Is now a good time?

Credit: Bob Makoff - The New Yorker

Credit: Bob Makoff – The New Yorker

Is now a good time?” If asked this, some of us might feel our inner resistance rising up like an emotional tsunami, ready to wipe out the coastline of possibility. At this time of year it is not unusual for me to have my mouth poised to say no to all sorts of things. That is why the New Yorker cartoon that you see is a perennial favorite of mine, because never always seems to be an option. Except for when it’s not.

But now is the time – right? No time like the present! It is a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year… Ugh, I feel the earthquake that precipitates the aforementioned tsunami, I can see the wall of water about to wash over me. Except, it exists only in my mind, and for once, I have to Continue reading

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There will still be bread, just from a new oven.

I don’t know about you, but I loathe moving. As it happens, I am moving today… This place is actually great, and I did spend so much time trying to get it going in WordPress, but now the blog will be published at the Times Union website. I guess it is a good thing that I did learn WordPress after all!

In any case, if you are here, chances are that you know me, so this post will be redundant to you in some ways. Feel free to keep on reading if you wish.

There is an element of bittersweet going on here, but I am very pleased to have the larger platform to blog from. When Mike Huber, the interactive audience manager and overall boss o’ the bloggers there contacted me, I was a bit shocked! It took me a day to sort out the pros and cons, and I feel great that about making the move.  I do hope that if you are reading this, you will come over and read at the Times Union blog pages as well.

The comments are all moderated; it is a newspaper blog, so that has to be the policy. Please be patient as I moderate them.  And the aforementioned Mike won’t like it if things get ugly… and neither will I, so let’s keep that in mind.

In any case, here we go…. 3…2…1…

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Hello Times Union blog readers! I’d like to introduce myself to you today. My name is Fran Rossi Szpylczyn, I’m a long-time blogger who is new to the TU blogs, and looking forward to connecting with you via these pages. I am so pleased to be here; what a privilege it is to be part of the expansive company of Times Union bloggers.

So, who am I?

I live in Clifton Park with my husband Mark Szpylczyn and my stepdaughter Erica. We have a dog and a cat who like to ignore each other, which is a good thing! Born in the Bronx, I grew up in White Plains, NY and spent most of my life in the New York City area. The bulk of my work life was spent working Continue reading