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  • Thin Places

    Reconnecting with Night

    At least a third of our life is spent in The Night, that thin place which has always disturbed and terrified humans. Dwell for a moment on your own experiences of the night: night skies, night air, nightcap, nightmares, nightshift, night watchmen, night sweats. There are struggles around night and its different ways: adjusting to darkness, getting...

  • Hairballs: the downside of camping

    Hairballs: the downside of camping

    Our success as campers will depend on our ability to stomach the messes others leave behind. This revelation comes to me as I...

    • Jul 2, 2018 03:39 pm
  • 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
  • The dark, quirky castle on the Hudson

    The dark, quirky castle on the Hudson

    The castle on Bannerman Island is a strong contender for weirdest landmark on the Hudson River. You may have caught a glimpse...

    • Jul 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • For a lake view, they built on stilts

    For a lake view, they built on stilts

    It’s a Sunday spring morning. Colin Dickerman, Peter Koblish and their two pit bulls are, at last, spending it in their...

    • Jul 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • A dispatch from the winding road

    A dispatch from the winding road

    Last September, we ran a story about newlyweds Ricky and Megan McAndress, who had just hit the road in their Airstream Argosy. It...

    • May 11, 2018 03:20 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
  • Asking the right questions

    Asking the right questions

    How do you want to be in the world? And do kitchen cabinets really need doors?

    By Becca Tucker

    It’s a...

    • Mar 12, 2018 10:59 am
  • 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
  • Night school

    Night school



    Night school

    By Ken Mitchell



    Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,

    Who countest the steps...

    • Mar 1, 2018 02:52 pm
  • Outhiking your demons

    Outhiking your demons

    The scariest part about hiking isn’t the bears or the snakes. It’s being alone with your thoughts. Unlike other...

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:58 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
  • Taking pause

    Taking pause

    The first couple decades, you grow up. The next couple, you raise your kids. Then you can pursue a journey all your own.

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:57 pm
  • The yurty life

    The yurty life

    Welcome to Copperline Farm, says David Wannen as I pull up the long, meandering driveway. It’s not exactly a farm –...

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:54 pm
  • The undercover earthship

    The undercover earthship

    “I was stalking it,” said Chris Bell, of the house that would eventually become his. “From the first time I...

    • Nov 1, 2017 06:00 am
  • In an old keg, turning plastic into diesel

    In an old keg, turning plastic into diesel

    Sibley Dickinson and Jenna Gersie

    A Gen Z solution to our pernicious habit

    Before they have showered for...

    • Nov 1, 2017 04:00 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
  • Sharing the trail with the big guns

    Sharing the trail with the big guns

    This is the best time to hit the trail. The air you suck down in big gulps is sweet and bracing, and the view through newly bare...

    • Oct 27, 2017 12:24 pm
  • A floating provocation

    A floating provocation

    The farm on a barge in the South Bronx

    By Becca Tucker

    The traffic on the BQE exit ramp feels like it might...

    • Sep 5, 2017 01:31 pm
  • The park ‘n play

    The park ‘n play

    They got hitched, and so did their trailer

    By Becca Tucker

    Less than a month after their summer solstice...

    • Aug 30, 2017 02:18 pm
  • The scary monster flower

    The scary monster flower

    You should probably wear long sleeves

    By Pamela Chergotis

    I found out about the giant hogweed from the New York...

    • Aug 30, 2017 01:01 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
  • A magical cottage with a minimalist footprint

    A magical cottage with a minimalist footprint

    The Yastion home, a light cream color with moss green fixtures, is quaint and homey, like you’d imagine a magical cottage...

    • Jun 27, 2017 01:53 pm
  • Keep an eye on your little dog

    Keep an eye on your little dog

    All’s quiet, until the eagles buzz

    By Pamela Chergotis

    Running down the center of Sullivan County are...

    • Jun 27, 2017 12:17 pm
  • Enough tears

    Enough tears

    How about a giant climate celebration?

    By Heather Ingram

    I arrive a few minutes early for our interview to...

    • Jun 27, 2017 12:11 pm
  • ‘I have no idea what’s in there’

    ‘I have no idea what’s in there’

    Kids who buried a time capsule 50 years ago will unearth it

    By Becca Tucker

    Paul Myrow digs things up for a...

    • May 1, 2017 05:00 pm
  • The good life without the big footprint?

    The good life without the big footprint?

    ‘This is a Tesla. It’s an expensive project, but very efficient. But very expensive.’

    By Becca...

    • May 1, 2017 12:15 pm
  • A big, beautiful footbridge

    A big, beautiful footbridge

    The rickety planks across the Wanaque River washed away a long time ago. Even the trail conference seemed to give up. Its most...

    • Apr 28, 2017 12:39 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
  • Feed me: On hospitality abroad

    Feed me: On hospitality abroad



    Last summer, I flew to India for one week. Four days in Mumbai and three in Chennai,...

    • Feb 24, 2017 02:48 pm

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