Forty items for the Treasure Chest – and you can contribute, too!

Several of my Facebook friends have shared a picture from an upcoming charity project.  The picture works as such – instead of giving up some pleasurable item for Lent, like sweets or the like … do something charitable that will help others. So I decided to join the project … and am doing my own…

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The new possible Boreas Ponds tract plan…

For the past two years, I’ve visited the breathtaking Boreas Ponds in the Adirondack Mountains.   I’ve hiked the 3 1/2 miles from the Gulf Brook Road parking through the old logging roads, past the LaBier Flow, through more logging roads and old hunting cabins … and then I see it.  That amazing view of the…

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Donald Trump and latrine politics

This is not normal.  Not by any circumstances. But the fact that national newscasters are quoting President Trump’s comments that describe the nation of Haiti and African nations, and quoting him as saying they are “shithole nations” – ugh. Let’s make this clear.  We should not be at the point where I have to hear…

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Chuck’s Best Blog Moments of 2017

Well, wasn’t THIS an interesting year? With new directions and new achievements and new everything, 2017 was a year for my blog like none before. So let’s recap ten moments – great and challenging – from this year in blogging, shall we? And let’s start with…

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He picked for small crumbs on Christmas Day…

The snow came down in big, clumpy, freezing torrents.  Christmas morning.  And he was outside, with no home, no family, no gifts, no compassion, no nothing. He looked around.  Christmas was everywhere … festive lights strung on house porches, loads of parked cars in front of family dwellings, the sounds of children laughing and cheering,…

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Ringo Starr does NOT support Roy Moore’s campaign

Every time I think that people can’t be any stupider … nature proves me wrong. And when I find out that part of the nature involves the word “Breitbart” – well, you tell me. Yesterday, Breitbart editor Joel Pollak was interviewed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about the Alabama senatorial campaign between Democratic nominee Doug Jones…

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How to circumvent the Times Union’s website paywall

Even though I don’t blog for the Times Union any more, I still have a tendency to read articles on the TU’s website, as well as read blogs by several of my community blogging friends. That being said, the Times Union has currently implemented a free article limit on their site.  You can only read…

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It’s official… it’s not just a river in Brazil.

The other day, while I was vacuuming my apartment, I realized that I really need to clean out my vacuum’s dirt collection tray.  Not only that, but the HEPA filter inside looked like it had picked up Chewbacca and a couple of Tribbles.  Urgh. Now normally, I would schlep to Walmart or to Target or…

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