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Sorry, New York Times, But We Built the Catskills

Well,  it seems congratulations are in order. According to the New York Times, the Catskills is one of the 52 places to go in 2015. Yes, we’ve made it. So who gets the pats on the back? The Sullivan County Visitors’ Association, perhaps, for all their hard work in reminding people that the Borscht Belt […]

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20 Things Sullivan County (New York) Folks Love

If there’s ever proof that Sullivan County is a world unto itself, the list going ’round the web that promises to sum up everything Upstate New Yorkers love is it. We love our cider donuts as much as the next sweet tooth, but we much prefer a Roscoe or Callicoon brewed beer to that Saranac […]

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If You Don’t Get Your Kid a Pet, You’re Only Hurting Yourself

Deciding to raise a kid in a house full of pets is not the sanest decision I ever made. There have been countless stuffed animal casualties. Myriad meals remade after someone with two legs left them right where someone with four legs could reach them. And don’t get me started on the hair. Everywhere. From […]

Inside Out

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When Your Kid Decides They Can Do the Clothes Shopping …

I won’t say I’ve been looking forward to this day so much as waiting for it, knowing it would come. It was inevitable, really, that after nine years of shopping the racks, washing, folding, and laying out dresses, pants, socks, and more, it would one day be discovered that I’d been faking it all along. […]

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10 Resolutions We Desperately Wish Our Kids Would Make This Year

‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Even though research indicates only 8 percent of Americans will actually keep them (yes, someone actually spent money on that study), at least half of us make them. Leaving some ice cream in the pint of Ben & Jerry’s instead of finishing the whole thing in one sitting. […]

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What We Lose When Believing in Santa Is Over

She was just about to lick the envelope when I screamed, “don’t close it!” The last thing I needed was for the letter to Santa to be sealed tight, leaving me to hide in the bathroom with the shower running to steam it open so I could get a glimpse at her Christmas requests. The […]

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Motherhood

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Is a Kids’ Movie Every Parent Should See

Some kids movies are designed to make your kids think deep thoughts about the world around them. Then there are the kids movies that are really for the parents — reminding us what we need to do to be better parents. The Boxtrolls — out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, January 20, manages to […]

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What Every Mother Really Needs From You This Year

Ask a mother of young children, how she is doing, and you won’t get the answer from her lips. “Fine,” she’ll say, or “OK.” She’s not lying, exactly. There is just no one word in the English language that can really sum up what it is a mother is feeling. Exhausted? Most definitely. Frustrated? Probably. […]

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The 9 People Parents Dread the Most

It was on the drive home from the hospital after my daughter was born nine years ago when I realized just how scary the world is. Every other car on the roadway was an accident waiting to happen as we carried our precious cargo home. I’d like to say I’ve become less neurotic in the […]

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Photography

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Brittney & Josh: An Engagement Session

  A lot of photographers have a lot of props in their arsenal. I confess I have a few favorites myself. But when I’m going out on a shoot, I always want to focus on the subject … and that means looking to their lives for the “props” that will really reflect their story. In […]

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Why That Photographer Is Lying on the Ground

A photo appeared on Facebook this week of me. I’m sitting in the middle of the road, one leg thrown out to the side, the foot up and rooted to the ground. The other leg was bent and positioned beneath me in such a manner that it was holding me steady as I leaned forward, […]

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If I Can’t Stand in Front of a Camera … What Does That Say to My Daughter?

The selfie may have taken over the world – and the Oxford Dictionary – but there are few on my phone and even fewer on my various social media accounts. If that makes me an anomaly, there’s reason for it. I’ve never been exactly comfortable standing in front of a camera. A lifetime battle with […]

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Entertainment

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Giveaway: Frozen Sing-Along Edition Blu-Ray DVD Combo

If there’s one thing we have all learned in the past year or so it’s this: you can’t watch Frozen without singing. Sure, you can try. But then someone else in the room will start humming, and pretty soon … well, let’s just say it was time for Disney to produce Frozen — the Sing-Along […]

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Giveaway: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Diamond Edition Blu-Ray

For years, Disney has fed us tales of heroes and heroines, where good triumphs over evil, and that’s all kids need to know. Then came this summer’s Angelina Jolie powered hit, Maleficent. And everything turned topsy turvy. Which makes the release date of Sleeping Beauty on Diamond Edition Blu-Ray, set for October 7, somewhat curious. […]

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Giveaway: ‘Boxtrolls’ Original Soundtrack

The Boxtrolls stomped into theaters this past weekend, carrying with it a quirky story of unusual family, and the sort of animation that we just don’t see enough of in the day of slick over-produced family fare. The story of Eggs, a human raised by underground trolls who collect trash and love them some boxes, […]

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Country Life

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How Not to Be a Jerk to the Snow Plow Driver This Winter

Winter is back — whether we welcome the old man or not. He’s brought his old friends snow, sleet, ice, and incompetent driving. We could probably do without them all, but it’s the last one that’s truly the pits. True, people drive like idiots in the summer. But on an 80-degree day in July, you […]

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Breastfeeding in Public Photos — What Moms Need to See More Of

I threw out a request on Facebook last week: needed, a mom who is currently breastfeeding to pose for photos for a national project to spread awareness. I didn’t know what sort of response I’d find. Breastfeeding isn’t something we see much of in our rural area, at least not in public. New York is […]

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The Problem With Living Near a World-Famous Landmark

I have a bad habit to confess. I like to pick up books set in and around Sullivan County and read them. Doesn’t sound so bad? More of us should spend our spare hours reading? True enough, but there’s a slight problem. Our county is host to the site of one of the world’s most […]

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