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You Don’t ‘Get’ Our Tractor Parade? Oh Well

“Tractors? You stood around and watched 100 tractors drive down the street? I don’t get it.” How many times have I heard this, or something like it, when I bring up the Callicoon Tractor Parade? I’ve lost count. And my response is always the same. Technically I didn’t stand. I ran. I walked. I scooted […]

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Everything ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Gets Right About Depression

If good TV makes us root for the sort of characters we’re supposed to hate, Orange Is the New Black is among the best shows out there. The hit Netflix show, which saw its third season released in early June, has managed to present a human side of the prison population. We’re now doing Facebook […]

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Why This Photographer Would Rather Take Photos of Your Kids Than Her Own

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it … well, you know how the saying goes. “Your daughter must just love having her photo taken!” or “Oh, your daughter must be so much better at having her photo taken than [insert self-deprecating comment about comment maker’s own children].” Considering she’s had a lens stuck thisclose […]

Inside Out

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Ten Things I Want My Daughter to Know Before She Turns 10

Ten is bearing down on our house like a tractor trailer running down a steep hill. There’s no stopping it, so we might as well pull in behind it and draft along. I’m embarrassed to admit it took me longer to realize I could ride 10’s coattails than it probably should have. Even 10 years […]

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You’ve Seen This Mother Hundreds of Times

You’ve seen her hundreds of times. She’s pushing a cart through the grocery store at warp speed, a toddler trailing behind her spilling a box of cereal on the floor, another hanging, head perpendicular to the floor, from the seat, wailing at the top of his lungs. She’s sitting two tables away from you at […]

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The 10 Milestones No One Bothers to Warn Moms About

Our children have barely begun their lives when the obsession with hitting the milestones begins. When will they roll over? Sit? Hold a spoon? Drink from a cup? Neatly marked off a usually mental checklist, milestones are less about the passage of time and more about reassurance. Yes, the first tooth has arrived, the first […]

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Motherhood

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The Second Kid I Didn’t Have to Give Birth To (Not an Adoption Story)

It happened again. The waitress took one look at the two girls sitting across from us in the booth and made reference to my two kids. It’s an easy enough mistake to make. In restaurants they’re hard to miss between the selfie taking, pit tickling, and the upper arm poking. Other than the fact that […]

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There’s Power in a Lie When You’re a Mom

When my daughter was young, I made an impossible promise. It’s what all new moms do. We’re never going to feed our kids processed sugar, use a TV as a babysitter, or lie to them. All of which lasts until their first Easter, the first time you have a splitting headache, and the first time […]

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Dear Target — My Daughter Doesn’t Need ‘Girl Toys’

If parents spend 50 percent of their time trying to tell their kids what to do and how to do it, we probably spend the other 50 percent wondering if they’re really hearing us. The “uh huhs,” and “OK, Moms” would indicate they are … but sometime after the 79th repetition of “hang up your […]

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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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‘Paddington’ Movie Brings the Best of the Children’s Books to Screens

If there’s one thing book lovers can agree on, it’s that the book is almost always better than the movie. But sometimes it isn’t about being better. Sometimes, it’s about being different. And that’s where the folks behind the new film Paddington got it right. When the Weinstein Company decided to turn Michael Bond’s book […]

LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST

Giveaway: ‘Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast’ Blu-Ray & DVD Pack

Before I gave birth to a daughter, I’d never heard of the Bechdel test. It’s a measure of how often two female characters talk to each other in films and books about subjects other than men. More than half of all contemporary films fail the test, and — sadly — that includes most children’s movies. […]

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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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Country Life

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Nosy Neighbors Are Killing Childhood As We Once Knew It

They thought their kids were walking to the park the day the cop car pulled up to their suburban home. But Danielle and Alexander Meitiv’s 10- and 6-year-old children weren’t park-bound anymore. They were in the back of the police car. The kids were fine. Their parents were about to be very un-fine. In the […]

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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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