Best of our TU Independent Blogs, December 22, 2016: Ten for Thursday

Good morning all.  Are you ready to enjoy the best blogging experiences the Times Union has to offer?  Especially from their independent and community blogging crew, who write about things that are important in this world, whether on a global or a minute scale, and share these thoughts with all of you.

First off, I want to pass along my sincere goodbyes to Bill Dowd, a community blogger who penned the popular “Dowd on Drinks” blog.  He is leaving the TU blog portal, and I wish nothing but the best for him in his future blogging endeavors.  Plus, there’s personal connection – the Dowd family owns a training facility for harness racers, and I wrote about one of their racing studs, Just Vic, a few years ago.  All the best, Bill.

Also, I want to share news of the wonderful time I had last Friday with an intimate blogging get-together.  Several Times Union community bloggers – including Roger Green, Ken Screven, Walter Ayres, Judi England, Aaron Bush and Michael Rivest – all got together to share some holiday cheer and blogging stories and fun.  It was an awesome get-together, and I hope that more blogging meet-ups happen in 2017.

Now, as Casey Kasem would say, “on with the countdown.”

Check out these blog posts this week.  They include:

  1. Gina Peca’s blog, “Is having a happy holiday mandatory?(Read this first.)
  2. Megan Willis’ “Davenport Chronicles” blog, “Veg crock pot comfort & black rice. Hungry man meal fit for carnivores.
  3. Heather Fazio’s blog, “My mother’s protector.
  4. Jaye McBride’s blog, “Visiting my dead mom’s grave.
  5. Rabbi Matt Cutler’s blog, “A couple good old ‘bubbe-meises’ for Hanukkah.
  6. Rob Hoffman in the “Hoffman Files” blog, “Fry me up some Hanukkah.
  7. Lale Davidson’s “Out of the Ordinary” blog, “Why I celebrate Christmas even though I don’t believe in God.
  8. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “Lies and voters.
  9. Lyn Miller-Lachmann in the “Waging Peace” blog, “A basket of books.
  10. Lawrence White’s “Field of View” blog, “‘Appalling’ FBI Clinton Warrant.

And now let’s travel to the little red schoolhouse and see how the undergraduate bloggers are doing.

  1. Dylan Rossiter’s blog, “Eighteen down, many more to go.
  2. Sydney Roffman’s blog, “Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is my go-to feel-good movie.
  3. Katie Lembo’s blog, “I can’t believe how bored I am.

If you enjoy these independent and community blogs, by all means let the writers know.  That’s why blogs have comment sections.

And have a great day, everybody!

Best of our TU Independent Blogs, December 15, 2016: Ten for Thursday

So I’m curious … did you take care of all your holiday shopping yet?  Did you make that last-minute online purchase?  Have you made sure to send off that extra-special parcel to that loved one so far away?

Good.  If you’ve done that, then you deserve a break.  Sit down and enjoy these blog posts by the Times Union’s crew of talented independent and community bloggers.  And if you aren’t done with your shopping yet … take a break and enjoy these blogs anyway.  It might inspire you to get that last-minute gift that everybody will be talking about.

And no, I don’t mean fruitcake.

So let’s get started.  This week’s blog posts worth checking out include:

  1. Professor Warren Roberts’ blog, “TV gave us Trump.(Read this first.)
  2. Rob Hoffman in the “Hoffman Files” blog, “Trump drains the swamp … and fills it with oil.
  3. Jess Winans’ blog, “America: We need to help in Syria.
  4. Lawrence White’s “Field of View” blog, “The shame of mankind.”
  5. David Kalish’s “The Ruminator” blog, “School district faces new push to put land dispute to voters.
  6. Gina Peca’s blog, “‘Tis better to give …
  7. Rabbi Matt Cutler’s blog, “Joyful Resilience: Hanukkah In Our Own Days.
  8. Susanne Marie Poulette’s blog, “Lessons on lying.
  9. Sara Rose Wheeler’s “Roaring Twenties” blog, “It’s the season of giving.
  10. Michael Wayne in the “Holistic Health” blog, “Obesity and the chemicals we eat.

And now let’s check out the undergraduates, shall we?

  1. Sydney Roffman, Guilderland High School” “Video: Pit bulls unfairly singled out in breed specific ltiigation.
  2. Dylan Rossier in the high school blog, “Rossiter: The disabled need Uber in Upstate.
  3. Katie Lembo in the college blog, “Finals week.

See?  You’ve read some great blog posts by the Times Union’s great independent and community bloggers, and now you feel refreshed.

Time to get that last-minute shopping done!  Have a great day, everybody!

