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About That Unique* Weblog

Adjusting to the car culture, dealing with leaving a career I love, and spouting off along the way.

Her Fear and His Goading: The Sandra Bland Arrest

My reaction while watching the video of Sandra Bland’s arrest caught me by surprise. I wept. Ugly wept. I suppose I’ve been thinking about weeping like that since first hearing about her story and seeing hashtags like #IfIDieInPoliceCustody scroll by … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: No Whining

Great fundraising idea, Watchung Deli! Combine it with a swear jar, like the one I just saw at the Groov Cafe on Valley, and we may just have a solution to high taxes. (Not kidding.)

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Rhiannon Giddens: Speak Up, Be Loud

Rhiannon Giddens has had a wide and varied career, and her response to the Charleston murders shows that there is still more talent to explore. She’ll be in Brooklyn on Saturday. I found this video via NPR Music’s First Watch. Please take … Continue reading

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Guns and Domestic Violence Don’t Mix: NJ State Legislation Edition

Real Life is not a Hallmark Film. It’s not a Hollywood action blockbuster. It’s not even a daydream in which you get to be the hero. We know that, right? And yet, there is a persistent fantasy, wholly unconnected to … Continue reading

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War is Hell: Remembering Lidice

War is Hell, no matter how we commemorate the anniversaries. Read about one horrific and sad anniversary here before we celebrate the birthday of the United States of America in two days. Click on the image to view the entirety of … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Miel con Nueces

Now that the Montclair Farmers Market is back in full swing, the crowds are back and the vendors have their complete selection of wares on display. It’s always a thrill to see Tassot Apiaries with their honey sticks and beeswax … Continue reading

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Lift Ev’ry Voice and Shout: 150th Juneteenth

Learn so you can act with conviction, knowledge, passion, confidence, and positivity. Please leave more positive links about Juneteenth in comments. History of Juneteenth via Texas State Historical Association. More history of Juneteenth via Talking Points Memo. An idea of how … Continue reading

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Asking the impossible: respond with anger, hope, justice — Love

The only emotion I refuse to feel in reference to the horrific murders at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC is hopelessness. I refuse to give up and give in. Hopelessness would be an affront to the nine people … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: New Jersey’s State House

If you haven’t been since a 4th grade class trip, or ever, try to make a visit. Trenton could use the love. This photo is of part of the rotunda, filled with portraits of New Jersey leaders I still need … Continue reading

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For Parents: judging each other is totally in our hands and heads

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to judge each other as parents! Actually, it seems like it’s always that time of year. But the end of the school year is especially tough for parents because it’s been a long … Continue reading

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