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About That Unique* Weblog

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

Looking for a YA Vacation Read? Check out *All Summer Long*

With loving observational style, All Summer Long by Hope Larson captures the insecure wavering that is often felt in the time between childhood and adulthood. Bookended by the end of 7th Grade and the beginning of 8th Grade, and broken up into seven … Continue reading

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Another One: The Reality of Numbness and What To Do and What To Say

After today’s school shooting in Texas, a friend shared that she was disturbed by her lack of emotional reaction to the event. It’s been a cycle that can be played out in shock and denial, horror, anger, helplessness, and throwing … Continue reading

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RBG is an Inspiring and Instructive Must See

The new documentary RBG is a Must See if you believe in The U.S. Constitution, incremental but meaningful forward change that lasts, and the power of focus, love, and laughter. It screened recently as part of The Montclair Film Festival, and … Continue reading

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Review: BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol

Anyone who has tried and failed to fit in during childhood will find something to relate to in Vera Brosgol’s graphic memoir BE PREPARED. The book opens with 9-year old Vera, an eager and hopeful girl, at the perfect birthday … Continue reading

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March for ALL Our Lives

My sign for Newark’s #MarchForOurLives had several names and ages of children killed with firearms in New Jersey. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but I wanted to include a range of places and ages. Please find details, from … Continue reading

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23 Years Ago, in Montclair

In the 90’s, I remember hearing the phrase “Going Postal” used as almost amusing hyperbole when someone seemed a little too upset about what felt like a minor issue. I remember hearing about unbelievable incidents in passing, trying to explain … Continue reading

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I am holding your hand.

I feel like we need to hear this today.  Current public discourse and breaking news and personal tragedies and life stresses and national events and expectations of action and more and more and more, empties our reserves and shreds our … Continue reading

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Review: Don’t Miss *Star Scouts: League of Lasers*

LEAGUE OF LASERS by Mike Lawrence, the sequel to STAR SCOUTS, is not only fun, it builds wonderfully on the characters and situations that were so enjoyable in the first book. The upcoming graphic novel flips back and forth between … Continue reading

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Don’t be like FEMA ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Shrugging and poking fun at authoritarian behavior, clicking on Facebook posts about ICE demanding to see identification on domestic Amtrak trains with an angry emoji and calling it activism, and succumbing to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ over calling and marching isn’t the only unlearned … Continue reading

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Life at 23: Happy Birthday, Trayvon Martin

Million Hoodies launched six years ago in the wake of the racist and horrific murder of Trayvon Martin. Today, what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 23rd birthday, the Million Hoodies NYC chapter launches their #Lifeat23 campaign to honor Trayvon and the lives … Continue reading

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