Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts

Ten Years!

Monday, September 9, 2019 / Leave a Comment
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Ten years ago today I started this blog. Happy Anniversary to me! 

So much has happened in those ten years. I got married. My mother died. I have become a fierce political activist because the current political situation is untenable. Not just in the United States, but the entire world.

I have recently been going through very old posts and WOW it is very clear that I didn’t have a clue about blogging or photography! I used to keep these posts up because I wanted to see how far I’d come but not anymore. I am embarrassed by them. 

So I have been deleting old posts with the worst photography and also the kind of posts that say: “I’ve been too busy to post but I’ll be back soon!” when in reality I was just too lazy to post! 

So many of the original photos have been ruined by the Great Photobucket Purge. They were originally removed by Photobucket, but then suddenly added back by Photobucket with huge, ugly watermarks on them. 

So I am still very slowly replacing some of the better ones. However, I have deleted over FIFTY posts! I can’t be bothered to replace the old watermarked posts with really bad photography anyway. However, I HAVE made PDFs of them with FireShot and also put the PDFs on flash drives. Now I can shudder over them in private.

So even though I did plan to stop posting here, I am fixing old posts, deleting some, and will update some others and post those HERE. 

I also have bunches of photographs that I have never posted and those will eventully be posted on my current blog, The Literary Lioness

Stay tuned!

The Brainy Borough: Metuchen

Sunday, June 22, 2014 / 14 comments
Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Metuchen, NJ Post Office, Brainy Boro Station


As I wrote in my post about Lake Hiawatha, many New Jersey town names are derived from Native American words. 

For example, the very nice borough (sometimes spelled "boro") of Metuchen is named for the Indian chief Metuching.

Metuchen is located in Middlesex County, completely surrounded by the much larger Edison Township, like a hole in a doughnut.

Just about 100 years ago, Metuchen had many intellectuals living and working in the town. The prosperous community of Glen Ridge had many intellectuals of their own and they decided that they were obviously a smarter town and they would claim bragging rights to the title. 

Metuchen responded to the challenge, and had a contest with Glen Ridge to decide which was the “brainy boro.” Metuchen won, and the name has stuck. Metuchen has never forgotten this, and has been bragging about this for the last century. 

To prove this, here are some links: 


Metuchen used its smarts to claim the title of The Brainy Borough


Metuchen: The Brainy Borough's 'Overnight' Success


Metuchen Living: People Events and Places in the Brainy Boro: Co-Working in the Brainy Boro 

Recently, there was a vaguely worried article on about Metuchen’s downtown area, although the author assured readers that “plenty of people have moved to the Brainy Borough because they liked its vibrant, walkable downtown." 

Not to worry. Not only is the official motto of the town “The Official Brainy Borough” but one of the two post office branches is still called the “Brainy Boro Station.”

Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Brainy Boro Station, Metuchen, NJ Post Office
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The Newark Cherry Blossoms Are Getting Near the Peak Season

Thursday, April 24, 2014 / 20 comments
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The cherry blossoms trees in Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey are starting to get near their peak. They were delayed because of the long, cold winter.

The Cherry Blossoms Are Finally Blooming!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 / 22 comments
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Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey has more cherry trees than Washington, DC! Because of the cold winter we have had, the famous cherry blossoms in Newark have bloomed late this year. 

Glenmont, Llewellyn Park, West Orange

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Thomas Edison purchased a large estate, Glenmont, in 1886. The estate is located in the exclusive gated community, Llewellyn Park, in West Orange, New Jersey. It is very close to his laboratories. Edison and his wife and children lived in this house, and many famous people visited the Edisons.

Thomas Edison Laboratories, West Orange

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Thomas Edison's laboratories in West Orange are always interesting to visit. He was the greatest inventor of all time.

Thomas Edison, Inventor

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Thomas Alva Edison is well known for inventing or being part of inventing many things, including the incandescent light bulb, the movie camera, the phonograph, stock-tickers, and many others. His inventions changed the world more than any other inventor before or since. 

Dey Mansion, Wayne, New Jersey

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 / 1 comment
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The Dey Mansion in Wayne, New Jersey, was the temporary headquarters for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. 

Dey Mansion is now part of the Passaic County Park System. 

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook was a military fort which operated from 1895 until 1974. The fort played an important part in defending New York harbor and New Jersey, especially during World War II and the Cold War.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Sandy Hook is at the very beginning of the New Jersey shore. It is a barrier spit extending out into the Atlantic Ocean. On one side is Sandy Hook Bay, and on the other side is the Atlantic Ocean. New York City is visible in the distance.

Wildwood Days

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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The Wildwoods in New Jersey are several beach towns by the Jersey Shore. The Wildwoods are considered to have the best beaches in New Jersey and some of the best beaches in the entire United States. There are several Wildwoods: Wildwood, North Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest. Wildwood is celebrating its 100 Anniversary this year! 

Visiting Cape May

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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The downtown area of Cape May, New Jersey is charming. It is a very busy beach resort town, and the beach is great – but so are strolling around, eating and shopping! To get to Cape May, you get off at Exit 0 on the Garden State Parkway! 

The Painted Ladies of Cape May!

Sunday, July 15, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Lovely Cape May, New Jersey has one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in the United States. The entire town has been designated a historic landmark, mostly because of the Victorian homes.

The Cape May Lighthouse

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 / 2 comments
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The iconic Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point at the southern tip of New Jersey has lighted the way for about 180 years.

Patriotic Cape May!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Lovely Cape May, New Jersey was America's first summer resort. The above building, Congress Hall (now a hotel) was the summer White House for President Benjamin Harrison.

Many of the old Victorian houses are now bed-and-breakfasts.

Georgian Court University

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Georgian Court University is a private Catholic University located in Lakewood, New Jersey. There are many lovely college campuses in the United States, but I think that Georgian Court's campus is one of the best kept secrets in the country!

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Gustav Stickley was a key figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. He designed furniture and buildings in that style. He launched The Craftsman Magazine, and had a profound influence on furniture and architecture. He produced "Craftsman" furniture, also known as mission-style.

Mount Tabor, New Jersey

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Mount Tabor, New Jersey in Morris County was started as a Methodist Camp Revival Meeting town, just as Ocean Grove was in Monmouth County. Mount Tabor was an independent town until 1980, and is now technically part of Parsippany, New Jersey -- but still has a separate feeling.

Zenas Crane House In West Caldwell

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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I took these photos in December at the Zenas Crane House in West Caldwell, which is currently serving as the home of the town historical society. The house is faithful to the furnishings of the period, right down to the chamber pots!

Early Cherry Blossoms!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 / 1 comment
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It's great to be back!

The unusually warm weather -- it was over 70 degrees Fahrenheit for several days in New Jersey last week -- encouraged the cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park to start blossoming early. Branch Brook Park, split between Newark and Belleville, NJ,  actually has more cherry trees than Washington, D.C.! 

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