Category Archives: Musings and Rants

Back Off: What you’re doing is banned by the Marine Mammal Protection Act

This morning during my 8am class, I went to the Elkhorn Slough otter cam set up by seaotters.com and Animal Planet. The students are entertained, or at least act like they are, to stop working for a bit and take … Continue reading

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Seduced by Pinterest into making a succulent table

Anyone else been tricked by Pinterest into making/doing something they’d never thought of before? Continue reading

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I have forgotten how to shop

It was a year ago on July 11 in Paris that I bought a blue shirt with satin ribbon at the neck. Odd perhaps to have such a strong memory of a shirt, but it wasn’t long after that purchase … Continue reading

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No Fear

I was in New York City this past week, “the city” for those in the know and/or those who live in Jersey. I was waiting for the 1 train to head uptown, and it was taking an inordinate amount of … Continue reading

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More Questions Than Answers

I am sitting in my studio apartment in Jersey. I have ignored the handful of kids who pounded on my front door, desperate for Halloween candy. I hadn’t bought any – this isn’t a community or a neighborhood where I … Continue reading

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Print vs. Internet; Books vs. Laptops

But isn’t there something about a book itself? The feel of it? The way you can leave it for others to read, or save it to put on a bookshelf at home? Continue reading

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Every Friday afternoon, I’m reminded why I dislike New Jersey

New Jersey is the most populated state in the country. According to the latest census information, there are 1,134.5 people per square mile here with 8.7 million people in total. And it seems as though all of those people, once … Continue reading

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Money. That’s what we want.

This past week, I came face to face with rampant consumerism. I spent about four hours at the mall as I waited, yet again, for my car to get repaired.  Two floors of stores, a fairly typical spot for America, … Continue reading

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Car Trouble

My car’s check engine light came on last night as I was driving home from work. Of course. Stanley (name of my car) has managed to drive from Kansas to New Jersey, then back and then back again.  I took … Continue reading

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