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Barbara Gunn
Barbara Dwyer Gunn was raised in Syracuse and Albany in upstate New York and has a B.A. from the College of St. Rose in Albany and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She has worked at all levels of government and in non-profits throughout her career and presently runs a non-profit in New York City. She has a home in the northern Catskills and shares with her siblings a cabin on a small lake in a forever-wild area of the Adirondack State Park.

Entries by Barbara Gunn

Walking in New York City

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 11:19 AM

Walking in New York City is essential, but it also has rules or maybe even an etiquette, and is a whole new way of looking at the urban world. New Yorkers walk a lot; it is healthy for sure, but the real reason is that it is either the only...

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Rural Musings

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 7:21 AM

In an isolated rural spot, one can sit outside in the early morning and try to blend in with everyone else scooting about taking care of their morning. We have a bench on a stone patio facing the Catskills which looks over a stone terrace edging the grass overlooking the...

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Craigslist Musings

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 7:07 AM

The Craigslist furniture category is fun to explore, particularly if you are trying to furnish a camp. Yet, I forget what I am looking for sometimes, distracted by the definitions, the descriptions, the requirements, the slice of life stories. Sometimes the list reveals odd folks and odd furniture; people's approach...

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Our Syracuse Pottery

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2013 | 1:54 PM

My grandfather worked for Syracuse Pottery for over 50 years. He made cups, he oversaw other potters; he refused several offers to be a manager; he liked the overtime for the potters. In the tradition of old American companies, he received a pin in recognition of his work when he...

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City Boy Meets Country

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 5:41 PM

When we bought a place in the northern Catskills, we had our reasons. It had stunning views from almost every window, but also it was near my aging parents, my siblings, their children. Our son was 5 when we found the 100 acres with a smattering of buildings. He was...

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Potter Hollow, Rural View

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Twenty years ago after a long search in rural upstate New York, we found an old farmhouse on a hill with an incredible view of the Catskills. After years of unsuccessful searching, we had driven up a long driveway between a picture-perfect stone wall on one side and a row...

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Potter Hollow

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 4:47 PM

We drive upstate from New York City a few weekends a month -- really upstate, that is, Potter Hollow, two hours from the George Washington bridge on the west side of the Hudson River. We spent years meandering around Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, looking for a small place for weekends....

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Upstate New York: Good Food Is A Small Town Value

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 6:00 AM

When we travel upstate on occasional Fridays, we usually leave about 6 p.m., sit on the West Side Highway for 20 minutes -- if we're lucky -- cross the GW Bridge, navigate the Palisades Parkway and the NYS Thruway to Saugerties. We then stop in Cairo at the grocery store...

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Upstate New York and Irene

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 2:46 PM

A day after Irene fled New York City with less wind and rain than anyone had thought possible, friend and family reports from upstate began to come in, with fear, with agony, with astonishment. When you have grown up upstate, far upstate -- near Syracuse, the Adirondacks, Tug Hill, Albany,...

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