Best of our TU Independent Blogs, December 8, 2016: Ten for Thursday

You know you’ve been waiting for this all week.  You wait for this like you wait for a brand new episode of your favorite TV show.

And yes, it’s time for another weekly recap of the Times Union’s best independent bloggers, the community writers and the raconteur eloquence.

So let’s get right to it.  This week’s batch of blog treats includes:

  1. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom!(Read this first.  No, read the book first, then read this blog post.)
  2. Andy Gregory’s 518 Music “CRUMBS” blog, “The Incomplete List of Ha Ha, Ho Ho and Oh No Holiday Music from the Local 518.
  3. Assemblyman John T. McDonald’s blog, “Train Horn Quiet Zone Project Moves Forward in Cohoes.
  4. Assemblyman Jim Tedisco’s blog, “Remembering Marv Cermak, a man for all seasons.
  5. Rob Hoffman’s “Hoffman Files” blog, “Book Banning: coming to a school district near you.
  6. Susanne Marie Poulette’s new blog, “An offer I couldn’t refuse.(NEW BLOGGER!! NEW BLOGGER!!)
  7. David Kalish’s “The Ruminator” blog, “School district rejects push to preserve a wooded oasis in Clifton Park.
  8. Sara Rose Wheeler’s “Roaring Twenties” blog, “Where I’ve been.
  9. Roger Green’s “Information Without the Bun” blog, “Joe Hittorff, Jr. – Dec. 2, 1916 – Dec. 7, 1941.
  10. Rev. Sam Trumbore’s blog, “Minimalist Christmas?

And now let’s check out the undergrads and see what they’ve written…

  1. Dylan Rossiter in the high school blog, “Student bridges gap between Scouts and Athletics.
  2. Graciana Cox, Scotia-Glenville High School, “Mental health and teens of today.
  3. Katie Lembo in the college blog, “One year later.

Have a great day everybody, and enjoy these and other Times Union community and independent bloggers!

Best of our TU Independent Blogs, December 1, 2016: Ten for Thursday

Good morning everybody.  It’s December 1st, or as put another way, 24 shopping days until Christmas.  Did you take care of all your shopping on Black Friday?  Or are you waiting to battle the crowds on Christmas Eve?  Doesn’t matter … as long as you do what’s right for you.

And the thing that’s right today is to click on these blog posts by the Times Union’s crew of independent community bloggers, who write from the heart to bring you their views and ideas and thoughts.

And this week’s blog post list includes:

  1. Rabbi Matt Cutler’s “Congregation Gates of Heaven” blog, “Leroy’s Torah.(Read this first.) (קראו תחילה זה.)
  2. Alicia Abdul in the books blog, “Putty in their hands.
  3. Rob Hoffman in the “Hoffman Files” blog, “Christmas movies can teach us much.
  4. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “Death with Dignity.*
  5. Albany County Comptroller Michael Connors’ blog, “You’ll never guess what happened to me on the way to the Audit & Finance Committee meeting.
  6. Reece T. Williams’ blog, “A belated open letter to 81 percent of White Evangelicals.
  7. Megan Willis in the East Hysteria, NY Davenport Chronicles blog, “Annnnnnnd we’re back?
  8. Donna McMullen’s blog, “Why is America harboring illegal aliens?
  9. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn’s “There Will Be Bread” blog, “More waiting, more motion.
  10. Jaye McBride’s blog, “How not to be thankful this season.

And now let’s see what the undergraduates have created, shall we?

  1. Katie Lembo in the “This is College?” blog, “Makeup must haves, from your makeup connoisseur.
  2. Sydney Roffman, Guilderland High School: “Weird song mash-ups worth checking out.
  3. Graciana Cox, Scotia-Glenville High School, “A must-see Netflix list for teens.

So if you’re still shopping, remember, and you’re looking for the perfect gift… you still have at least three weeks to find it.  After you read these great blog posts, of course.

Have a fantastic day, everybody!

Best of our TU Independent Blogs, November 24, 2016: Ten for Thursday

So it’s Thanksgiving.  I’m sure everybody’s ready to binge on turkey and stuffing, gather with the family and longtime friends, and watch three football games to finish out the day.

Well, besides being Thanksgiving, it’s also Thursday.  And around the TU blog portal, that entails another tradition.

Yep.  It’s independent blog wrap-up day.

But before I do this week’s roundup, I want to congratulate one of our Times Union independent bloggers, Aaron Bush. as he and his pharaoh hound Halo won several ribbons at the Purina National Dog Show in Philadelphia last week.  Congratulations to both dog and master!

And here’s this week’s batch of TU blogs that you should read.  Enjoy.

