So I watched They Shall Not Grow Old last night…

Last night, I took in a rare (for me) Monday night motion picture, as the Peter Jackson-directed documentary They Shall Not Grow Old premiered for the first date of a two-night engagement. And can I say this?  The film was totally impressive.  Peter Jackson took 100-year-old footage from World War I (the “Great War”) or…

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Tommy Hoehn’s “Losing You to Sleep” is an Album I Want To Be Buried With

It’s 1981, and I’m a senior in high school.  My music teacher, George Mastrangelo, would sometimes give us albums that he had acquired.  And, for some reason, he gave me this one. Now I had never heard of Tommy Hoehn, I didn’t know his music, as far as I was concerned, this probably came from…

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You say “Wee Pals,” I say “Kid Power.”

When this tweet came up in my Twitter feed a few days ago, it brought back some smiles. Today in Comics History: "Wee Pals" creator Morrie Turner, a true trailblazer for inclusivity and multicultural perspectives on the comics page, was born on December 11, 1923. pic.twitter.com/7F187mrfE9 — Tom Heintjes (@Hoganmag) December 11, 2018 Morrie Turner…

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7 and 7 on Saturday, December 15 2018

Good morning, my friendly blog readers.  As you know, every Saturday I take a moment and showcase the blogs and podcasts and photographic links from my fellow writers and photographers.  You can find their pages on my blogroll.  And as an added encouragement, on Saturdays I feature a recent blog post from their work. Wanna…

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“How do I know that you’re really Kelsey from Hamilton College?”

It’s that time of year – when the temperature drops, when the Christmas music plays on the radio, and my alma mater, Hamilton College, contacts me for financial donations. I’m used to this by now.  Hamilton never contacts me to ask about how I’m doing, they never contact me to say they liked one of…

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In dreams, the Pakistan Blues arrive …

Somewhere in the inky night between sleep, slumber and somnolence, I had a dream.  And although we all say we remember every part of every dream … in this case, I could only remember fragments.  Unconnected, dissonant fragments – something about listening to the radio, and hearing George Harrison playing a song called “Pakistan Blues.”…

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The true definition of “upstate”

There’s an old but wise statement in life.  “Everybody is entitled to their opinion … unless you disagree with me, in which case, you are wrong.” 😀 And because of this … we will now get into a spirited discussion in this blog on one of the most contentious topics a New York State resident…

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Sending Utica Club to my Reddit Secret Santa giftie…

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the social media site reddit for years.  At times, reddit can be a fantastic resource for information and communication; at other times, it can be a place for harassment, impersonation, cyber-bullying and vulgarity.  I’ve seen both sides of it.  Trust me. That being said, every year I participate in…

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K-Chuck Radio: Christmas songs we no longer need

I definitely appreciate the holiday season, as well as all the great holiday-themed music that bursts through the radios at this time of year. But recently, some radio stations have altered their Christmas playlists to take one song out of rotation – the duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”  You know, this song. This is the…

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