Category Archives: Volunteering

Volunteering: Are You Really “Too Busy?”

The American philosopher/writer/publisher Elbert Hubbard wrote: “If you want something done, ask a busy person, for the other kind has no time.”  After our youngest went off to college I took a hiatus from big-time volunteering, which I had done … Continue reading

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N.J. Tree Foundation: Another Montclair, N.J. Public School Benefits!

Today was an exciting day in my gardening life! As a long-time gardener, Master Gardener and Montclair, N.J. public school volunteer, I’ve coordinated a number of beautification projects at our schools over the years. Montclair High School (MHS) is where … Continue reading

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Mission Control: Reflections on 2011

Let’s start the New Year off gently; let’s be kind to ourselves, okay? Make a list of what you accomplished in 2011. Why? Because if you’re like me, you don’t focus enough on the things you accomplish; you only “see” … Continue reading

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It’s Wednesday? Where Am I?

My senior year of high school is flying by! Okay, my daughter Tory’s senior year is flying by! I’m moving at breakneck speed to stay even with her activities and ‘lasts!’ I don’t want to miss a minute of the … Continue reading

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A Couple’s Life Together, the Condensed Version

Our 30th Wedding Anniversary Thirty years ago today my husband Mike and I got married.  Thirty years ago we were in our early twenties and I walked down the long aisle of Immaculate Conception Church and met my future husband … Continue reading

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Day 5 Bonita Springs, FL: Farewell for Now to Betsy and Phil

Dig Pink, Side-Out Foundation Fund Raising Event <Sigh> My sister-in-law Betsy and her husband Phil winged their way back to NJ today. My husband Mike and I will miss them. They are easy, fun and just plain nice to be … Continue reading

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Baking Muffins, Prepping Fruit Salad, & Packing the Truck

What I Did on Friday to Get Ready for Saturday On Friday, I was prepping for my daughter Tory’s high school volleyball team’s kickoff breakfast, which I was coordinating. I baked three kinds of muffins: 5 dozen regular-size muffins and … Continue reading

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The Son Returns

“Now What?” You Ask. Our son Max has returned from Big Ten College for the summer. Yes. I drove out on Wednesday and brought him and his things home on Thursday. In the little more than 24 hours he’s been … Continue reading

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A Low-Maintenance Indoor Garden

Add a Little Silk Hopefully our local 9th graders will think that their cafeteria is a bit more beautiful and serene with the indoor planter beds now filled with tall green bamboo. That was my goal anyway. The indoor garden … Continue reading

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Volunteering

Just Say No? When I stopped working full time for a salary I promised I’d give back to my community in my spare time since I figured I’d have more spare time because I wouldn’t be working full time. I … Continue reading

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