In My Humble Opinion


Photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

This year’s tree-lighting party in Callicoon, NY,  included s’mores, a bonfire and Christmas carols in the center of town.

In other words... Tis the season!

Though I’m rarely at a loss for words, every great once in a while I allow others to get their two cents in, and often find out that they know far more than I on any given subject. Now that December is upon us, there are scads of holiday-themed events happening throughout the Upper Delaware River region.


Photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

In the midst of Tommy Gelb’s menorah collection stands a very traditional Hanukkah candelabrum just like my grandmother’s.

Here comes Hanukkah, however you may spell it

Bethel, NY — Well, that was fast. I’m still eating Thanksgiving leftovers and putting away the last of the pots and pans required to make my world-famous “mock apple pie” (snackworks.com). The pie started out as a joke (It’s made entirely from Ritz crackers), but has become a holiday tradition among my friends.


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Bruce and April Bidwell’s brilliantly satirical “After Banksy” is being auctioned off to the highest bidder through Dec. 16, benefiting the DVAA. “We’re hoping to get 1.2 million,” Bruce said. “Or best offer.”

Good things come in small packages

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit that the last few daze have been a bit challenging for me. I was a little under the weather (and I’m not just talking about the foot of snow we all shared) and had to make some last-minute adjustments to my calendar.


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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.


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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.


Theatre artist Tannis Kowalchuk is hooked up to an electroencephalograph (EEG) as part of Dr. Allison C. Waters study on how depression affects the brain.

Out of sight, out of mind

Quite naturally, that idiom popped into my head as I made my way to the Hurleyville Arts Centre last week to catch a presentation titled “Out of Mind.” Truth be told, I was hesitant. I had read that the evening was “a hybrid science lecture-performance that explores the neurophysiology of depression,” which gave me pause.


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Outside Institute founder Laura Silverman, center, Bethel Woods’ Laura E.J. Moran, and the Thoreau Society’s Michael Schleifer presented an interesting program on the connection between the Woodstock generation, the natural world and civil disobedience.

Cell phone potpourri

While many think of dried flower petals and spices placed in a bowl, others mistake it for a midnight snack, usually discovering their mistake too late. When I use the lyrical word “potpourri,” I mean what the dictionary describes as a “mixture, assortment, selection, assemblage and variety,” which sums up my week nicely.


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Boys & Girls Club Town of Walkill Executive Director Lori Rivenburgh, center, along with the board of directors, gathered for a photo-op during the 25th anniversary Farm-To-Table Experience fundraiser last Saturday.

At a loss for words

It happens. In fact, there are days when I avoid talking at all—unless it’s to the dog, who doesn’t even pretend to listen half of the time. Believe it or not, I find what others have to say far more interesting than anything I might be yakking about, and I do spend a good deal of my time listening to others.


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Performance art was alive and well during last Saturday’s Callicoon Art Walk.

I couldn’t have said it better myself

While I spend much of my time observing others create art, I have rarely claimed to know what I’m talking about when expressing my ever-so-humble opinion on the subject. Art in its many forms has fascinated, attracted and influenced me throughout a lifetime.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

While chatting with Christy Suskind Fiero, pictured here with husband Ray, I offered to pick up some BuddhaPesto at the Harvest Festival for her. Or so she says... 

People who need people…

A true cynic might say that nobody cares about anyone other than themselves today, and as of late, national headlines seem to bolster that opinion. However, as most of us know, that sentiment is seldom reflected by our neighbors here in the Upper Delaware River region, regardless of political parties and lines drawn in the proverbial sand.

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