Catskillian to small-town USA: Get outdoors

Treadwell resident Linda Norris, who blogs at The Uncataloged Museum and is in the Ukraine on a Fulbright fellowship, reflects on village life in two continents.

I realized yesterday that there's one big difference between villages in the United States and villages almost everywhere else.   No, it's not that yesterday's Ukrainian village has cell phone reception and Treadwell, NY does not.  It's that people are outside:  waiting for the now rare bus or ride to hitch, walking to the little market, walking home from school, or up to church, cleaning up for Easter, getting the plots ready for planting, and if you're a teenager, spending your after-school time in that timeless way of standing in a group, giggling, and sort of kicking at the dirt.