Jersey Stories

I moved to New Jersey in 1994, a reluctant Philadelphia expatriate who considered anything north of Trenton a foreign land. My New Jersey points of reference were Mack and Manco’s pizza on the Ocean City boardwalk, The Pub in Pennsauken and Canals’ Liquor Store where 38 and 70 meet.  The Sopranos came along five years …

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1968 Turmoil Through the Eyes of Young Baseball Fans

Teenagers in a New Jersey high school navigate racial and political upheaval through the nostalgic lens of baseball Best friends TJ, who is white, and Jonathan, who is black, speak to each other about their differences in a way that is refreshingly honest and which ultimately bonds them through the tense times triggered by the …

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Hometown Wordcraft

It took me a few years to get around to reading Adele Kenny’s collection of poems, A Lightness, A Thirst, Or Nothing At All (Welcome Rain Publishers), but better late than never. I apologize, Adele, since you and I live in the same town, serve the same public and and have crossed paths many times in the …

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