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Drug of choice: From then to now

Drug of choice: From then to now

In 1958, the drug of choice among teenagers was tobacco. In my “crowd,” all the boys smoked Lucky Strikes and all the girls smoked mentholated Kools. The girls — eyes outlined in heavy black — sauntered around in tight clothes, chewing a wad of gum, acting tough and flicking away the butt of cigarette after...
Susan Slotnick – Keeping up with the times

Susan Slotnick – Keeping up with the times

“Wow!” I thought. Me, a mediocre student who barely graduated with a 2.25 cumulative average, left back twice in the sixth and again in tenth grade, invited to speak at an Ivy League school! I was impressed! The subject I was to talk about was my modern dance program in a men’s prison. It’s a...
Susan Slotnick: What’s Up America?

Susan Slotnick: What’s Up America?

Red faced, angry, self-obsessed (you know who)! He refers to himself in the third person; a brand more than a human. He sells his name to appear popular and successful, a name I refuse to mention. How did he get to be the frontrunner for the GOP nomination? What’s the undying attraction when all over...
Accent on New Paltz: Wilmorite’s $73,000 debt a burden on New Paltz taxpayers

Accent on New Paltz: Wilmorite’s $73,000 debt a burden on New Paltz taxpayers

Town records show that the Wilmorite corporation owes $73,113.50 to the Town of New Paltz taxpayers for costs incurred during the review of its application to construct the Park Point rental housing project on lands owned by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. While reviewing charges submitted to the town by independent consultants, I came across...
Mark Sherman: Don’t keep me waiting

Mark Sherman: Don’t keep me waiting

Although I’ve always been good with deadlines, I do have a problem with being late when I’m meeting someone. I am not proud of this, since I know how I feel when someone is late to meet me. But, hey, I’m a really busy guy, and even though I’m supposed to be joining someone in...
Accent on New Paltz: Bon voyage, Moustapha

Accent on New Paltz: Bon voyage, Moustapha

This month, long time New Paltz resident, master drummer and drum maker, dancer, teacher and occasional house painter Moustapha Diedhiou will depart from JFK airport on a seven-hour flight to Dakar, Africa. Over the next two days he will drive 235 miles south, passing through Gambia, in order to reach his home village of Brikamanding...
Mark Sherman: Conversation starters

Mark Sherman: Conversation starters

Do you have trouble starting conversations? If so, I’m here to offer solutions. But before I do, keep in mind that, as usual when it comes to difficulties and behaviors, you’re not the only one. Okay, if you are the kind of person who enjoys lying face down on your lawn with your nose buried...
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...