The Times-Union is closing all blogs to new posts on Feb 5. (I was told some (not mine) violated the rules and staff resources could no longer be devoted to dealing with fallout.)
THIS BLOG — THE RATIONAL OPTIMIST — WILL CONTINUE at its other (and original) site: www.rationaloptimist.wordpress.com
There you can get notice of new posts. Just scroll down on the right and click on the “email subscription” box.