Category Archives: New Jersey

Complete Upheaval: Moving

We moved over six months ago. I wrote this blog post before all the boxes were unpacked and while my right arm was still throbbing. Yeah, moving can do that to you. Moving. We were moving. After 18 terrific years … Continue reading

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A New Stage of Life: Downsizing and Moving

During 2016 I purged a ton (really, a real ton!) of stuff from our Montclair, NJ home of more than 18 years. I was preparing to enter a new stage of life. I downsized in terms of stuff and square footage, … Continue reading

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PNC Arts Center: Rock Legends Chicago & The Doobie Brothers

Last evening my husband Mike and I attended a concert at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. We hadn’t been to a concert there since, I kid you not, college. Guess what? PNC Arts Center hasn’t changed a bit: … Continue reading

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Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds

Do you vegetable garden in raised beds? I do. Over the years I’ve grown vegetables in beds made out of everything from pine boards to bluestone. The beds I’ve raised my organically grown vegetables in over the past 17 or so … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye and Chanticleer Garden

My girlfriend Pat, whom I met when we were studying to become Master Gardeners ten years ago, is one of my best friends. She is relocating out of state after many years of living the Jersey life. To extend our fun and bank … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye and Grounds for Sculpture

My girlfriend Pat, a fellow Master Gardener and one of my best friends, is moving after many years of living in New Jersey. To extend our fun and bank a bunch of new memories, we decided to visit as many “local” N.J. gardens as … Continue reading

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Roses to Rock Gardens: Spring in Montclair NJ

My husband Mike and I have lived in Montclair, N.J. since the mid-1980s. We think our town has some of the most beautiful private gardens in Northern New Jersey. We have an active Garden Club, many resident members of  the Essex … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day: A Perfect Blend of Food, Family and Used Car Stories

On Mother’s Day our two twenty-something children descended on the family home with fistfuls of lovely yellow roses and grocery bags filled with the makings of some really good eats. And the New Jersey “spring” cooperated and gave us a perfect sunny … Continue reading

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Flying the Friendly Skies

The fun began last Thursday morning when my alarm sounded at 5 AM. I was off to fly the friendly skies to Dayton, Ohio and the long-awaited (two years!) Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (EBWW). I’ve already told you about the out-of-control TSA agent I … Continue reading

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TSA Precheck at Liberty International Airport, Terminal B: Out-of-Control TSA Agent

The last three times I’ve flown I’ve had “TSA Pre-check” above my name on my airline ticket, which in my world makes me a rock star. In layman’s terms it means that when I reach the airport’s Transportation Safety Administration … Continue reading

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