Where do you live?

Bethel, NY

What do you do for a living?

Self-employed hairdresser

How long have you been up here? What led you here?

I was born and raised in Monticello. I left for a few years to live in Key Biscayne FL, Boulder & Nederland, Colorado and then Rochester, NY. I returned to the area after my father suffered a severe stroke. Family called.

What song describes your life upstate?

“Summertime” Kenny Chesney, “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey, ‘I Hope You Dance” Lee Ann Womack

What do you think about when you’re alone in the woods?

The awesomeness of our planet, tree systems, animal and environmental conservation, a higher power, my spirituality, and that I should’ve brought the camera.

Spring or Fall?

Fall, although it is the distinctive seasons and area changes that really has appeal.

Route 17 or 97?

97 is spectacular, yet 17 usually gets me where I want to go…

Hunting or foraging?

I forage for memories and images…

What kind of car do you drive?

I drive a BMW 3x 28i.

Favorite restaurant?

The Fat Lady, Hennings, Peppino’s, Ciao Bella.

Favorite swimming spot?

White-Kauneonga Lake, Bethel-St Park, Swinging Bridge. Morritt’s.

Someone should open up a ______ here.

Asian restaurant in Bethel, a Service Training Business and a retail clothing store

Name three things a local should not be without.

A good friend, transportation and GPS (#4 is an Iphone, loaded with apps)

One tool that you use practically every day.

Scissors, of course.

What are some common errors you see new locals make?

They miss the subtler qualities and nuances of the area. Their expectations are too high. They need to slow down. Some firm  locals are skeptical of newcomers. They will only listen to you if your great-great-grandfather is buried in the local cemetery. So, come on slowly with new ideas.

What advice would you give someone interested in moving upstate?

Have a car, a job or hobby, and get out there and network. Be open to a wonderful life. Get a P.O. Box and smile when you go there!

What keeps you here?

I see the positive. I work on changing the negatives. I have a great husband, Steve, a nice home, a few good friends and a business with great clients. I’m close enough to NYC. And for now, this area has everything I need.