Opinion
Susan Slotnick: My secret regiment for staying in shape

Susan Slotnick: My secret regiment for staying in shape

“Whistle while you work!” – Snow White   For the past 19 years, I have resided for two weeks during each of those years at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs where I practice a form of mindfulness espoused by Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, which appeals because it is simple. She doesn’t recommend meditation, mantras,...
A Day’s Work: Dan Whitley

A Day’s Work: Dan Whitley

Dan Whitley was a 19-year-old kid when he got the calling. He was a college student at Guilford College in North Carolina studying for a BA in religion when he knew that God had called him to become a pastor. Many years and a few lifetimes later Whitley sits in his study at the Clintondale...
Mark Sherman: I’m not so bad

Mark Sherman: I’m not so bad

“Getting organized is unquestionably good for both mind and body — reducing risks for falls, helping eliminate germs and making it easier to find things like medicine and exercise gear.” – Tara Parker-Pope, “A Clutter Too Deep for Mere Bins and Shelves,” New York Times, Jan. 1, 2008 The fact that I am starting this...
Accent on New Paltz: Ohioville sojourn

Accent on New Paltz: Ohioville sojourn

As our summer residents and visitors exit the Thruway and turn left onto Route 299, drive down through the village and across the river to enjoy all that west of the Wallkill has to offer, we might remind them that there are also plenty of fun things to do east of the Wallkill. Consider the...
They’re everywhere

They’re everywhere

My wife and I went to a wedding this past weekend at a beautiful resort in western Massachusetts. We had parked our car and were walking toward the main entrance of the place when a guy, driving too fast, came around a curve and parked just ahead of us. We kept walking, and he was...
Biting the hand

Biting the hand

No, this title is not a reference to the unsportsmanlike and dangerous behavior of the soccer player who recently attempted to sink his teeth into the shoulder of an opponent during a World Cup match but a reference to behavior that in my view represents a betrayal of trust to those who care about philanthropy,...
Marena Mitchell: Red planet

Marena Mitchell: Red planet

I’m a semi-firm believer in astrology and I’d say the people in my life are a 50/50 split between believers and non-believers. I’m totally sold on the personal aspect — the descriptions of personalities and the way chart readings can be used to help us understand how we act and react with others, etc. As...
Paul Brown: Do you see what I see?

Paul Brown: Do you see what I see?

I remember being fascinated by my first exposure to visual illusions in a college textbook, but I also recall the slight sense of unease I experienced when the pictures helped to illustrate just how subjective our perceptions are and the implications of this subjectivity. When you realize that not everyone sees the same visual image...
Hugh Reynolds: Zimet got stung

Hugh Reynolds: Zimet got stung

By now everybody knows irrepressible challenger Sue Zimet plans to continue her primary quest against assemblyman Kevin Cahill, despite suffering a near two-to-one thrashing by the incumbent at last week’s unofficial Democratic nominating convention in Kingston. For the record, Cahill collected 10,252 weighted votes (64%) to Zimet’s 5800 (36%). Rejection by her peers did not...
Paul Brown: Reasonable people who disagree can still demonstrate reason

Paul Brown: Reasonable people who disagree can still demonstrate reason

In the months to come, our local culture and character will be on display as those who share a common vision for the rural bucolic nature of New Paltz and the awe-inspiring Shawangunk Ridge and Foothills attempt to cope with a serious difference of opinion within their ranks. This difference has arisen over a land-use...
Susan Slotnick: The dancer, the choreographer and the cyber bully

Susan Slotnick: The dancer, the choreographer and the cyber bully

Convicted felons released from prison, men of color from the inner city dancing together with white teenage girls and one boy — all Hudson Valley honor students — sounds like a combustible situation! But knowing both groups, it never crossed my mind bringing them together would be controversial. Art has the power to blur differences...
Marena Mitchell: Keeping it interesting

Marena Mitchell: Keeping it interesting

Among young professionals (which I somehow turned into), there is this ever-present fear of the dreaded, “I’m getting old and don’t have fun anymore” syndrome. It’s one thing to get settled — life has stages and they can’t all surround frivolous binge-drinking fests by night and sleeping and eating junk food by day. The more...