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Edna St. Vincent Millay: Happy 125th Birthday!

A couple college friends and I decided to visit the home and gardens of famous poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, in Austerlitz, NY. We were eager to find out whether the rumors we’d heard about her – that she jumped … Continue reading

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New Jersey Pump Our Own Gas? Forget About It!

There are many wonderful things about living in New Jersey. From where I live, I can get to the beach, the forests, or New York City in under an hour drive. I’m about 20 minutes to an international airport too. … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan & Harper Lee: Forever Young

One usually doesn’t include Bob Dylan and Harper Lee in the same sentence. This week, however, the two icons made news, capturing the attention of fans and pundits. First, Dylan, 73, released his latest album, Shadows in the Night,  a collection … Continue reading

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Finding Sugarman: Rodriguez!

We made our way to our seats, noticing that we were neither the oldest nor the youngest in the crowd that quickly filled Barclays Center, the new home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Too early in the season for basketball, … Continue reading

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Gravity: Clooney/Bullock Film Thrills, Dosen’t Inspire

Does it take a movie to make us care about space? Gravity, stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as NASA astronauts who become untethered from their damaged space shuttle.  Clooney provides levity in a situation that seems doomed.  The views … Continue reading

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Big Fish: Big Show! Dream Bigger!

A mermaid, a witch, a giant.  Dancing elephants and a human cannonball. The stuff of fantasy tales.  A traveling salesman from a small town in Alabama who tells his son crazy stories. The son who doesn’t know what’s real or … Continue reading

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Dazzling Blue & Tangerine Tango

It’s that time when the  folks at Pantone decide what the new hit color will be for the following year, sending designers to their drawing boards, retailers to restock  shelves and consumers to toss anything not in the new hue. … Continue reading

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Birthdays! Babies! & New York City!

It’s been a busy week—royal baby in the UK arrived on my mother’s 83rd birthday  and the following morning our 4th grandchild,  and 3rd grandson was born, weighing in at 8lb. 4.oz.        He’ll be named tomorrow after … Continue reading

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New York Public Library: Why Children’s Books Matter

Children’s books are important. Any parent, teacher, librarian, children’s book author, and child can vouch for the role good literature plays in creating lifelong readers and shaping young lives. The exhibit The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter at … Continue reading

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Graduates: Show Courage

It’s graduation season and with that, commencement speeches. Two recent speeches have resonated with me so far this spring. President Obama, addressing the Atlanta, Georgia- based Morehouse College, a historically all-black male school founded after the Civil War, invoked Dr. … Continue reading

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