Log In Registration

Ann Morrow

Email: morrow.ann@gmail.com

Ann Morrow

Fracked Gas By the Lake?

by Ann Morrow October 29, 2015


  The eagles are back. After an absence of about 50 years, residents of the Burden Lake neighborhood in Rensselaer County have reported that a few years ago, American bald eagles, a threatened species, began returning ...

1 comment

The Spy Who Liked Me

by Ann Morrow October 22, 2015


  There is very little spycraft in Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg’s latest war drama, and since the setting is the Cold War, there is more bluffing and feinting than battling—though its few action sequences are ...

The Nightmare Maker

by Ann Morrow October 8, 2015


  “Don’t burn me!” shrieked the victim writhing on a torch-lit altar. As the flames leaped higher, revealing vulture wings and severed heads on poles, the witch cracked her whip—and then slithered over the side of ...

0 comments Field of Horrors

Leaving the Job Unfinished?

by Ann Morrow October 1, 2015


  General Electric is at the finish line of its sixth and final season of dredging the upper Hudson River for PCPs—and some river community residents are stating that the job isn’t done. About 200 miles ...


Makin’ It With the Chick Peas

by Ann Morrow September 24, 2015

Jennifer Rittner-Paniccia of 3 Chicks and a P

  “I do love eating hummus," says Jennifer Rittner-Paniccia (pictured) with enthusiasm. And that's how her small-batch hummus business, 3 Chicks and P, began. Featuring a rotating menu of 15 tahini-free flavors made with locally grown ...


Of Artistry and Memory

by Ann Morrow September 10, 2015


  When Regina Borysiewicz was a child in Poland, her father had a German Shepherd dog named Bryton. In 1940, in the middle of the night, the Borysiewicz family was abducted by the Soviet army for ...


The Local Bucket List

by Ann Morrow September 3, 2015


  No need to spend all your free time partying, because, though you may not know it yet ye college freshmen (and upper classmen who haven’t ventured beyond the student bars), the Capital Region has lots ...


No Home for Foam

by Ann Morrow August 27, 2015


  On July 1, New York City’s ban on single-use foam plastic—mostly those ubiquitous polystyrene (popularly, but incorrectly, called Styrofoam) cups, plates, and take-out containers—went into effect, making it the largest locality in the country to ...


Invasion of the Blacklegged Ticks

by Ann Morrow August 13, 2015


  You don’t see them, but they’re out there. This invasion, the fast-growing infectious disease in the country, is epidemic in the counties of the Hudson Valley, and recently spread north to Saratoga. The invaders are the ...

1 comment

Taking the Waters

by Ann Morrow August 6, 2015


  Several years before Gideon Putnam was even born, an ailing French soldier from Fort Carillon was carried by litter by Native Americans to a sacred spring they called Serachtague, “place of swift waters”—later anglicized to ...


A Study in Mortality

by Ann Morrow August 6, 2015


  “The deerstalker? I’ve never worn one.” So says Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), and he would know. His Japanese host (Hiroyuki Sanada) is disappointed to learn that the most beloved facts about the famous sleuth (no ...


An Artist’s Life

by Ann Morrow July 30, 2015


  “Bugs inspire me. Women inspire me. And flowers, and art supplies.” Those might sound like off-the-wall muses for an artist influenced by the old masters of the Renaissance, but for Jon Christopher Gernon, the result ...

1 comment

Mental Liberation Movement

by Ann Morrow July 16, 2015


  It was Bastille Day on Monday (July 13) at the New York State Office of Mental Health in Albany, but nobody was waving a French flag. Instead, members of the Mental Patients Liberation Alliance were ...


Hearts Beat Faintly

by Ann Morrow July 16, 2015


Adapted from Vera Brittain’s much-admired, best-selling memoir of World War I, Testament of Youth should be better than it is. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander plays Vera with a flawless British accent and impeccable, lip-trembling emotion, ...

Love Among the Floribundas

by Ann Morrow July 9, 2015


  Louis XIV, the Sun King, who made absolute monarchy a divine right, is getting older. And his new palace at Versailles has been under construction for ages, and still isn’t worthy of his absolute divineness. ...

A Collar and a Dream

by Ann Morrow July 2, 2015


  Based on a collars-and-cuffs company in Troy and penned by one of the greatest wits in American theater, Helen of Troy, New York is a 1923 musical comedy that spoofs the city’s collar industry—while giving ...

Riverside Revival

by Ann Morrow June 25, 2015


  It’s not unusual for abandoned but well-designed old structures to settle into a decayed beauty, and an appreciation for weathering and other marks of the march of time has become a design statement that embraces ...

1 comment


by Ann Morrow June 17, 2015


  The train is at the station, ready to ride. That train is the much-loved No. 99, with its red cab-car emblazoned “Hoffman’s Playland.” No. 99 is no longer at Hoffman’s Playland in Latham, which closed ...

All About Yves

by Ann Morrow June 11, 2015


  Yves Saint Laurent was one of the brightest stars of fashion for most of the 1970s; among his era-defining designs were the Mondrian dress and safari suit. The glamour of his high fashion demi-monde makes ...

Moving Backwards

by Ann Morrow June 11, 2015


In the past year, New York communities received $70 million in funding for 68 bike, pedestrian, and trail projects across the state. In the Capital Region, with its many historic and scenic trails that attract ...

Wide Awake Summer Reading

by Ann Morrow June 6, 2015

  These are not read-at-the-beach books, simply because they are too hard to put down, and also because the writing styles of both authors deserve sustained attention. Joyce Carol Oates, a multiple Pulitzer-Prize nominee, often writes ...

Pretty, Lifeless

by Ann Morrow May 28, 2015


  In Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s staid take on Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd, farmer Oak, the sheepherder who falls in love with willful Bathsheba Everdene, does not utter his famous lines of ...

The Neighborhood Lives On

by Ann Morrow May 28, 2015


Pinned to Mary Paley’s denim jacket is a prized possession: a medal representing a Sicilian-American society for “the Black Madonna,” Maria del Tindari. The South End had several such societies, and a three-day street festival ...

1 comment Grand Street Community Arts

The Baker as Artisan

by Ann Morrow May 21, 2015


  “We do everything differently here,” says Naomi Davies, the owner-baker of Bread and Honey café in Pine Hills. “We are the only bakery doing artisan bread in Albany.” One look at the counters in the ...

1 comment

Living on a Prayer

by Ann Morrow May 21, 2015


  In a previous century, the corner of North Pearl and Colonie streets in Albany looked like a scene from the English countryside, with a stone church, an adjacent chapel with a belle-cote cross reaching to ...