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  • Joining the cavemen

    Joining the cavemen

    The making of a barefoot runner

    By Orion Russell Blake

    February 3, 2010. That’s when it started. I was catching my regularly scheduled infotainment and just before midnight, John Durant was interviewed on the Colbert Report. Those seven minutes have had a lasting impact on my life.

    Ten days later, I met Durant in...

  • Making heirlooms from the playroom

    Making heirlooms from the playroom

    ‘If we can buy groceries with it once a month that would be great.’

    By Melissa...

    • Feb 28, 2019 03:19 pm
  • Mission: the simple life

    Mission: the simple life

    “I do it every morning,” says Richard Gniadek, returning his young rabbits’ furry nosed kisses as he feeds...

    • Jan 3, 2019 12:31 pm
  • WeWork for the mindful set

    WeWork for the mindful set

    A new spa for finding your chi, or your next business idea

    By Becca Tucker

    We’ve been hiding, said Kim...

    • Jan 1, 2019 12:00 pm
  • Summer of ‘12

    Summer of ‘12

    Acres, twenty

    Six mouths to feed.

    I plow and harrow, seed interred

    The kids, too small to...

    • Nov 28, 2018 12:00 pm
  • Clay became her ‘one black crayon’

    Clay became her ‘one black crayon’

    In ceramic vessels, capturing the quiet, detailed beauty of nature

    By Melissa Shaw-Smith

    Paula Shalan’s...

    • Nov 13, 2018 11:29 am
  • The rest

    The rest

    I don’t ever want to have a job

    Just a paycheck, thanks

    I will never need you

    Your commute,...

    • Nov 6, 2018 03:49 pm
  • When high finance comes home to the farm

    When high finance comes home to the farm

    Building the ‘Amazon of craft beverage ingredients’

    When I arrive, Rachel Czub is arranging flowers from...

    • Nov 6, 2018 03:33 pm
  • A party with a purpose

    A party with a purpose

    ‘As we transform the landscape, we’re transforming ourselves’

    By Becca Tucker

    I arrived at...

    • Aug 30, 2018 02:21 pm
  • Inside the hippie cult

    Inside the hippie cult

    Coming of age in the biggest, most audacious commune in American history

    By Becca Tucker

    The day we met for...

    • Jul 2, 2018 03:39 pm
  • Fishing


    I don’t catch many fish

    I’m not a natural

    The arc of the weighted line and fly

    As it...

    • Jul 2, 2018 03:43 pm
  • The piano hammer man

    The piano hammer man

    Ray Negron works alone in the Ronsen Piano Hammer Company on the banks of Esopus Creek, surrounded by the Catskill Mountains. The...

    • Jun 29, 2018 01:30 pm
  • A meditation on water

    A meditation on water

    Becoming the flesh and blood of the boat. That’s the way to win. But I didn’t sign up for Learn to Row just to win.

    • May 2, 2018 12:50 pm
  • SPIT



    It’s what I wanted to be

    Able to do




    • May 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • Barrel shortage? Woodworker jumps in.

    Barrel shortage? Woodworker jumps in.

    “Four years ago I find out there’s a barrel crisis in America,” says John Cox, in his wood shop in High...

    • May 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • The Cost of Warmth

    The Cost of Warmth

    • Apr 23, 2018 12:21 pm
  • The nonchalant cheesemaker

    The nonchalant cheesemaker

    “I love hard work, I love animals, I love dirt,” says Jesse Clark. Clark moved to Highland Lakes, New Jersey, in...

    • Mar 9, 2018 11:20 am
  • Around this snowy bend

    Around this snowy bend

    I hear the song of summer

    Around this snowy bend,

    Where the cold wind will stop blowing

    And the...

    • Mar 1, 2018 01:00 pm
  • Luck comes to the quick of brush

    Luck comes to the quick of brush

    ‘You can’t chase the light or you end up with mish-mash’

    Melissa Shaw-Smith


    • Jan 5, 2018 03:12 pm
  • The bards are back in town

    The bards are back in town

    By Wendy Insinger

    Six-fifteen. Any Wednesday night. The main street of rustic arts and crafts Sugar Loaf Village are...

    • Jan 5, 2018 03:00 pm
  • A grand tribute to intestines

    A grand tribute to intestines

    Just don’t call it graffiti. The murals that went up in August around Sussex, NJ, are a “curated venture,”...

    • Nov 1, 2017 05:00 pm
  • The cardboard ladies

    The cardboard ladies

    Building a scene that’s about more than drinking

    By Melissa Shaw-Smith

    Dayna Christison, Rebecca Pry,...

    • Oct 27, 2017 12:33 pm
  • I Shot a Tree

    I Shot a Tree

    I shot a tree to death on my way to Viet Nam. My first war crime. I knew I was going to die and didn’t want to die alone.

    • Oct 26, 2017 11:44 am
  • The man behind the eye candy

    The man behind the eye candy

    ‘It was only natural’ to paint Elvis on the side of the barn

    By Becca Tucker

    It started with...

    • Sep 6, 2017 04:51 pm
  • Mr. Miller’s tractors

    Mr. Miller’s tractors

    Bruce Miller is finishing a paint job on an early 1960s blue Fordson Super Major tractor, before turning it out into his yard.

    • Aug 30, 2017 12:35 pm
  • Wolves and watermelons

    Wolves and watermelons

    “When I’m choosing artists, I think of myself as a matchmaker,” said Ken Greene, founder and creative...

    • Jul 6, 2017 11:28 am
  • The ‘Robin Hood of power’

    The ‘Robin Hood of power’

    “I get lots more energy when I’m taking on something bigger than myself,” said Karlos Basak, 33, standing in...

    • Jun 27, 2017 01:51 pm
  • Skies With / Without Clouds

    Every sky is blue,

    When the clouds have been skimmed

    from its top.

    Every garden is lovely,...

    • Jun 27, 2017 03:14 pm
  • Rotting Log

    Rotting Log

    I saw the future

    In a rotted log

    The withered, ashen-laced edges of dried barnacles

    On upward curling...

    • May 8, 2017 04:32 pm
  • ‘I have to fix me’

    ‘I have to fix me’

    She ditched her antidepressant and wrote a book instead

    By Becca Tucker

    In German, you ask someone who is not...

    • May 1, 2017 05:00 pm


Cora’s belly birth
  • Mar 4, 2019
Born Again
Hurricane dogs
  • Mar 1, 2019
Locally grown meets high tech
  • Jan 3, 2019
In the path of the jaguar
  • Mar 6, 2019
Joining the cavemen
  • Mar 13, 2019
Day Tripper
The hiker’s secret to longevity
  • Jan 8, 2019
Mission: the simple life
  • Jan 3, 2019
How Do You Saturday?
Simmer down
  • Mar 1, 2019
West Milford, NJ