Posts Tagged 'hudson valley holiday'

A guide to locally sourced and renewable gifts 

A guide to locally sourced and renewable gifts 

In the Hudson Valley we are surrounded by natural beauty. Yet, too often, we can become complacent, almost dulled as to what exists right outside of our own backyards. We stick to the same routines, the walk around the block, the elliptical at the gym, sometimes even the shuffle from the grocery store to the parking lot might be the only bit of fresh air we breathe in a day. 

Christmas: An abbreviated history of a very long story

Christmas: An abbreviated history of a very long story

As early as the late fourth century, Christians have been proposing theories about how the Romans arrived at Jesus’ birthdate. At that time, Saint Augustine declared, “Hence it is that He was born on the day which is the shortest in our earthly reckoning and from which subsequent days begin to increase in length.

Celebrating the wisdom of the twilight years

Celebrating the wisdom of the twilight years

For me, reading’s been better than ever this year. It’s helped me and many others find a means of accepting, even understanding, the anxieties caused by pandemic. It’s been an alternative to the battles over truth that have forced their ways into our political souls via journalism and the social media.

The holidays take a new shape this year

The holidays take a new shape this year

With the second wave of Covid-19 still building steam, upcoming holiday celebrations, which generally involve intergenerational, indoor gatherings lasting several hours or more, are coming under scrutiny. Public health officials are urging Americans to celebrate only with those in their household; in essence, to skip seeing extended family this year so that everyone will be around to see next year. 

Gathering for a county Covid-19 update

Gathering for a county Covid-19 update

The arrows of crisis are all pointed up at precipitous angles, as officials and front-line workers scramble back into response mode, and a fatigued, near-broken populace moans “not that again,” as if it were another pointless Kardashian/Jenner news cycle. Some of the most embittered and suspicious among us arguing that is precisely what it is.