In My Humble Opinion

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Dad Jay, Amelia and little brother Curtis Brooks demonstrate what talent is all about at the annual show held in Hortonville every spring.

When it rains…

Sometimes, both the metaphorical and literal definitions collide, and such was the case this past week as the skies opened and literally soaked the Upper Delaware River region, while simultaneously the downpour of events cascading across the counties commenced, as alluded to last week.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Daffodils and forsythia abound outside, heralding spring. Thankfully, my neighbor has a green thumb, and provides the photo-ops while I rake leaves.

Spring break

It’s been a while since I participated in an “official” spring break and took the requisite trip to Florida to hang out with friends, get rowdy and party till the sun came up. The very thought of doing that now exhausts me and is a reminder that I might be approaching the autumn of my years, which is a bit unnerving too.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
“Powerhouse vocals” don’t even come close to describing Danielle Ponder and her ability to convey a story through song, backed by her amazing band known as the Tomorrow People.

Let my people go

For those of you who work with someone of the Jewish faith, it might appear as though there is a holiday every other month, and you wouldn’t be far off the mark.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
Michael Stern’s collection of vintage black-light posters are part of the newest installation, “Love for Sale,” on exhibit through December at The Museum at Bethel Woods.

All in the family

While I write about my family fairly often, there are a few who would not mind me leaving them out of the equation publicly and I have deferred, with respect to their privacy.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
Number 19 Vincent Street in Binghamton, NY. My childhood home.

Home is where the heart is

“Your home will always be the place for which you feel the deepest affection, no matter where you are.” So says the Internet, when asked about the age-old proverb—and I suppose it’s true. While I have lived in (and loved) a variety of locales, I have a deep affection for my childhood home, which I had the opportunity to see last week.

TRR photos by Jonathan Fox
While Dharma appeared completely healthy as pictured here three weeks ago, we’ve recently learned that canine Lyme disease can lie dormant and unsuspected for months before symptoms appear.

God is dog spelled backwards

Ever since Dharma the Wonder Dog came into my life, I’ve toyed with the notion of writing a book about her, using the title employed above. Although that book has yet to be written, it never occurred to me that it would begin with a chapter filled with drama like the last two weeks have provided.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
Best Politician award-winner in the annual TRR Readers Choice Awards category, NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, kept one hand on Dharma while enjoying the party at Zac’s Wilderness lounge in Barryville, NY last Thursday.

Sick as a dog

No, not me. This time it’s my actual dog ( and she has been really, really sick. A couple of weeks ago, Dharma woke up somewhat lethargic, and for the first time ever, she was not anxious to jump out of bed and start her day romping through the woods.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
The use of ornate frames surrounding Sui Park’s woven cable-tie wall sculptures is intended to “exemplify both old and new,” as explained during the artists’ talk at the Catskill Art Society (CAsS) last weekend.

In like a lion

Between the howling winds, trees coming down, power outages and a tornado or two, March definitely roared into town. Whether it goes out with a whimper is yet to be determined, but as last week’s storms raged through the Upper Delaware River region, I hunkered down with the Wonder Dog amending my schedule as sirens wailed outside.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
As work continues on developing “The Lion of Anacostia,” public readings like the one I heard at the Ethelbert B. Crawford library in Monticello provide playwright Gregory Giblin, center,  an opportunity to hear the words spoken aloud and gauge audience response.

‘Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?’

There are many of us who still wince upon hearing those words that most would agree were written in poor taste, and others who will literally guffaw in response to the expression that has been bandied about for an undetermined number of years.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
Western Supper Club & Inn hostess Irene Nikolai gave me a private tour of Sharon Spiak’s “Queen of Romance” art exhibit now showing in the Victorian hotel’s lobby through March 13.

From soup to nuts

Even though my pickup is still in the shop, I’ve managed to get by—with a little help from my friends. Mother Nature has been more than kind over the last week, and the early signs of spring in the air combined with temporary wheels found me hitting the road once again, in search of both arts and leisure.



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