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Woodstock Housing Commission launches a home-share program

Woodstock Housing Commission launches a home-share program

Affordable housing in the increasingly upscale community of Woodstock, according to the Woodstock Housing Commission, was a big problem even before the Airbnb phenomenon stripped the historic town of small apartments and live-in artist studios. Surrounding towns that once provided a commuting base for those that filled Woodstock’s jobs have also faced hikes in rental costs and a rise in short-term rentals.

Dr. Kate Stone’s journey of discovery from the world of science to creative design

Dr. Kate Stone’s journey of discovery from the world of science to creative design

We’d been hearing about this ultra-creative mechanical wiz living in the hills outside Woodstock. She’s been making a name for herself via TED talks and other keynote speeches about investing the magic of new technology into old-fashioned things, of slowing life down without going Luddite. From what we read about her, Stone was not only an eloquent ambassador for our Upstate glories involving nature and elegantly quiet introspection, but a clear example of the many ways in which the Hudson Valley and Catskills have long drawn great thinkers (and doers) to its hills and valleys.

Sparrow, a tonic for our discomfiting times, publishes three new books

Sparrow, a tonic for our discomfiting times, publishes three new books

“Small Happenings,” a collection of aphorisms, thoughts, observations, witty thoughts, and short poems all presented as a guide of sorts to better living, will be the subject of a virtual book launch and reading with Woodstock’s Golden Notebook on Monday, October 5. Also being printed this year: “The Princeton Diary,” a novella about a Greek writer filling in for a famous writer who’s canceled his four-year stint at the noted Ivy League school, and “Trump Verse,” a collection of short poems that mix up the witty and the outraged and outrageous.

Keeping it all together

Keeping it all together

One of my tech people’s in the middle of Iowa, where the power’s been provided by generators for a couple of weeks now. Another’s in Austin. A third radio-tech dude’s in Wisconsin. Our server is outside Phoenix.