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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.

Family Photographs from Leslie Granda-Hill at Umbrella Arts

Leslie Granda-Hill is a socially conscious photographer with a long history of helping to bridge gaps in our understanding of the world around us. She has trained her lens on wounded veterans, orphanages, sick children from far away, and many … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Future Plans

“See? That’s why I’m gonna be a mermaid when I grow up.”

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Intimate Live Performance by Felicia Moss: No More Tears

Last night, I was honored to be in the audience of an intimate performance by Felicia Moss-Eaton, cousin to Whitney Houston, at the 73 See Gallery on Pine Street in Montclair. As an utterly secular person with an appreciation for church and … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence Affects the Entire Family

We usually only hear about domestic abuse cases that result in maiming, murder, or public violence and outbursts. We don’t hear about the day-to-day insults, put-downs, hard grabs, shoves, threats, incessant text messages, punches. We don’t hear about the most common form … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Mr. Rogers’ Version of Heaven

We can get overwhelmed by news, events, horrors, anger, emotion. It’s difficult to realize that in the course of human history, we’re actually doing pretty well right now. Well, maybe except for the climate stuff. But we see so much … Continue reading

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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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