Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In the summer of 2007, a few of my colleagues from RPI and I participated in the Susan G. Koman 3-Day, a 60-mile walk to end breast cancer. I had no personal connection to breast cancer, but I was well aware of the statistic – 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer […]

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Quiet, Please

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh! Let’s take a moment of silence to honor our phenomenal public and college libraries, places where silence can, indeed, be golden. As we wrap up finals week here at Maria College, I am made ever-more mindful of the valuable place our campus library is along with all of the other college and public libraries […]

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Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow!

As I sit here on a rainy President’s Day Monday, a local news story has really piqued my interest…and, believe it or not, the story is about hair! Well, not just any old hair, but a lock of hair from none other than the first president of the United States of America—George Washington. As you […]

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Tulips—The Wonder of Them All

I am sure that you have noticed that nature is in bloom again (Excuse me while I grab a tissue!). The grass is greening. The leaves are reappearing on the trees (Excuse me while I sneeze!). The dandelions and daffodils can be seen all around (Excuse me while I dab by tearing eyes!). Oh, yes, […]

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Breathing Lights Exhibit

As you probably know from many of my past blog posts, I am a tried-and-true resident of the wonderful Capital District. I grew up in Albany, attended school (including college) in Albany, and have lived my entire life in the area (25 years in the same house even!!!). This city has so much to offer, and one […]

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Act of Mercy

Reading the local newspaper, the Times Union, last week, I came across a fascinating series of articles by Paul Grondahl, a long-time feature writer for the paper. The articles introduced me to a yearly event in one of Albany’s sister cities—Nijmegen, Netherlands. Nijmegen became one of Albany’s sister cities shortly after World War II due […]

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Pokémon Go

OK…I just can’t avoid the topic for this week’s blog: Pokémon Go. Yikes!!!! Everywhere I turn from Facebook to the TV to the internet, there are stories about this smartphone game that everyone is supposedly playing. Well, almost everyone: I have yet to download Pokémon Go, and I don’t think I am really planning to […]

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Inspired by Nature

With Maria College located in the middle of Albany, NY, we are perfectly situated to do some fascinating exploring of the area around us! We already started some of this exploration in my last two blogs about the historical role of Albany’s Schuyler family during the American Revolution. This time, let’s explore the beautiful mountains around the […]

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Created Equal

I hope that everyone had a fun Fourth of July holiday! As promised in my last blog entry, there is more to share about the story of the Schuyler family which was a significant part of Albany’s past and the formation of the United States of America. Last time, we explored the connection between Alexander Hamilton […]

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Independence Day

Can you believe that July 4th is just around the corner!     In addition to people hosting delicious barbecues or spending the day at a lake or by a pool, July 4th is a day to remember that in 1776 the thirteen colonies, fighting against the British in the American Revolution which started in […]

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