So I’m not driving for Equinox this year … but it’s not for the reason you think it is.

For the past two decades, my Thanksgiving holiday tradition – between eating turkey dinner and watching non-Steelers football games – includes bringing turkey dinners to those in need. In other words, I’m a driver for the local Equinox Thanksgiving Day charity. Years ago, I would queue at the Empire State Plaza with hundreds of other…

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Revisiting Iverhill this Christmastime.

Iverhill is a small logging town in the Adirondack Mountains. The best way to reach Iverhill is to drive up the Northway until you smell sweet pine needles, then take the next exit. Iverhill is the basis for a collection of short stories and novels. I started writing the Iverhill cycle in college, as part…

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Thanks to Elon Musk, I’ve moved to Mastodon.

It was a good eleven years with Twitter. But I’ve moved on. I could live with Elon Musk buying the company. I could hold my nose when he turned Twitter into a hate speech free-for-all. Then he unbanned Donald Trump’s Twitter account. That’s the final straw. And as much as I would LOVE to theoretically…

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It snowed last night. Start up the memes now.

I woke up this morning, looked outside my window, and saw Lightning’s Girl covered in a reasonable dusting of white snow. Ugh. Winter came early. And with the arrival of winter comes all the usual Capital District winter memes and jokes. You know the ones. The ones where we see three snowflakes outside and the…

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Hochul, Tonko and Pallozzi. Win, win, win.

Not the easiest way to spend a Tuesday night. I had my TV tuned to MSNBC, and I’m simultaneously doom-scrolling Twitter on my cell phone. Trust me. After all the blather coming from Lee Zeldin about how he would become Governor of New York and put all the MAGA plans in action … I was…

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We need more Hakas in sports.

The Haka, if you’ve never seen it before, is a traditional battle dance and ceremonial greeting of New Zealand’s indigenous Māori. It has evolved into a powerful and compelling symbol of unity and pride among New Zealanders. And for the past 100 years, it’s been part of New Zealand’s sports culture. The New Zealand national…

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The politician who desecrated Anne Frank’s name.

It is through the written diaries of Anne Frank that we understand the horrors and pain of those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis in World War II. Those people suffered for no reason other than their faith. And for two years, Anne Frank – along with her family and several others –…

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Why I made my Twitter account private.

Twitter has rarely offered me anything of great value. I signed up to it when my blog was over at the Times Union, in that I was encouraged by the TU higher-ups to have a larger social media presence to help promote my blog. Or, in true-speak, to help promote people to visit my blog…

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I prefer my chicken without homophobia, and on Sundays.

I knew it would arrive at some point. The Capital District has suffered from generification for decades – when the locals go crazy for the first appearance of a national chain store or restaurant at the expense of local product. I still remember the crazy-long lines along Route 7 in Latham when the first Sonic…

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