Best of our TU Community Blogs, March 10, 2016: Ten For Thursday

All right, all right, this week I have to retain self control.

If I say “ten for Thursday,” it has to be ten.  Ten of the Times Union’s best community and independent bloggers.  Ten blogs by people who write for the love of their opinion and the desire to share their thoughts.

I gotta stop at ten.  Or this Thursday feature is going to be like Dick Vitale picking seventeen freshmen for his ten “Diaper Dandies” list.

Come on, Chuck.  Show some self-restraint.

Then again, it’s not like I’m saying the eleventh blog wouldn’t be as good as the other ten.  Certainly it is.  These are great writers and bloggers and thinkers and raconteurs.

And with that in mind… this week’s TEN blog “Diaper Dandies” include:

  1. Professor Warren Roberts, “Where have I been lately? (Read this first.) (Prayers and thoughts for a speedy recovery, Professor.)
  2. Jessica Serfilippi in the “Animal Rights” blog, “Before you bring home a bunny for Easter.
  3. Lale Davidson’s “Out of the Ordinary” blog, “Legal body trafficking.
  4. Assemblyman Jim Tedisco’s blog, “Petition drive for Assembly to pass Kirby & Quigley’s Law.
  5. Sara Rose Wheeler’s “Roaring Twenties” blog, “Ridiculous But Reasonable Reasons Why I Cried.
  6. Jaye McBride in the comedy blog, “Once again, Caitlyn Jenner is not Jaye McBride.
  7. Nina Marinello’s blog, “Club Sandwich Generation.
  8. Rob Hoffman in the “Hoffman Files” blog, “Would a President Trump ‘measure up’?
  9. Brian Huba’s “Cat’s Pajamas” blog, “The OJ divide.
  10. Mary Martin’s “A Good Enough Life” blog, “Rampling and Smith: two films, two stars.
  11. Sonja Stark’s “PilotGirl” blog, “Hiking to idiosyncratic truths on Halcott Mountain.
  12. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “‘Our Kids’ and the real inequality.
  13. Christina Stenson-Carey in the books blog, “Daniel Pinkwater, an appreciation.
  14. Carl Strock’s blog, “The GOP: Hoist with its own petard.
  15. Brad Shear’s Mohawk Hudson Humane Society blog, “New PSA to protect animals and people.

And there you have it.  Ten great blogs by ten great community and independent Times Union bloggers.

That’s right, I stopped at ten blogs, and I could have listed five more if I wanted to.



3 thoughts on “Best of our TU Community Blogs, March 10, 2016: Ten For Thursday”

  1. I’m really pleased with the increased number of blogs and diversity of topics -particularly Jeremy Olson’s cardboard Empire onboard games! However, out of all the new blogs in the past few months, unless I’m missing someone, of minority voices only Ken Thurman has been added. The disparity has only increased. Out of 133 blogs I count 5 minorities (3 African American, 1 Asian, 1 Arabic) – a percentage rate far below what those minorities represent in society.

    I know Huber reaches out and does what he can to bring a diversity of opinions, but if the Times Union isn’t attracting a greater variety of minority voices perhaps it’s because they don’t see the TU as speaking on issues that concern them, or feel so disenfranchised they don’t even think of approaching the TU.

    What I would like to see is a religious blog by a Muslim Imam (we have a rabbi, a priest, and a protestant minister), or a parenting blog by someone other than a white woman. I mean, if aliens were determining Earth life by just reading the Times Union blogs they would think only white people have children.


    1. Jango. I’ll continue to reach out and I’m open to references. Spread the word, please, that we’ve been providing a platform for community voices for years. If you have friends/acquaintances you think might be interested, you know how to reach me:


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