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Ann Morrow

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Ann Morrow

The Local Bucket List

by Ann Morrow September 3, 2015

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  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 ...

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No Home for Foam

by Ann Morrow August 27, 2015

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  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 ...

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Invasion of the Blacklegged Ticks

by Ann Morrow August 13, 2015

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  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 ...

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Taking the Waters

by Ann Morrow August 6, 2015

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  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 ...

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A Study in Mortality

by Ann Morrow August 6, 2015

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  “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 ...

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An Artist’s Life

by Ann Morrow July 30, 2015

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  “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 ...

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Mental Liberation Movement

by Ann Morrow July 16, 2015

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  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 ...

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Hearts Beat Faintly

by Ann Morrow July 16, 2015

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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, ...

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Love Among the Floribundas

by Ann Morrow July 9, 2015

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  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. ...

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A Collar and a Dream

by Ann Morrow July 2, 2015

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  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 ...

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Riverside Revival

by Ann Morrow June 25, 2015

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  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 ...

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Playland

by Ann Morrow June 17, 2015

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  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 ...

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All About Yves

by Ann Morrow June 11, 2015

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  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 ...

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Moving Backwards

by Ann Morrow June 11, 2015

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Pretty, Lifeless

by Ann Morrow May 28, 2015

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  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 ...

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The Neighborhood Lives On

by Ann Morrow May 28, 2015

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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 ...

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The Baker as Artisan

by Ann Morrow May 21, 2015

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  “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 ...

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Living on a Prayer

by Ann Morrow May 21, 2015

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  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 ...

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Maxed Out

by Ann Morrow May 21, 2015

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  Take out the Mad Max part of the title and Mad Max: Fury Road might not be so infuriating. In this feverishly crazed reboot, there is a character named Max but he’s a wan facsimile ...

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Snake Oil Salesmen

by Ann Morrow May 14, 2015

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  The moniker “spin doctor” is a completely inadequate a term for the brazen deceit of the wielders of press and publicity in Merchants of Doubt, a documentary on how (and why) corporations misinform the American ...

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Mixed Blessing?

by Ann Morrow May 9, 2015

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  For a place of serenity tucked away in one of Albany’s oldest and most secluded areas, Kenwood Convent has had a turbulent time this last decade. The religious complex, home to the Society of the ...

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Small But Harmful

by Ann Morrow May 7, 2015

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  Microbeads are those tiny balls of plastic (and chemicals) that are found in hundreds of personal-care products such as face scrubs and body washes. They seem harmless enough, and are popular for softening skin by ...

Ancient Artistry

by Ann Morrow May 1, 2015

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  The portrait of a grieving angel has the surface cracks and warm patina of an artwork from antiquity, but it’s not—in fact, this angel with the lemon-yellow hair is a very new work, created by ...

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The Place Beyond the Known

by Ann Morrow February 26, 2015

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  White Creek, filmed in Salem in upstate New York, is a place, but whether it exists on this plane of existence, or another, is up to the viewer. Though it appears to be set in ...