7 and 7 on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hey everybody, you know what time it is, don’t you?

Yeah.  It’s early.  Go back to bed and get some snooze.

And after you’ve gotten that second slumber, check out these blog posts by some really great writers and friends of mine.

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7 and 7 on Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wow.  There’s more Sevens in that headline than in a Star Trek: Voyager marathon.

So it’s time for my Saturday recap of seven blog posts from the community and independent bloggers on the Times Union’s blog page, and seven blog posts from my personal blogroll.

And just a side note – it’s really sad that the Times Union doesn’t bother promoting its community and independent bloggers as much as it loves promoting its staff bloggers.  Trust me.

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7 and 7 on Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hey everybody … just remember, “leaf peeping” season is coming.  And despite claims from people in the |Berkshires or in the White Mountains that their fall foliage is the best, nobody can top the Adirondacks when it comes to stunning fall foliage.  Discuss if you wish.

But table that discussion for a moment, and let me share my roundup of great blog posts by those who are gathered on my blogroll and in the community blogging section of the Times Union.

Starting with the TU’s community (non-staff) bloggers, we have…

  1. Lawrence White’s “Field of View” blog, “Patriots and S.O.B.’s.(Read this first.)
  2. David Kalish’s “The Ruminator” blog, “The first time my daughter beat me in tennis.
  3. Rob Hoffman’s “Hoffman Files” blog, “Miracles are in short supply.
  4. Jaye McBride’s blog, “Hi, my name’s Jaye and I’m a racist.
  5. Deb Best’s “Best for Success” blog, “Line logistics.”
  6. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “Human history in a nutshell, Part 1: Evolution.
  7. Donna McMullen’s blog, “The best flowers in town!

And now let’s visit the blogroll and see what some of my other favorite writers are up to.

  1. Daniel Berman’s “FUSSYlittleBLOG” blog, “Lost in Translation.
  2. Carl Johnson’s Albany history blog “Hoxsie!”, “Harry Lash, Vaudeville Performer and Groucho’s Double.
  3. Rob Madeo’s “Keyboard Krumbs” blog, “Top Dogs.
  4. Joe Geronimo’s Adirondack photo blog, “Weekend Re-Cap.
  5. Amy Biancolli’s “Figuring Shit Out” blog, “Turns on the slide.
  6. Silvia Lilly’s “DelSo” blog, “Beer and bruises – Moreau Lake 15K Trail Run.
  7. Roger Green’s “Ramblin’ with Roger” blog, “President Trump: stunned disbelief.

Again … take a moment in the next few days and visit the Adirondacks.  And enjoy the fall foliage.  It’s amazing.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

7 and 7 on Saturday, September 23, 2017

By the time you read this edition of my weekly blog recap, I will be participating in a rare event.

I’m going to a wedding.

No, it’s not my wedding.  Not that I know of…

No, my good buds Jeremy McNamara and Katie Kurtessis are tying the knot today.  So let’s wish them all the best and a thousand happiness moments, shall we?

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7 and 7 on Saturday: September 9, 2017

Good morning all – it’s time to perform the Saturday recap of some of the best blogs from my friends and acquaintances.  It’s the “7 and 7,” where I showcase seven community  blogs from the Times Union’s blog portal, and then offer seven blogs from my personal blogroll.

And if someone asks me, “Chuck, why are you still promoting the community bloggers from the TU, it’s not like you’re writing for them any more.”

True.  But it’s not like the TU is promoting the community bloggers as much as I did when I was blogging with Big Hearst, either.  Heck, there’s one staff blogger right now who does a “20 things you didn’t know about me” wrapup, and in that platform she showcases everyone in the 518/838 except the community bloggers. $20 to a charity says there won’t be one current community blogger featured in that wrapup for the rest of 2017.

Just sayin’ is all…

No matter.  Let’s get this party started, shall we?

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7 and 7 on Saturday, September 2, 2017

Welcome to Labor Day Weekend.  That holiday where we celebrate and support the gains of the American worker.

