Tag Archives: New Jersey

Grandma Day: Thomas Edison!

Try explaining to a five and seven-year old that at one time in life there were no computers and that to take a photograph involved hiding under a heavy, dark canvas and pictures had to be developed. Just try telling … Continue reading

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Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh My!

I was peacefully reading the newspaper, drinking my coffee this morning when a dark shadow appeared across the page. Looking outside the doors leading to the patio, I saw a small black bear in the garden. My first reaction was … Continue reading

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Ban Football: Turn Stadiums into Velodromes

The news that high school football player Evan Murray died shortly after taking a hit during a Friday night game shocked the state and has drawn attention nationwide. The autopsy on the 17- year -old star quarterback revealed he died … Continue reading

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New Jersey Tour de Farm Ride

Last minute we decided to participate in the New Jersey Tour de Farm ride. Scheduled three times in August and September, the routes are designed around farms. Local farms serve as the rest stops and provide tastings of their wares, … 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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Giving Tuesday: Braiding Challahs

For Giving Tuesday I joined 379 other volunteers to help braid 700 challahs that would be donated to needy families. I’ve never baked a challah, or any bread for that matter and the only braiding I’ve done is with yarn … Continue reading

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Football Fumbles

It’s fall. Pumpkins and cider. Foliage and sweaters. And football. While the NFL struggles with its own public relations nightmares— accusations of child abuse and domestic violence, here in New Jersey incidents involving the sport are grabbing headlines. In Sayreville, … Continue reading

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Museum Musings: Dutch Masters & Dinosaur Dung

In between snow shoveling and cross- country skiing, we managed to get to two museums. Each couldn’t have been more different. Friday, we had booked tickets in advance to the Frick Museum’s  blockbuster exhibit, “Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of … Continue reading

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New Jersey’s Young Mayors: James Kern III & Alex Torpey

James Kern III and Alex Torpey have things in common few under 25-year-olds do. As mayors of New Jersey towns, they’re embroiled in the everyday details of local government: trash collection, leaf and snow removal, planning and zoning, public health … Continue reading

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Grounds for Sculpture: A New Jersey Treasure

The sculptures start appearing well before the main gate, dotting abandoned lots, sprouting from sidewalks, accompanying signs. Grounds for Sculpture  offers about 250 works of art—in media hardy enough to withstand the elements – set on more than 40 acres of … Continue reading

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