A Bit About The Literal...
And The Metaphoric
We’re coming to the end of the summer that many said
wasn’t, although as pointed out by our kid writers throughout
the recent months, it’s still been a summer, and good
enough for those who like the change in pace as much as matching
weather and entertainment realities to our dreams of such.
And what a glorious weekend we’ve just had to start
closing it all out with, from opera in parks to Kidstock all
pulling great crowds for homegrown entertainment, no matter
the rain. There really is something about the sense of community
we’ve all built in this corridor here!
Now we’re about to step back into the workaday world
of another school year, another local election cycle, the
annual struggle to match town and county budgets to town and
county needs. We’ve got a lot of home repairs to get
finished, given the weather’s lack of cooperation. Some
major infrastructure projects still on hand. Some major policy
battles to be fought.
But we’ve been through a great deal, too, from some
sad passings to some continuing rancor left over from past
political battles, and to tell you the truth there’s
something particularly beautiful about the view from here
that’s truly invigorating, despite the heat.
The students we’ve been talking to are all excited about
the school year ahead, and despite their parents’ gripings
about boards and costs and budgets and what-have-you, seem
very happy about being at Onteora. To reflect that feeling,
we’ll be starting to run a regular page of student-originated
material each issue, from all our schools… including
photos, essays, poetry, and drawings. Not assigned, but from
the hearts and minds of our young… because we believe
it’s important they feel listened to, and we start to
listen to what they have to say, no matter if it’s not
always what we are expecting to hear.
Many of the newer folks we’ve met spending time up here
over the past summer are wanting to move up full time now,
the better to join what they see, from the outside, as a viable
sense of community. People may be screaming at townhall and
our town’s meetings, but they’re smiling out on
Which makes us all hopeful about some of the challenges we
have yet to face this year, from the initiation or completion
of better sewer and water systems to repaved and rerouted
roads and bridges, as well as reworked zoning laws and tax
valuation formulas and the drawing in of new voices and talents
into our municipal governmental systems.
Labor Day… a time of shifts, not only literal (in terms
of the holiday’s worker bee roots) but metaphoric (in
light of its seasonal role). A time to consider all we’ve
worked for, and have yet to work towards… as well as
to start reaping some of the benefits of our toilings.
Labor Day… also a time to think about the nature of
employment these days. Do we need to keep asking for help
from outside, for service jobs and town employment, the glimmer
of work that actually covers health insurance, or might we
be on the verge of moving into a brighter future where at
least some of such worries, on the health front, aren’t
as severe and daunting, freeing us all up to be more productive
by doing things closer to our hearts, and our own community’s
Can we look back on this Labor Day as a time when we all shifted
from one way of thinking about work, in terms of its literal
benefits, to one where we started concentrating on more metaphoric,
spiritual and even community benefits and we all grew better
as a result?
We certainly hope so… and in the meantime, have a happy
And see you all in September!