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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.

Why I Knelt: Honoring the Good and Asking for Better

My friend Adrienne Riofrio recently shared the story of choosing to kneel during the anthem at a sporting event this weekend. It moved me for its honesty, for its vulnerability, and for its example of one way to be an … Continue reading

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Quick List of Halloween Book Treats for Kids

Ages 3-7: ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson This favorite story of a witch, her cat, her broom, and lots of room for friends is a delight. The repetition will make sure children “read along” and get familiar with … Continue reading

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Secret Coders: Robots & Repeats

The SECRET CODERS, a trio of friends diverse in personalities, gender, and ethnicity, are up against Dr. One-Zero once again. This time there is the added drama of finding a clue that may lead to Hopper’s missing dad! This fourth … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Nasty Women

This has been quite a week for me. Not only did I have the honor of meeting Hillary Clinton (!), shaking her hand, and thanking her at a signing for What Happened, I was able to bring my children, two … Continue reading

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Back in the Swing of Things

I am a child of routine. I like knowing where I’m supposed to be and for how long I’m supposed to be there. It’s part of what makes teaching so appealing. Some people are horrified by timed bells; I am … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: In A Heartbeat

It’s been another rough week — already! Take a break and watch this heart-warming short that’s as relatable as it is lovely. This short film is by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, out of the Ringling College of Art + … Continue reading

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Summer Binge Watching Suggestions: Netflix Edition

I love my dark and tortured shows, especially with a strong lean towards science fiction and fantasy. But of late I’ve wanted more light and goofy escapism, meaningful and in-depth social criticism, and I’m always game for period drama when … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Signs of Inclusion & Resistance

Just over six months ago, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Just as I felt compelled to attend the March for Women’s Lives in April of 1992, I felt a real … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Reading Workout

I love when I see my exact thoughts echoed in the wild. In this case, “The Wild” is Watchung Booksellers, and the sentiment is obvious. In case you missed my latest reading recommendations, click here. And #ReadMore!

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New Jersey Day Trip: Hacklebarney State Park

The New Jersey State Parks are open (again) for business! My 8-year old and I wanted to take a hike this week, so I looked up various parks within an hour’s drive, and we settled on Hacklebarney State Park in … Continue reading

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