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

So someone asked me … “Chuck, how do you choose and rank the blogs for each Thursday recap?”

Simple.  I see which bloggers have sent me cookies or candy or other forms of tribute…


Actually, I read the blogs, and those that catch my interest – whether I share the blogger’s opinion or disagree with it – get listed on Thursday.  And although I list ten (or more) blogs each week at this time, I don’t equate the blog listed at #7 as being any better than the blog at #8.  This isn’t a “win place show” blog.

And as for the “Read this first” designation… I figure that if you’re going to enjoy these blogs, you should start with the first one, in that its subject matter and/or content and/or perspective caught my attention, and is representative of the great work that the Times Union’s independent and community bloggers can achieve each week.  And if it’s a blogger that you haven’t previously enjoyed … and you either love the post or have great disagreement with it … at least you’re discovering the TU’s blog talent and appreciating what they have to say each week.

So without further delay… here’s this week’s recap of the best blogs on the TU’s blog portal.  They include:

  1. Mary Martin’s “A Good Enough Life” blog, “To the woods! Our Adirondack Vacation” (Part 1) (Part 2) (Read this first.)
  2. Rob Hoffman in the “Hoffman Files” blog, “The curious case of Colin Kaepernick.
  3. Frank Robinson’s “Rational Optimist” blog, “Observing an Alaskan feeding frenzy.
  4. Andrew Gregory in the CRUMBS Music blog, “Here comes the BOOM Room to Pittsfield.
  5. Don Rittner’s history blog, “Art you will not see in Albany.
  6. Jessica Winans’ blog, “Bye bye Brock Turner: Stanford rape leads to new legislation.
  7. Jaye McBride’s blog, “One more brother story.
  8. Nina Marinello’s blog, “Me and my heating pad.
  9. Carl Strock’s blog, “Save the trees.
  10. Kate T, guest-posting in the Transgender Talk blog, “What Do Our Friends Say?

Start with those, and go forward.  And enjoy your three-day Labor Day weekend… unless you’re working over the weekend, which would of course be a different type of labor day.  Ha.