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Vanilla Spice

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 12, 2015


  It can be a grand disappointment for many folks whose sexual interests run to the vanilla to hear that a promising romantic prospect spends time in the BDSM world. They tend to fear that said ...

Alone Time

by Ali Hibbs February 12, 2015


  I have a history of subjugating myself to my romantic relationships. This has never ended well. Even those who know me best will probably find this little nugget of personal information somewhat astonishing. I think I’m ...

Stall Tactics

by Jessica Sidman February 12, 2015


  Source: Washington City Paper (Editor’s preface: It may not have been a daily or even weekly occurance, but the scene was familiar enough to anyone who has spent a lot of time in restaurants and nightspots. ...

I Can Almost Taste It

by Caroline Barrett February 5, 2015


  Allow me if you will, a moment or two to brag. It's not the usual brag, nothing to do with kids and how well someone did on a math test or an incredible save at ...

Andrew Cuomo: Report Card Shark

by Travis Durfee February 5, 2015


  It was a cautionary tale, and I learned it in school. Technically, I learned the lesson in NYC at the South Street Seaport, but it was a field trip with my high school Spanish Club that ...

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Through My Stomach to My Heart

by The Staff February 5, 2015


  Family tradition is Krause's Candy for each and every holiday or special occasion. When someone knows enough to go there for me I always feel special. When they know to get dark chocolate almond bark ...

I Always Told You To Eat Right

by Caroline Barrett January 29, 2015


  I love going to weddings. There's the festive spirit and the promise and joy in the couple as they exchange vows. I love sharing good food and drink and toasting the couple again and again. ...

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The Day Is Ours

by The Staff January 29, 2015


  Elizabeth and Erik Harris Photo by JBD Photography (Jacyln Damiano) How We Met  Elizabeth: My husband Erik and I have known each other since we were young children—our sisters were best friends! The Proposal Erik and I dated for 12 ...

Get Me To the Barn On Time

by Ann Morrow January 29, 2015


  There is a boom in barn weddings and other “unexpected venues” driven by the sturdy design trend of rustic, and it goes from rustic chic to rustic industrial. This roughhewn style has swept up wedding ...

The Silent Cure

by Erika Fredrickson January 22, 2015


  In 2007, Walt Peschel, a retired doctor and proprietor of an apartment complex in Missoula, Mont., heard that one of his tenants had overdosed on pills and was in severe distress. When he approached the ...

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Band of Broaders

by Paul Rapp January 22, 2015


  All kinds of fun on the broadband front. Finally, we’re seeing some leadership that understands the need for real and affordable high-speed Internet, as a basic human right, as a public-safety necessity, as an economic ...

State of the Protest

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015


  “I wasn’t read my rights or told [what the charges were],” Masai Andrews told friends on Facebook yesterday after being released by Albany Police following his arrest at a protest against police violence in the ...

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Out of the Cold and Into the Kitchen

by Caroline Barrett January 15, 2015


  There I stood, alone and in the dark. The sky wasn't even a tiny shade lighter than black, not yet. Streetlights glowed, illuminating the blowing snow. I worked one ankle, twisting and loosening it up, ...

Get Loose, Get Comforted

by B.A. Nilsson January 15, 2015


  Marguerite Gautier sported a white camellia when she was available to lease her love and a red one when she wasn’t. The heroine of Alexandre Dumas’ Lady of the Camellias put these lovely blooms to ...

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In Sickness, Returning to Health

by Ali Hibbs January 15, 2015


  For Christmas this year I got books, a new laptop, a trip to Victoria’s Secret, a tea stand . . . and diabetes. I got diabetes for Christmas. I’ve actually really had it for several months. When ...


Jersey Boys

by The Staff January 8, 2015


  The smash Broadway musical about the Four Seasons returns to town this week, and we can’t say we’re surprised. Jersey Boys is a fast-paced, cleverly structured and wildly entertaining show that captures the spirit and ...


In Darkness We Trust

by Ann Morrow January 8, 2015


  Skyglow may sound like a pretty phenomenon, but it’s not: It’s the light pollution from outdoor lighting, and it causes a range of problems, from interfering with bird migrations to disrupting the circadian rhythms of ...

Thinker, Orator, Leader

by Eric Alterman January 8, 2015


  Copyright © 2015 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global When the Democratic convention was held in San Francisco (a city hit particularly hard by AIDS) in July 1984, all of the different currents of liberal protest came ...

Best of Theater 2014

by James Yeara December 31, 2014


  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare & Company Outgoing Artistic Director Tony Simotes ends his reign on a high note with his New Orleans-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s indestructible comedy finds new depths with the “acto-muso” ...

The Year in Review

by The Staff December 31, 2014


  Obamacare is a success You won’t hear this on Fox News, but the Affordable Care Act—the dreaded “Obamacare” of so many right-wing screeds—is working. Millions who were never covered now have health insurance. Bloomberg News reported ...

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Gone But Not Forgotten

by The Staff December 31, 2014


  Mario M. Cuomo Ben Bradlee, Maya Angelou, Pete Seeger, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nadine Gordimer, Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Mike Nichols, Billie Whitelaw, James Brady, Joan Rivers, Shirley Temple Black, ...

Local Heroes

by The Staff December 24, 2014

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  Peaceful Acres Horses Strawberry is an orphaned filly who was rescued from a cruel owner. Her belly is still distended from parasites and her fur is course and patchy from malnutrition, but she is on the ...

Warped Dreams

by Laura Leon December 24, 2014


  Bring a warm scarf to Foxcatcher regardless of which theater you see it in, because it’s impossible not to develop a deep chill watching this strange, intense elegy about the darkness of the soul and ...

Buses and Butterflies

by Ali Hibbs December 24, 2014


  The Capital District Transportation Authority and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission have teamed up to begin offering access to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, one of only approximately 20 remaining pitch pine scrub oak ...

Economic Investments

by Ann Morrow December 18, 2014


  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Thursday (Dec.11) that $709.2 million in economic and community funding has been awarded in the fourth annual Regional Economic Development Council awards. The Finger Lakes Region and the Southern Tier ...