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BIG HERO 6

Giveaway: ‘Big Hero 6′ Blu-Ray & DVD

By now we all know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but what about judging a movie by its title? Big Hero 6 (which hits shelves on Blu-Ray and DVD on February 24) sounds like a movie about a team of superheroes. Technically, it is. Based on a lesser known Marvel […]

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How to Keep Our Kids Off Drugs: Listen

When dozens of people packed the upstairs of the Village of Jeffersonville Hall recently to talk about the heroin problem in our county, a few things were clear. These were people who cared. These were people who were frustrated. These were people who were looking for answers. But answering why small towns in America have […]

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7 ’90s Nostalgia Shows on Netflix You Can Actually Watch With Your Kids

It was a simple enough question to parents (albeit one that ignored the rules of grammar): what TV show can your kids just not get enough of? And some of the answers were what you’d expect in 2015: a lot of Disney Channel and a number of reality shows. And then the surprise. Today’s kids […]

Inside Out

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The Whole Vaccine Debate in One Word

It’s being called the worst outbreak of the measles in 20 years. Cases of a disease once thought to be nearly eradicated in the United States have sprouted up in more than a dozen states, including New York. And why? Because of a small but growing group of American parents who refuse to vaccinate their […]

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The High Cost of Copying & Pasting That Story on the Internet

You’re perusing the Internet when you spot it. An article that you just have to share with your friends. So you select all. You copy. Then you paste it onto your Facebook page for all your friends to see. So technically you’re sharing something that you didn’t write, but hey, the writer put it on […]

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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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Motherhood

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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 […]

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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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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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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

Frozen Sing Along

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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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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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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