#metoo – a guest post from Heather Fazio

My friend Heather Fazio is a longtime writer and blogger.  She writes both for the Times Union’s books blog and for her own personal blog.

Today she wrote a very important and dedicated piece, a personal recovery from personal tragedy and pain and horror.  She posted it on her Times Union blog – only to have the Times Union yank the post down and suspend her account.

Man, that sounds familiar.

Anyways, I’m of the belief that bloggers support bloggers, and I offered to repost Heather’s piece here on my portal.  Please note that the blog does contain mature adult language and themes, and may not be completely safe for work.  But it is an important read.  And I’m proud to share my friend’s post with you.  Please read and understand.

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#metoo – a guest post by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

My friend Fran Rossi Szpylczyn is a longtime writer and blogger.  She writes the very popular “There Will Be Bread” religious blog for the Times Union. .

Today she wrote a very important and dedicated piece, a personal recovery from personal tragedy and pain and horror.  She posted it on her Times Union blog – only to have the Times Union yank the post down and suspend her account.

Man, that sounds familiar.

Anyways, I’m of the belief that bloggers support bloggers, and I offered to repost Fran’s piece here on my portal.  Please note that the blog does contain mature adult language and themes, and may not be completely safe for work.  But it is an important read.  And I’m proud to share my friend’s post with you.  Please read and understand.

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Crossing past my failures

It’s one of my worst traits.  It’s also one of my biggest failings.

And it’s something I’ve been working on and dealing with for nearly 55 years.

And by talking about it in the blog today, I’m hoping that I also shine a light on this problem – and if you’re either suffering from this failing, or know someone who is afflicted with this issue, that you understand.

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A fundraiser for Mack Brin Farms this Sunday

I’m really hoping that everyone within the sound of my blog is able to help on this.

As you know, Mack Brin Farms in Ballston Spa recently suffered a horrific fire that destroyed their main barn and cost the lives of over 100 rabbits, along with some chickens and their prized San Clemente Island sire Chile.

Rebuilding a barn and repairing all the damage can take time.  And it can also take money.

And although there are some gofundme pages that have already raised substantial amounts of money…

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The small world … and the even smaller world…

Among my camera lenses that will successfully integrate with my Nikon Df camera body are two “macro” lenses.  One lens is a vintage Micro-Nikkor 55mm lens which captures the exact size of the object as you can see in the frame.  The other lens is a construction from Hong Kong, a Zhong Yi Mitakon 20mm f/2 lens, meaning that whatever appears in the viewfinder is actually 4.5 times larger than regular size.

Enormous and Gi-normous, I guess.

Using these lenses takes some patience and concentration.  But if you can frame the object just right … you can get some amazing photographs with these lenses.  Sharp focused objects in the foreground, with swirly sweet bokeh in the back.

Let me give you some examples with photos I took over the weekend.

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