Category Archives: Suburban Life

A Place to Rest on The Walk Home

Soon after moving to Montclair, I vowed to continue the “walking culture” that I had leaned on in Brooklyn. Walking to errands, walking to say hello to neighbors, walking to pick up a slice of pizza, walking to get fresh … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Chalk on Pine Street

There was a time when I would have been mortified to have my gleaming white legs and unkempt hair captured in a photograph. Over the years, I’ve become adept at slinking off to the side of the frame or staying … Continue reading

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Review: VERY NICE by Marcy Dermansky

Marcy Dermansky’s saucy and enticing novel, VERY NICE, is a tangled web of longing, lazing, and attempted adulting. With five narrators, none of which fits the traditional mold of likeable or hero, the plot moves forward with passionate detail and … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Repeat!!! Repeat.

Good advice from outside 23 Skiddoo. Take it several times a day. 23 Skiddoo in Bloomfield has fantastic hot drinks, a comfortable room with lots of seating, and a laidback and open atmosphere.

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Glad I Saw It: Elf on the Sidewalk

It would have been fun enough to simply happen upon a larger-than-life-sized Elf being hoisted up to the roof of a downtown building. But when a life-sized Elf gets out of an SUV and is just as excited as you … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Bench Trimmed in Green

There are several memorial benches around Brookdale Park. Some have pithy sayings, and some are more simple. This bench, overlooking the meadow, has been lovingly trimmed in greenery for the season. It is lovely, and it made me smile.  It … 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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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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Glad I Saw It: Fog and Sunlight

Sunday morning started early with a dog that wanted to get outside and a daughter who decided reading in bed was better than sleeping late. I decided to walk to the bagel store instead of drive, and happily my 8-year … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Raindrops on Roses

The post-thunderstorm morning today was irresistible, so I took the dog and headed to Brookdale Park. If you heard someone singing a poorly tuned version of “My Favorite Things” in the Essex County Community Rose Garden, that was me. There … Continue reading

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