In My Humble Opinion

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A spooky hayride was a hit at Barryville’s Pumpkin Fest last weekend. 

Family affair

Autumn is an ideal time for family get-togethers, apple picking and all things fall. There were plenty of family affairs going on throughout the Upper Delaware River region over the last few days, and as I leashed the pup and meandered the countryside in search of fall foliage to photograph, I managed to soak up some local flavor along the way.

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In anticipation of stunning fall foliage, I’ve set out chairs for Dharma and me, with the intent of taking a moment or two to chill a little, before the inevitable big chill to come.

Frost on the pumpkin

I’m feeling conflicted. On one hand, I love this time of year and the multitude of harvest festivals, hay rides and haunted houses celebrating the bounty of life-in-the-country good times. On the other hand, I’m dreading winter, knowing there will be days of feeling isolated and cut off from the outside world.

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The Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest parade might have been smaller this year, but was no less enthusiastic.

Déjà vu

The term “déjà vu” is French and literally means “already seen.” Those who have experienced the feeling (up to 70% of the population) describe it as “an overwhelming sense of familiarity” and (according to, the phenomenon is “rather complex.” Swiss scholar Arthur Funkhouser sugges

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Taking a “personal day” allowed me to celebrate the birthdays of both gal-pal Rachelle Carmack and her fabulous mom Annie, who just turned 90!

A mind is a terrible thing to waste

I’m absolutely positive that Arthur Fletcher did not have me in mind when he coined that phrase while serving as head of the United Negro College Fund in 1973, but that is approximately the same time that my mind became mush.

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An impressive array of Tibetan bowls was  on hand for Mark “Dr. Dream” Peebler’s “Tour of Love,” at which he provided a “sound healing experience.” 

Mind over matter

The past few days have been thought provoking, to say the least. Multiple visits to the doctor for both me and the Wonder Dog were on the docket, and while I’m all for conventional medicine, a part of me also believes that “alternative” forms of treatment might be just as beneficial. And then there are days when I’m not sure what I believe.

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Performing mega-hit ‘Message in a Bottle’ at Bethel Woods last Friday night, chart-topper Sting proved that he’s still got it. IMHO.

So long, summer. Say hello to fall.

Believe me, I’m in no rush to see summer end—but fall is coming, whether I like it or not. Officially, it ain’t over till the fat lady sings, and that won’t occur until the 22nd of this month, but we all know that Labor Day is the beginning (insert frownie-face emoji here) of the end.

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Mike (not Carl) Jung was one of the performers on the bill at last Thursday’s Lakeside Music Series held in Gazebo Park on Kauneonga Lake

Hooray for Hurleyville!

For something completely different, synchronicity reigned supreme last week as Hurleyville, NY crept into my psyche on more than one occasion.

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Forestburgh Playhouse resident company members entertained the crowd during the Gala in the Garden fundraiser last weekend.

Be our guest!

As a general rule, working on the weekend is okay, I suppose, but every once in a while, it’s inconvenient.

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One lucky fan had a hands-on experience with singer Chris Lane during the ‘Smooth Tour’ opener’s performance at Bethel Woods last Thursday.

Many hands make light work

I had difficulty determining whether that phrase is an idiom or a proverb, but since an idiom can “often be misunderstood from the meanings of its individual words,” while a proverb is a “short popular saying expressing belief that is generally thought to be true” ( I’m going with proverb.

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The Forestburgh Playhouse production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ is a colorful, candy-coated time machine destination, adding to my ‘60’s themed weekend.

I’m not dead yet…

And if running around at breakneck speed last week didn’t kill me, nothing will. “You do it to yourself,” my shrink said. “Nobody is holding a gun to your head.” She’s right of course, I’m just not sure that I know how to do it any other way.



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