In My Humble Opinion


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The (mostly) silver-haired Doobie Brothers sounded great, just as they did when friend Laurie Graffand I were in college.

I’m a little bit country…

And I suppose it’s fair to say that I’m also a little bit rock and roll—but truth be told, I’m all over the place when it comes to genres of music that move me.


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Gail Bennett exudes star power in the title role of “Kiss Me Kate,” now playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse.

Down the rabbit hole

Remember Alice in Wonderland and the white rabbit? I do, and recently I’ve been heard muttering “I’m late, I’m late… for a very important date!” all around town. Even as a kid, being prompt was important, mostly because members of my family were habitually late for Thanksgiving dinners, cello recitals, school plays and the like.


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It took a few minutes for Peter Frampton to relax at Bethel Woods last weekend, but it took prescription drugs for me to do the same.

Just say ‘no’

It’s no secret that I’m a bit high strung, but I learned long ago that pharmaceuticals are not the answer for what ails me. I used to apologize for my idiosyncrasies, but the older I get—well, what would Popeye say? My friend Lynne was just here for a visit, and it was nice to have company for the last few days.


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Monticello’s  YO1 Luxury Nature Cure destination boasts stunning interiors as well as gorgeous vistas. This “living wall” is fed by mist, and is featured in one of the many common areas throughout the expansive retreat

How do you spell relief?

First name Amanda, last name Reed. And boy oh boy, do I owe her one.


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Liane Zielinski, left, and Rebecca Simon were two of the larger-than-life “Steel Magnolias” on stage last week at the Forestburgh Playhouse, but alas... they’re already gone.

Mad dogs and Englishmen…

Today’s title above is a somewhat esoteric reference to an old Noel Coward song that I’m fairly sure is no longer considered PC—so I won’t include any of the lyrics here (“Use the Google!” as Mom would yell); suffice it to say that the song refers to blistering heat, which caused the mercury to rise in the Upper Delaware River region over the la


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Roger Daltrey wowed the crowd at Bethel Woods with a tribute to “Tommy.”

Puppet shows, plays and parades

Even though I maintain that the “Three Ps” are my bread and butter, I’m not really complaining (go figure), but rather attempting to encapsulate what would otherwise be a very lengthy explanation of what I do for those who dare to inquire.


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Do I need a thousand words to describe what’s happening here? I think not, unless you are unfamiliar with the Sullivan Renaissance mascot. Oh, have I said too much? 

A picture is worth a thousand words

Or so they say. I suppose it depends on who is taking the picture and what the subject matter is, but with my arm in a sling (and a song in my heart), I ventured out into the world last week to see what I could see, the idea being that if I could capture photos illustrating where I was, then fewer words (you’re welcome) would be called for.


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Bethel, NY artist Michael Randels has been restoring the Woodstock Festival monument every spring since 2002. “Winters are tough on it,” he says. “The frost takes its toll, and visitors jump all over it when they come to visit, which is cool with me. I’m glad they enjoy having their pictures taken with it.”

June is bustin’ out all over!

It should come as no surprise (IMHO) that my birthday is a national holiday, and now that it has passed, I can get down to business. If for some reason your cards and gifts got lost in the mail, feel free to forward them on to me c/o The River Reporter.


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Artists Adrienne Butvinik, left, Ramona Jan and Joan Nicole were a colorful trio during a recent “pop-up” show at the Catskill Distilling Co. in Bethel, NY.

In the blink of an eye

I’m not sure if I’m clinically depressed, self obsessed, or simply mad as a hatter, but my mind never stops whirring, and it’s difficult getting to sleep these days. When attempting to explain how I feel to my shrink—or what friends I have left—I stutter and stammer, seeking the right words. “It’s an existential crisis,” I said to a confidant.


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Carlos Holden and Amber Schmidt are well cast in the SCDW production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” now playing at the Rivoli in South Fallsburg, NY.

A man for all seasons

I would never call myself fashionable. Sure, I look in the mirror before I leave the house—but I’m often at a loss as to what to wear and far more concerned with my mop of hair, grateful that it still sprouts from my head in unruly abundance.

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