  1. David Kalish’s “The Ruminator” blog, “In era of Trump, tips for keeping Thanksgiving civil.
  2. Roger Green’s “Information Without the Bun” blog, “Confederate States of America currency?
  3. Jaye McBride’s blog, “This is a job for a comedian.
  4. Aaron Bush in the Fiber Arts blog, “Good morning from the Purina National Dog Show in Philadelphia!
  5. Assemblyman John McDonald’s blog, “Thanksgiving … a time to give thanks, to heal and to respect.
  6. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “A compassionate society.
  7. Lale Davidson’s “Out of the Ordinary” blog, “Post-election decisions.
  8. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn’s “There Will Be Bread” blog, “Just walk.
  9. Rob Hoffman’s “Hoffman Files” blog, “Teachers really earned their pay … in 1872.
  10. Rabbi Matt Cutler’s blog, “Finding Meaning At This Season: My Thanksgiving Prayer 2016.

And now let’s check out the undergraduate blogs…

  1. Jess Winans in the college blog, “Being Home for Thanksgiving Is Really Weird.
  2. Katie Lembo in the college blog, “The journey to self-love, from a girl who didn’t love herself.
  3. Sydney Roffman, Guilderland High School: “Leslie Knope, The voice of hope.”

Okay, everybody have a great Thanksgiving and don’t overbinge on the turkey!

Best of our TU Independent Blogs, November 17, 2016: Ten for Thursday

So what’s on the mind of the Times Union’s independent and community blogging team?  What are their thoughts this week, their dreams, their desiers, their concerns, their fears, their regrets and their furies?

Well, over the past seven days, here’s what they came up with.  Right here in this blogroll recap.

This week’s list of love includes:

  1. Lawrence White’s “Field of View” blog, “My Personal Challenges to Donald Trump.(Read this first.)
  2. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn’s “There Will Be Bread” blog, “Dreams, action, and justice.
  3. Lale Davidson’s “Out of the Ordinary” blog, “Why we mourn.
  4. Don Rittner’s blog, “Hudson Valley Set a Blaze (With Pumpkins!)
  5. Liz Lemery Joy’s “Joy In These Days” blog, “The American Vote.
  6. Paul Burgdorf’s blog, “Albany County – Town of Colonie and Beyond.” (NEW BLOGGER!! NEW BLOGGER!!)
  7. Rob Hoffman in the Hoffman Files blog, “Bookstores, our most endangered species.
  8. Andrew Gregory in the CRUMBS local music blog, “B3nson Celebrates Funsgiving 9 in the Spirit of Giving.
  9. Donna McMullen’s blog, “Are you celebrating or mourning?
  10. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “President Trump, of the Nation Formerly Known as America.

And now let’s see what the undergraduates have crafted, shall we?

  1. Katie Lembo in the college blog, “The difficulty of movements like #FreeChelsea and #FreeSnowden.
  2. Montana Stone in the college blog, “O Beautiful.
  3. Dylan Rossiter in the student news desk blog, “Trump won, like it or lump it; let it go.

Check these blogs out, and many more from the Times Union’s crew of independent and community bloggers.

And have a great day, everybody!

Best of our TU Independent Blogs, November 10, 2016: Ten for Thursday

Before I begin today’s blog recap, I need to talk about the election Tuesday.  Because the victory in that election is important.  And the Times Union’s community and independent bloggers should all celebrate.

Yes, I’m talking about the election victories of TU bloggers Angelo Santabarbara, Patricia Fahy, John McDonald and Jim Tedisco, all of whom won re-election to their various posts.  Congratulations to all.

And now let’s get to the fun part, which is recapping this week’s Times Union community and independent bloggers.  Take a read of this.

  1. Jaye McBride’s blog, “A letter to the transgender youth of America.(Read this first.)
  2. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “The morning after.
  3. Amy Renaud in the “30 Love” blog, “I Cried Today.”
  4. David Kalish’s “The Ruminator” blog, “Making sense of the impossible.
  5. Lale Davidson’s “Out of the Ordinary” blog, “Making America hate again.
  6. Donna McMullen’s blog, “The silent majority has roared!
  7. Lawrence White’s “Field of View” blog, “The America We Will Remember.
  8. Chad Burdette in the Comics Multiverse blog, “Who would Superman vote for?
  9. Montana Stone in the college blog, “We must not lose faith.
  10. Rob Hoffman in the “Hoffman Files” blog, “Election 2016: It’s time to choose, but choose wisely.

Have a great day, everybody.

Yeah, I know, after last Tuesday, that could be more difficult than previously expected.