Category Archives: Excellent Local People

Glad I Saw It: I See You

It’s a few weeks into the school year, and for many students it feels like class and friends and expectations are getting settled. For other kids and their families there are stubborn wrinkles in academic and social circles that cause … Continue reading

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No Peace of Mind at the Trader Joe’s

Who can measure the despair and sorrow of an innocent caught in the tangle of a heartless throw-away text? I can be quite literal at times. Perhaps it comes from being all too sincere and dewy-eyed in a cynical world … Continue reading

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What is Love?

I can’t wait to see how she turns out.

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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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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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PARCCing in Moderation: A Discussion

My friend Eugene Stern, who is pretty good with Mathematics and stuff, asked me to have a public discussion about some of the issues surrounding the Common Core and PARCC. In our neck of the woods, it feels like there are … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Style

I’m extremely grateful to people who have an eye for style. I definitely don’t have it. And I’m okay with that. But it sure is nice to stumble into spaces created by people with the kind of style I’d like … Continue reading

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Make Art Like No One Is Watching

I recently took a drawing class with the Bloomfield Art League, and it was so much fun. I’ve always been a joyful, but simplistic, artist – lots of smiley faces and stick figures with wild hair. The class I took … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Curiosity and Art

We were waiting at a local barber shop as my son was getting a close-cropped cut, when my daughter tugged at my sleeve and pointed towards the door. A man was sitting near the front, by the door, and he had … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: Joy of Giving

This video has gotten a lot of play, but it’s worth another share. Narayanan Krishnan, as a part of the CNN Heroes: Everyday People Changing the World series, shares how his life has become about giving to others. I appreciate that … Continue reading

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