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Hudson Gorge Panorama: Hiking Breakneck Ridge

(Here’s an expanded version of “Hudson Gorge Panorama: Hiking Breakneck Ridge,” the cover story for the July/August 2011 issue of Adirondac, published by the Adirondack Mountain Club.) Twenty years ago, when I lived on East 47th Street in a six … Continue reading

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The Beacon Mountain Poem

Long before I grew enamored with Beacon as NoBro (North Brooklyn) with its gentrifying main street of art galleries and funky coffee houses clustered in restored brick buildings at both ends, I encountered it as a prison town. (“Be-A-Con,” a … Continue reading

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Who Was My Mother?

(December 13th is my birthday. Really, it should be my mother’s day. Here’s the woman who became “My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse.”) Born Anne Fletcher in 1926 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but Nancy Nixon by the time I arrived, … Continue reading

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Bertha Rogers Understands Vultures

People refuse to see vultures, those common black bombers leisurely patrolling our skies. Two examples. Years ago, I stood on Monument Mountain in the Berkshires, which has rugged white outcroppings of quartzite like the raw uncut blocks for marble statues; … Continue reading

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