Category Archives: Excellent Local People

Glad I Saw It: Work

Two kind, diligent, humble men have been working at my house for the last week. They started out jackhammering concrete, then loading and stacking concrete, then digging and digging and digging. Today they are loading and sorting concrete. Then they’ll … Continue reading

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Support Organizations that Fight Domestic Violence in All Forms

Let’s skip over my own teen years and go straight to the twelve years I spent with other people’s teen years. In my time with other parents’ teenagers, I was in awe of creativity, frustrated by attitude dripping from drawls, … Continue reading

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David’s Shoes: A Mother Honors Her Son’s Life

I first met Elaine Lane a year or so ago, and I was moved to see her gently unpacking dozens of pairs of shoes and set them carefully, protectively out for display. Each pair of shoes represented one of the … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Bricks for Mischa

Last Friday my children and I attended a small ceremony in Watchung Plaza to honor the memory of those lost in the Montclair post office shooting 19 years ago. There were eight of us there, including the pastor and the … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Dad’s Pie at Manny’s Diner

My family had a very busy weekend, and we decided that a diner was exactly what the Daddy ordered for dinner on Sunday. Our foursome was exhausted from the day as well as daylight savings; 7 PM was already late … Continue reading

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Re-Rejected and it Feels…okay

Apparently, the Listen to Your Mother auditions are all hush-hush. I didn’t hear a whispered semi-reference to auditioning for the North Jersey show anywhere on Twitter or Facebook or through text. No one was talking! Except for me. Also, if … Continue reading

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Panties and Knee-Highs Needed. New Only, Please!

It’s one thing if you hate to shop and wait until the holes in your L7s from Costco create interesting performance art pieces as you go about your day. It’s entirely another when you don’t have the choice to pick … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: {verdigreen}

I finally got a chance to stop in to the wonderful {verdigreen} at 182 Glenridge Avenue in Montclair. It’s the brick & mortar reincarnation of Azie Shelhorse’s etsy shop. I met Azie in the spring, because our kids were taking … Continue reading

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Gift Idea: Prints from Justin Canha — an Artist with Autism

For my daughter’s birthday, she was allowed to choose a print from local artist Justin Canha. True to form, she chose the pinkest, ballerina-est print there was. I’ll admit attempting to steer her towards my favorite, the space-themed print. But … Continue reading

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The Closest I’ve Been to Meditating

I’ve always wanted a fire pit. I love camping, and sitting at a fire, either with friends or alone, has been the closest I’ve ever come to meditating. Watching a campfire is hypnotic, isn’t it? My sister’s house has a … Continue reading

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