And as part of my working duties, let me take a few moments to turn my Saturday blog post over to showcase the work of my fellow independent bloggers – first presenting the works of seven community bloggers at the Times Union’s blog portal, and then seven more from my blogroll.

And this week’s cache includes:

  1. Rabbi Matt Cutler’s Congregation Gates of Heaven blog, “A simple act of kindness, thanks to Joan Fontaine: We can all do this.(Read this first.)
  2. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn’s “There Will Be Bread” blog, “Help.
  3. Lale Davidson’s “Out of the Ordinary” blog, “Hurricane Climate Change.
  4. Rob Hoffman’s “Hoffman Files” blog, “Let’s graduate some truly useful graduates.
  5. Jaye McBride’s blog, “Je ne suis pas Charlie!
  6. Gina Peca’s blog, “The golden days of September.
  7. Heather Fazio’s blog, “Opinion: On the Way to Niagara Falls Today.

And now, let’s check the blogroll.

  1. Carl Johnson’s “Hoxsie!” Albany history blog, “Three Stories about William Holding’s Auxetophone.(Read this first.)
  2. Roger Green’s “Ramblin’ with Roger” blog, “Expressing ‘Not My Thing’ on Facebook.
  3. Daniel Berman’s “FUSSYlittleBLOG,” “Hurricane Memories.
  4. Aaron Bush’s “Aaron Knits” blog, “The Perpetually Changing Bobbin.
  5. Silvia Lilly’s “DelSo” blog, “When you wake up and the sky is pink.
  6. J. Eric Smith’s blog, “The Battle of Branxton Hollow.
  7. Lazygal’s “Killin’ Time Being Lazy” blog, “Am I Your Eyeore“?

Have a great day, everybody, and enjoy Labor Day Weekend!

7 and 7 on Saturday, August 26, 2017: Ten for Thursday

In today’s 7 and 7, I want to bring a special light to a post I’m featuring in this week’s wrapup.  Warren Roberts was a professor at the University at Albany, and he was asked years ago to contribute to the TU blog platform by then-TU blogboss Michael Huber.  He wrote off and on for several years, and his posts were quite intelligent and well-reasoned.

Then, in April, the new TU blogboss, Shannon Fromma (also known as “The Shopportunist”), informed Roberts that they didn’t want to run his blog any more.  Wow.  Not even a “would you like to continue with us” or “what can we do to help bring more readers to your posts” or anything like that.

Guess I wasn’t the only person that got the sour-milk treatment from Big Hearst.  Stay classy, Times Union…

Okay.  Let’s get back to the real reason for this post – to highlight the works of several of my fellow bloggers, both those from the TU portal and those on my blogroll.  And from the TU portal, we have:

  1. Susanne Marie Poulette’s blog, “Reappearing like the sun.(Read this first)
  2. Nina Marinello’s blog, “Maybe just a nod?
  3. Rob Hoffman in the “Hoffman Files,” “Are you a racist?
  4. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “For women only.
  5. David Kalish’s “The Ruminator” blog, “Just outside the path of totality.”
  6. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn’s “There Will Be Bread” blog, “Small s sacraments, quotidian grace.
  7. Pete Bardunias’ blog, “USS Saratoga in Action in the South Pacific.

And now, from the blogroll, let me share these with you:

  1. Professor Warren Roberts’ blog, “Reflecting on my blogs at the Times Union.” (Read this first, and leave a comment or three on his page)
  2. Rob Madeo’s “Keyboard Krumbs” blog, “Another Brick in the Paywall.
  3. 98 Acres in Albany, “A sad discovery.
  4. Aaron Bush’s “Aaron Knits” blog, “Spinning a Pixie and then off to the Fair.
  5. Carl Johnson’s “Hoxsie!” Albany history blog, “The Wellington Hotel and its Musical Owner.
  6. Roger Green’s “Rambling with Roger” blog, “Sheila E., B.B. King Blues Club, Aug 18 2017.
  7. Silvia Lilly’s “DelSo” blog, “50 esssential 4-letter words.

And there you have it.  Have a great weekend, everybody!