for the Holidays: ‘Goodbye to All That (I Hope)’

Out of the clutter of 2020 I climb, giant black garbage bag in hand a quack Santa tossing away half-baked art projects and trips   Making room   Gone the expired …

Hope for the Holidays: ‘Awakened’

The unique percussion of a solitary woodpecker carried from woods behind our winter-tight house, penetrated the insulated bedroom.   Repetition, from distant, familiar …

Hope for the Holidays: ‘Shine a Light’

The holiday lights around town seem brighter and more ambitious this year. As we approach the solstice and the darkness both literally and metaphorically seems overpowering, we are fighting back. Our …