How to stand out if you’re a bass player in a band full of women

I’ve often joked that there were times in my life where I felt about as out-of-place as a second trombone in a string quartet.  But that being said … This musical clip will make you smile.  Trust me. I received this clip from a friend of mine, Paul Rapp (local music lovers might know him…

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How to stay motivated and complete your projects

One of the things in which my blog has helped me has been its ability to keep me focused when I work on various art and/or photography projects.  By the time I’m done with the project, it looks great.  And I chronicle everything from idea to completion in this little weblog. Today, I’m sharing some…

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Clean clothes are nothing to crow about

Yesterday morning, I dropped my clothes off at a local wash-dry-and-fold laundromat in Albany.  Figured if I gave the laundromat my clothes in the morning, by the afternoon my clothes would be ready for pickup. Well … when I arrived at the laundromat at 5:30 to claim my clothing… There was an additional guest at…

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Baron the Woodpecker and your moment of nature

Of late, I’ve discovered the simple pleasures of birding.  No, I’m not traveling into the woods, a pair of binoculars strapped around my throat, hunting for the elusive yellow-bellied sapsucker.  But on occasion, whether I’m visiting a friend’s house or spending time at a comfortable bed and breakfast, I’ve caught nature’s winged beauty through my…

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A pillow of Planters Peanuts

Last month, while on vacation in New Hampshire, I visited my Aunt Elaine’s antiques store in Center Tuftonboro.  Her place, Golden Past Antiques, is a nice little hideaway with rooms and rooms of antiques and treasures. Tucked in one of the rooms was an old Planters Peanuts burlap bag. Yep.  I purchased it.  But in…

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The postcards finally arrived from Syracuse … and …

So six postcards arrived in my mailbox Saturday evening.  Three from the photo discipline, three from arts and crafts. Let’s check the arts and crafts section first, shall we? The first card I checked was my Saratoga Vichy Table, a piece of furniture that was crafted from two Saratoga Vichy crates. And the piece was…

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Dude … I got a Dremel!

I participate in Reddit’s gift exchanges – you know, the “Secret Santa” where you send a package to person A, while person B sends you a package.  The gifts are supposed to be thoughtful and reflective of a person’s needs, wants, concerns and desires – in other words, if you’re a Firefly fan, sending someone…

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The Fort Orange Dairy and Feeds burlap project is DONE

Look at that sweet project.  Two months of stitching and trimming and re-stitching and counting and updating and the like.  Done. My third – and final – burlap stitching project is complete.  This burlap project, featuring the Fort Orange Dairy and Feeds logo from an old feed store on Arch Street in downtown Albany, was…

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