Buh-bye, F+W Publications. You won’t be missed.

One of my greatest achievements was the time I spent with Goldmine magazine, a music collector’s biweekly publication.  From 1995 to 2007, with a one-time return in 2012, I interviewed and talked with various musicians, singers, artists and legends.   My time with Goldmine also allowed me to write two record collecting guides, Warman’s American Records…

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What DOES it take to get into college nowadays?

Spin the clock back to the spring of 1981.  My high school guidance counselor is helping me fill out college enrollment applications.  He knows I need to get out of Albany and away from my toxic home life. I also know that one of my beloved high school teachers, Bonnie Diefendorf (God rest her soul)…

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The Adventures of Lil’ Margie

Back in high school, Alfreda Tillman and I were best buddies.  We still are today.  So when she posted some news on her Facebook page, I felt it was important enough to share on my blog. Alfreda’s niece Nakia Tillman just authored a new children’s book, The Adventures of Lil’ Margie, a book about Nakia’s…

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Wait, you can “focus stack” snowflakes? Quel surprise!

Sunday morning.  Snow flurries.  Perfect. Time to go outside and play. Nikon Df at the ready, the Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm f/2 4.5X super-macro on the chassis. Here’s been my problem.  I can get some amazingly tight photos of snowflakes and all their beauty … but if I don’t have the camera in perfect alignment with…

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K-Chuck Radio: Olivia Newton-John does make you feel mellow

Last night, I enjoyed a date night where we watched a Lifetime movie.  The movie was a two-hour recap of singer Olivia Newton-John’s life and career, starring Australian singer Delta Goodrem as Olivia.  And although parts of the movie were quite interesting, there were times when the story seemed rushed – character introduced in Olivia’s…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, March 9 2019

Good morning my wonderful blog readers.  Don’t forget that tomorrow we begin Daylight Saving Time, so if you have a cell phone, it will move forward one hour automatically.  If you use the clock on your cable box, it will move forward one hour automatically.  If you have a wristwatch, then you’re old school and…

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Alex Trebek is a quizmaster without equal

So after we’ve had plenty of time to digest the latest news – that Jeopardy! game show host Alex Trebek has disclosed that he currently has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer – I wanted to take a fresh moment to look back at Trebek’s career as a game show host. And we’re not just talking about…

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Returning to the Nimslo

A few years ago, I purchased a four-lensed 35mm toy film camera.  The Nimslo was originally built so that the average photographer could capture four images simultaneously, then that film would be sent to a special lab to produce a three-dimensional “magic motion” print. Although Nimslo’s lab went away, the camera is still a fully…

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The Snowflake hunt – “King of the Snowbank” time

Sunday night.  Just as the sun drops below the horizon, the snowflakes fall again. Super.  If those snowflakes keep falling in the morning, I’ll get some swank snowflakes for my photos. Monday morning. I look outside. There’s snow on the ground … but no snowflakes in the air. Damn it. I checked the Weather Channel…

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