How to avoid being a paid blogging shill

My blogging buddy Heather recently opened her Girl Gone Smart blogging platform.  It features book reviews, travel reviews, and life reviews, among other things.  It’s a great site and you should read and visit it often. That being said, apparently she received some shade from a reader who said something to the effect of how…

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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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Preparing for my taxes in the age of Donald Trump

I have a personal tax preparation agent.  The moment I get my tax forms, I race to his place.  We sit at his kitchen table, he sharpens his pencils, he pulls out an old solar-powered calculator, and we go to work.  At some point in time, his pet cat will walk into the kitchen and…

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The Times Union – now only $5 an issue!

One of my blog readers, Bill, contacted me about something the saw – and didn’t expect. “Hi Chuck, Maybe there’s a blog for this. I purchased today’s Times Union mainly because of the Preview Guide. The cover price was printed $5.00! This was in Valatie. The daily price WAS $2.00. I rarely buy it &…

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May as well cancel Valentine’s Day now…

There’s so many wonderful things about Valentine’s Day… Giving your best girl flowers, taking her out to dinner at a fancy restaurant, a nice romantic movie, staring in her eyes, falling in love all over again… And then this news came out. One of the great parts of Valentine’s Day won’t be around this year.…

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My thoughts on THAT Gillette commercial…

If you’ve seen this commercial online yet, you’ve probably also seen the visceral reactions. And there’s plenty of them. First … here’s the commercial in question.  It’s a Gillette commercial that, instead of promoting razor blades and shaving culture, it instead promotes a different idea. Watch and see. Okay. Here’s my thoughts. Gillette has a…

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Goals for 2019… the “Chuck List”

So I have plans for 2019.  Obviously, one of those plans is to finish up my cataract surgery, which will happen today. And after the recovery from the surgery … I have goals for 2019. And those goals – my “Chuck List,” shall we say – include the following.  If I get these goals, then…

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Chuck’s Best Blog Moments of 2018

Wow.  What a year. There were new adventures in my life, new accomplishments, new challenges and new goals.  And as we reach the final day of 2018, I wanted to look back on my year of blogging and review what my blog has accomplished. And the ten biggest stories – including stories that have spanned…

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