A Village Idiom: This Writer’s Life

© J.N. Urbanski

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for reading Upstate Dispatch. This week, we were thrilled to receive some high praise, kind attention and a surprise donation: it’s enlivening to know that all the hard work is appreciated. All the analytics and visitor metrics in the world won’t tell us if you actually enjoyed reading it or not! UD has thousands of readers every month, from near and far, but hardly any comments. I also received some other feedback: you want to read more about me in particular, my life. My writing and consulting work takes me far and wide, introduces me to some incredibly interesting people and places. While I’m formulating a plan on how to deliver more of these stories on this website, here are some back links to some popular posts (at the bottom of the page). UD was started in September 2014, so there’s a lot of history here. Feel free to dig around and comment. I’ll be publishing back links from this site every couple of weeks.

This year, as a writer, I decided to get back into fiction and vowed to read more. I also vowed to attend at least one writer’s group, or start one, because my romance with the blank page can’t beat a night out with actual people. I will also be going down to the local library more: Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns to write my fiction. Country life can be isolating, especially if you work from home like so many local writers, farmers and producers. If you buy books, like I do, donate them to the local library when you’ve finished. It’s a great way to share some of your collection, while still having access to it.

Finally, I have been neglecting the high peaks, having ten more hikes to complete the Catskill 35. Tomorrow: North Dome and Sherrill – that’s if I haven’t signed up too late.

Popular Links from Upstate Dispatch:

Alfie, my black lab/shepherd rescued from the Kingston ASPCA, has his own fans and this post, entitled For The Love of Dog, about him was picked up by Mrs Sizzle in New York City. He was photographed by Shannon Greer at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

My thoughts on work, now that I’m closer to the real work of country life and also my thoughts on food and the food system.

Our instagram feed and my own: jnurbanski.

My local: go drink some vodka, drink local. A recipe for a winter warmer: mulled, spiced port.

Last year, I became a trustee on the board of Woodchuck Lodge, John Burrough’s ancestral home. I’ll be writing a post on community service at a later date.

Thanks again for reading,

J.N. Urbanski

5 thoughts on “A Village Idiom: This Writer’s Life

  1. Jim Smart


    We are newcomers, having just purchased a second home in the South Kortright area. We live in Minneapolis, MN and we just love both of our home locations, one in the midst of a wonderful urban community and one buried in the Catskills!

    We have been so delighted with the people we’ve met in the Catskills, who have been enormously helpful and friendly. We also love many of the wonderful businesses that surround us, especially the restaurants. In our immediate area there are three that I’d like to give a shout out! One is Table on Ten in Bloomville! It’s just wonderful and the food and people can’t be beat! In Hobart, (the book capital of the Catskills,) is a new business, the Bull and Garland! The most authentic British Pub we’ve ever seen since our last trip to G.B. The food and atmosphere are fantastic and it’s very well priced too! Lastly in Delhi is another wonderful pub like place called The Shire! Just wonderful and try to get a seat near the fireplace on a cool night!

    Again, we just love our new home and hope to be spending at least every other month out there.


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