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My personal credo

My personal credo

You know, when you’ve been doing a humor column for as long as I have, coming up with new ideas is not as easy as it used to be. Actually, at my age, nothing is as easy as it used to be, except perhaps sitting in a chair. (Of course, getting up from the chair...
Paul Brown: It’s beginning to look a lot like better government in New Paltz

Paul Brown: It’s beginning to look a lot like better government in New Paltz

Beginning with the Village of New Paltz election this past spring, followed by the town’s election this fall, New Paltz voters chose a number of new board members, thus signaling their dissatisfaction and frustration with dysfunctional government and with politicians who spend more time feuding amongst themselves than working on the business of people. In...
Mark Sherman: There is no “them”

Mark Sherman: There is no “them”

As always at this time of year, I depart from my usual humorous approach to things to get serious. Surely, there is plenty to get serious about. The world has always been a scary place, but today with the very livability of our planet in question, it’s particularly worrisome. I was very happy to see...
Susan Slotnick: A cautionary tale for holiday eating

Susan Slotnick: A cautionary tale for holiday eating

For six years I was a natural hygienist. This has nothing to do with cleaning teeth with a loofah sponge and seaweed. It is a system of eating in perfect conjunction with nature, and completely out of whack with cuisine which is important in most cultures as well as the human desire for variety in...
Paul Brown: New Paltz holiday favorite things…

Paul Brown: New Paltz holiday favorite things…

It is a clear sign that the holiday season is upon us when posters advertising the annual Christmas time benefit concert at the New Paltz Redeemer Evangelical Church begin to appear around town. Knowing that 100% of the donations will directly benefit Family of Woodstock adds to the joy of the season. Knowing that this...
Accent on New Paltz: Giving thanks by Paul Brown

Accent on New Paltz: Giving thanks by Paul Brown

THANKS to the hard working, dedicated men and women who serve as our first responders. The 21 full-time and nine part-time members of our police force whose responsibility it is to keep safe the more than 14,000 who live and work in our community. The 15 members of the New Paltz Rescue Squad and its...
The Sherman technique

The Sherman technique

The other day I happened to see a poster advertising the Alexander technique for restorative movement. It sounded pretty good, since it promised such things as “easier and more efficient movement,” “enhance(d) performance in any activity,” and “connect(ing) to your body’s wisdom.” Given my various aches and pains, if my body has any wisdom at...
Susan Slotnick: The Summer of 2015

Susan Slotnick: The Summer of 2015

A clown car driven by a fool. It will be remembered that for one ridiculous moment in the summer of 2015 an absurd embarrassment, a racist idiot, with absolutely no foreign policy experience, knowledge of government, or sense of decorum destroyed my long-cherished notion that it’s the people in power who are stupid not the...
Mark Sherman: Staying Home

Mark Sherman: Staying Home

“I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.”   — Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957)   I just finished Jack Kerouac’s great novel — one generally acknowledged to be based on his own cross-country travels, done with his...
Paul Brown: The New Paltz intersections we love to hate: Part Two

Paul Brown: The New Paltz intersections we love to hate: Part Two

Based upon input from social media and local business sources, we learned in this column last week that, while 21 New Paltz intersections, including pretty much the entire stretch of Route 299/Main street, are the source of considerable vexation for our residents, there are a few that stand out as particularly egregious. The M&T Bank-Dedrick’s-middle...
Paul Brown: The New Paltz intersections we love to hate – Part One

Paul Brown: The New Paltz intersections we love to hate – Part One

As you drive through the town and village of New Paltz along Route 299/Main Street, you pass through several intersections that spark heated discussions in our little corner of the world. New Paltz residents are passionate about this topic, as I was quick to learn when a question I posed on local social media about...
Paul Brown: What is the New Paltz ‘brand’?

Paul Brown: What is the New Paltz ‘brand’?

When we hear the names or see the logos of companies such as Apple, L.L. Bean and Hershey and consider their brand, we are likely to think of the Merriam Webster definition of “: a class of goods identified as being the product of a single firm or manufacturer.” Were we to seek a more...