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17 Apr 2010

What’s good: Taking the time to get out and find the beauty.

It was a cold, cloudy afternoon, not a very pleasant day outside. I decided to head to Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, it is a nice county park about five miles from my house. The park has a small pond where I have photographed a heron many times and I thought it would be fun to see if it was around yet. The pond is close to the park road, so I could see from my Jeep the heron wasn’t […]

16 Apr 2010

What’s good: Dad’s Azalea reminds me of my good fortune

In a couple of weeks it will be 19 years since my father died. Someone sent a small azalea plant to the funeral, I don’t know who it was, I wish I did. I brought the plant back to New Jersey and stuck it in the ground by the front porch. It grew slowly at first but I was happy it survived at all. It has more than survived, it has grown huge. The blossoms in the spring are spectacular […]

14 Apr 2010

What’s good: Finding beauty in Newark

I was on journalism career day panel today for students at Rutgers in Newark. Newark is one of my least favorite places, it is run down, grimy and overall ugly. But there is some amazing architecture. I drove past a stunning building with delicate, detailed scrolling along the roof. It looked like it hadn’t been occupied for 20 years and had a “For Sale” in front. I thought about how cool it would be to buy the place cheap and […]

13 Apr 2010

What’s good: Chasing a hot air balloon

When I left work in East Brunswick, it was drizzling and pretty chilly. As I got closer to home the rain stopped and I could see the clouds were starting to break in the west. I saw something strange in the sky and drove a couple of blocks out of my way to see what it was. There was a hot air balloon floating to the west. They aren’t uncommon, the country’s largest summer balloon festival happens about where the […]

10 Apr 2010

What’s good: Reflections in The Great Swamp

I made a quick trip to The Great Swamp late this afternoon. The Great Swamp is about 15 north of my house. It is a 3,000 acres National Wildlife Refuge that was created in the early ’60s when they wanted to build a huge airport and the locals got creative and created a wildlife refuge so they couldn’t pave it. Instead the put in a few boardwalks and some trails. It isn’t the prettiest place, it is a swamp and […]