Category Archives: Excellent Local People

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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Bearing Witness, Declaring Support for Domestic Violence Awareness

Attending a vigil is to be a witness. We listen, we nod, we speak names aloud, we stand in remembrance of those lost. Attending a vigil is to be an advocate. We show support, solidarity, unity with those who survive. … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Work

Two kind, diligent, humble men have been working at my house for the last week. They started out jackhammering concrete, then loading and stacking concrete, then digging and digging and digging. Today they are loading and sorting concrete. Then they’ll … Continue reading

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Support Organizations that Fight Domestic Violence in All Forms

Let’s skip over my own teen years and go straight to the twelve years I spent with other people’s teen years. In my time with other parents’ teenagers, I was in awe of creativity, frustrated by attitude dripping from drawls, … Continue reading

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