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Valley Uprising co-director Nick Rosen working in Yosemite (photo by courtesy of Sender Films)

New Paltz Climbing Film Festival

“There’s a fine line between boldness and stupidity.” So says one veteran climber in the trailer for Valley Uprising: Yosemite’s Rock Climbing Revolution, the centerpiece of the 2014 Reel Rock Film Tour, which…

The Hannah Arendt Center’s seventh annual international fall conference, “The Unmaking of Americans,” runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 9 and 10 at Olin Hall on the Bard campus, and is open to the general public by advance registration.

Top thinkers duke it out over “American Exceptionalism” at Bard

Itching to pick a fight with someone today? Are you aghast at the apathy of your fellow Americans, who seem to be wandering about in a haze, numbed by their latest addictive consumer…

(Nasa | Bill Ingalls)

A strange total eclipse

Of nature’s greatest sky spectacles, the total lunar eclipse probably ranks sixth. It does not take one’s breath away like a solar totality, a major aurora display, an exploding meteor or bolide, a…

Persimmon fruit on a leafy tree (photo by Lee Reich)

Persimmons now reaching peak harvest

It’s raining persimmons! And every morning I go out to gather drops from beneath the trees. And every afternoon. And, depending on the wind and the temperature, sometimes early evenings also. The fruits…

(Photos of the Dr. Oliver Bronson House in Hudson courtesy of  Historic Hudson)

Historic Hudson walking tour spotlights rescued architectural gem

Consider this little drop of a story as a symbol for something larger happening up and down this valley, as well as very specifically within the fast-renovating City of Hudson. There was once…

(Photo by Julie O’Connor)

Open House Day at Slabsides

David Schuyler, author of Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909, will speak about the shaping of John Burroughs’ nature philosophy and his importance in the quickly changing late 19th…

Sojourner Truth c. 1870

Follow in Sojourner Truth’s footsteps

For many years I’ve been maintaining that if the Town of New Paltz had a white male hero associated with it of the historic significance of Sojourner Truth, a big statue of him…

Frustrated duck at Lee’s house (photo by Lee Reich)

This season’s fruitless & fruitful garden endeavors

Early autumn is a good time for me to find a sunny spot on the terrace with a comfortable chair, pluck a bunch of grapes from the arbor overhead and ponder the fruits of this…

(Photo by Michael Tutton)

Why I plant my garlic earlier than recommended

Into the ground goes the stinking rose. That’s garlic. As a matter of fact, by the time you read this, my garlic cloves will have been in the ground for a while –…

Almanac Weekly’s Night Sky columnist Bob Berman in his observatory in Willow (photo by Andrea Barrist Stern)

How to see an aurora

Last week a powerful X-class solar flare erupted smack in the middle of the Sun. It was optimally positioned to affect Earth. We broadcast live solar views the next day on our community…

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