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  • Memory ‘loss’: a failing or a release?
    Thin Places

    Memory ‘loss’: a failing or a release?

    Memory is a Thin Place, at times a deep, dark forest, equal to any National Park. What lurks? On Christmas, my 91-year-old uncle called to say Merry Christmas. I returned the sentiment and simply waited. He said he’d been calling many people and I was the only one who answered. He had tried calling my mother (his sister), who’d...

  • 100 amateur archeologists

    100 amateur archeologists

    Buried in the swirl of summer events is a favorite, that yearly Drowned Lands Historical Society’s tour of a Native...

    • Jul 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • A not so empty field

    A not so empty field

    A road isn’t typically an interesting place. But a trip down Maple Grange Road in Vernon offers a compacted, telescopic...

    • May 2, 2018 12:28 pm
  • Deliberately ‘a little undone’

    Deliberately ‘a little undone’

    It’s unusual that a new community project root and flourish quickly. Often there are mistakes, rethinking and...

    • Mar 1, 2018 02:52 pm
  • ‘Pop-up’ places of wonder?

    ‘Pop-up’ places of wonder?

    Thin places are doorways into “other” worlds, experiences that surprise, refresh and enchant. Our region is blessed...

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:58 pm
  • Growing pains

    Growing pains

    A quaint village, with its bookstore and post office, its village green by the train tracks, doesn’t happen by accident.

    • Nov 1, 2017 05:00 pm
  • Dirty dancing

    Dirty dancing

    In 2000, the NY State Council on the Arts offered to fund more NYC dance and music performances in rural Orange County, giving...

    • Jun 27, 2017 01:53 pm
  • Un-photo of the week

    Un-photo of the week

    Please save me from one more picture of the sunset over the Moodna Creek or trumpeter swans on Washington Lake. This Sierra Club...

    • Apr 27, 2017 03:15 pm
  • Blow up your bubble

    Blow up your bubble

    We often prefer places and people we know, sidestepping the anxiety and chore of the unfamiliar. In this new political climate,...

    • Feb 24, 2017 02:27 pm
  • Where does your god live?

    Where does your god live?

    A few weeks ago, I was in a discussion, sponsored by the Warwick Historical Society, about Sacred Spaces: what they are, where...

    • Jan 4, 2017 12:13 pm
  • An extra twist of the eccentric

    An extra twist of the eccentric

    WE OFTEN LEARN about ourselves by looking at how others have put their lives together.

    It’s the stuff of basic...

    • Oct 26, 2016 10:21 am
  • You can’t go home again

    You can’t go home again

    ON A HIKE, I overheard bits of a conversation: “non-native, eradicate, alien, threatening, new laws, protect.” I...

    • Aug 31, 2016 02:52 pm
  • Radical beaver moves in, gets evicted

    Radical beaver moves in, gets evicted

    Visitors to Sugar Loaf, NY for the last three years have likely noticed that between the bypass and behind the hamlet of Sugar...

    • Jul 1, 2016 12:00 pm
  • Radical beaver moves in, gets evicted

    Radical beaver moves in, gets evicted

    Visitors to Sugar Loaf, NY for the last three years have likely noticed that between the bypass and behind the hamlet of Sugar...

    • Jul 1, 2016 12:00 pm
  • The friction of place

    The friction of place

    Wickham Woodlands are those 600 acres of new Warwick parkland which include a pristine lake, wetlands, trails and many species of...

    • Apr 29, 2016 02:36 pm
  • To build a nest

    To build a nest

    It’s quite a surprise, and an honor, to watch some special place actually get made. I saw a robin build her nest in the...

    • Mar 1, 2016 11:30 am
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