Tag Archives: repurposing

New Addition

To the yard sale family on Warren Street, thank you for giving him up. Because when I laid eyes on him, I could tell that you had loved him once. But now he was old, neglected, and ragged. As I … Continue reading

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Behind the Walls

In my South Jersey house, the older children once slept in the unfinished attic, with its wooden floor and exposed wooden beams. The baby, however, slept downstairs.  He didn’t have a crib, so his mother tucked him in every night, … Continue reading

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Vinyl Revival

The media says that vinyl records are making a comeback. New bands are starting to produce their music on vinyl and record stores are emerging, once again, all over the country. This month, a new record exchange, or used LP … Continue reading

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Recycling, Upcycling, and Raising Strong, Confident Girls!

“Any reason why are you defacing that book?” Jake asked me, eyebrows raised.  “You are a librarians worst nightmare,” he said, shaking his head. I was methodically cutting 10 pages at a time, using a homemade stencil.  Scraps from the … Continue reading

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What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

My boss has started to drop the word retirement in casual conversation and that’s got me worrying and thinking.  And while his exact timeline for exiting the workforce has not been revealed to myself and my quirky band of coworkers, … Continue reading

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Creativity, Out of Necessity……Toys, Housewares, and the FIFA World Cup

My children lack imagination. Now I mean them no disrespect.  My boys are smart and funny and resourceful.  But when it comes to the good old-fashioned, nitty-gritty, sock-puppet type of imagination, they are sorely lacking.  And depending on your age … Continue reading

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Peace, Love….and the Hippie Free Store

They traveled by VW bus…..and sometimes by the horsepower of an outstretched thumb.  They grew out their hair, burned their bras, and jumped on the peace train. Some headed to San Fran or NYC….or other places that promised a difference. … Continue reading

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Family Book Club

I haven’t yet started the assigned novel for my monthly women’s book club…….. Instead, I am reading the young adult novel, Divergent…..and not because it is about to be released as a big-budget Hollywood movie……but simply because Jake suggested I … Continue reading

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Upcycled Cosmos

Over dinner tonight, Jake and Joe were having an enthusiastic and noisy conversation about the nature of the universe. And in my house, science conversations can get pretty animated, so naturally, there was talk about the decay of radioactive materials, … Continue reading

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Peace, Love, and Pumpkin Wars

With autumn and Halloween just around the corner, I am remembering an upcycling  tradition (well sort of) that Joe and I once participated in at this time of year……. The invitation was for the First Annual Pumpkin Demolition Derby.  My … Continue reading

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