Hudson Valley Spotlight: Kingston, New York

Al Smith Election Poster Hudson Valley Kingston brick wallTurn a corner in Kingston and you’ll find a surprise. For example, walking down Fair Street, I saw a campaign poster for Al Smith, Prohibition opponent, and 4-time governor of New York State. It was unusual because Mr. Smith died in 1944. Was this an omen? Will the Republican Party try to posthumously nominate Richard Nixon? The one thing to remember about surprises is that they come at you in two ways – good and bad. Continue reading

Bannerman Island: Debunking A Suburban Myth

Bannerman Castle

I grew up believing this abandoned structure on an island in the Hudson River was the home of the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys in the classic film “The Wizard of Oz“. Learning it wasn’t didn’t ruin my 4th of July. And neither did the grey skies and persistent drizzle that accompanied my tour of Bannerman Island. Continue reading

Time for a Quickie? Two Must-See Shops in Nyack, NY

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Nyack is a Saturday destination for many New Yorkers who arrive to bike, hike, and shop in this charming hamlet, located snug up against the western bank of the Hudson River. You can make a day of it, but, if you’ve only got an hour or so, hit up this dynamic retail duo on Broadway: The Chocolaterie and Pickwick Book Shop. Continue reading

Planes, Trains, But No Automobiles

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Our photo albums are filled with pictures of family members with cars, like this one of my dad.

My sister’s first car was a peach Volaré. It had faux Corinthian leather seats and, when you turned on the a/c, white smoke puffed out of the vents. We referred to this malfunction as the “papal election”.

Do you remember your first car? Did you name it?

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Holiday in the Hospital (Review)

This post is sponsored by Exeter Science and Entertainment (ESE), who provided me with a pair of CoolStream Bluetooth Headphones. I gave them a road test but only after they were pressed into urgent and unusual service…

The 4th of July brings to mind bbqs, fireworks, the ER. The ER? Yes, when your sister requires an emergency appendectomy. I survived the 6-hour pre-surgery wait thanks in large part to my CoolStream Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. If you haven’t visited an ER lately, my advice is…don’t.

Despite signs requesting No Cell Phone Use and One Visitor Per Patient, there were whole families in each curtained cubicle, loudly conducting business, berating one another and, next door to us, holding a picnic. If you know an ER employee, hug them pronto. Continue reading