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Highland Park Earth Day

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Jason and I had a lovely time at Highland Park's Earth Day celebration at the Eugene Young Environmental Center. It was so nice to have a warm, spring day so we could there!

2018 NJ March for Science

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On April 14, we took to the streets of Trenton, NJ, along with thousands of people across the nation, to send a message to the United States government: Science, not Silence!

Review: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

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You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I read one self-help book a year. It's nice to both, A. get some tips and pep talk, and B. roll my eyes at the usual embedded nonsense. This book, which is largely indistinguishable from any other "tough big sister" style of self-help book, has a few half-smile moments and a neat title, but is just as quacky as the rest. It does have some fatal flaws..

A. A lot of quasi-spirituality. Harmonize with the universe by changing your frequency. Silly, but translatable, so forgivable.

B. Ths author thinks depression is a buckshot excuse (a story) we tell ourselves that we get off on... Depression. "When you feel awful you don't have to work hard (among other things). It gets you attention. Gives you something to talk about, and allows you not to try too hard. Gives us permission to drink beer in the morning." "Just s…

Review: Arrow Vol. 1

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Arrow Vol. 1 by Marc Guggenheim
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Clearly meant to be a show tie-in without any real standing power on its own. Some of the stories had good roots, but none of them had enough breadth to really cement a storyline. They simply tried to put too-many threads into one package. They introduce a bunch of characters and have some good backstory, but everything else just feels rushed. I'm hoping that, with that out of their system, the next volume has some storyline to follow. Or at least, a complete story in each issue of the volume.

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Review: The Color Purple

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No Wonder it's taught in Schools.

Though I chose this book as a reread, having read it in high school. However, once I started reading it I realized I didn't actually remember it at all. It was a nice surprise. Not only are the characters believable but they're written in such a way that can make you deeply empathetic towards them. Though I've never suffered many of the struggles or in justices of the characters in the book I can relate to some of the stronger motivations in Celie. Seeing her change through the book as much as her core values stay the same while this whole Pantheon of people grow and change around her made for a story that kept you wanting to keep reading. And it wasn't too predictable. At the end I really did wonder if she was going to reunite with her sister or not and I don't think I would have been surprised either way.

I found it interesting that comma though I know I was taught …

Boca Ballet: La Sylphide

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TLDR: I was disappointed to find out the ballet was performed by a school, at a local high school, but the show and dancers turned out to be lovely! So happy I went!

Last week I heard about the ballet La Sylphide, to be performed in Boca Raton on a day my husband was away on work. On those days I like to treat myself to the arts, since he's not interested in dance, opera, or classical music. I went ahead and bought the tickets (honestly I was intrigued by the thought of a ballet in kilts!) Though I went to university in Boca, I didn't get around much, so I recognized the name "Countess de Hoernle Theatre" as sharing a name with the large public park (and its small, lovely conservation area). It's really the name of the local high school's auditorium. Nope, not an arts school, like Dreyfoos, just a regular high school, with a significant patron. The auditorium was as you might expect, a bit dirty and shabby, and the seats are not especially sloped, so for the …

2017 Hatsume Fair - Morikami

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Shane and I made our annual visit to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens' Hatsume Fair for spring!

We got there early this year, as in 20 minutes before it opened. Last year, we stood in line for an hour, just to have the "newcomer" line and the "been here an hour line" get merged. It was stressful, and getting there early made such a huge difference. We were able to go into the main entrance right as it opened, and there was really no line. We got our Japanese Mix Mochi balls right away, because last year they ran out! These delicious ice cream balls wrapped in rice gelatin and powdered with sweet rice flour, always a highlight for me.