Thursday, April 18, 2019

Poem in Your Pocket Day

She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

She walketh veiled and sleeping,
For she knoweth not her power;
She obeyeth but the pleading
Of her heart, and the high leading
Of her soul, unto this hour.
Slow advancing, halting, creeping,
Comes the Woman to the Hour!—
She walketh veiled and sleeping,
For she knoweth not her power.

                                              Painting: Odilon Redon

Monday, April 1, 2019

National Poetry Month

I, too, dislike it.
Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in
it, after all, a place for the genuine.

— Marianne Moore

For the first time, the 2019 official National Poetry Month poster features  artwork by a high school student: tenth grader Julia Wang from San Jose, California, who has won the inaugural National Poetry Month Poster Contest. Wang's artwork was selected from among more than 450 student submissions. It incorporates lines from the poem "An Old Story" by current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

W.S. Merwin

1927 – 2019

Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
And the silence will set out
Tireless traveler
Like the beam of a lightless star

from W.S. Merwin's poem "For the Anniversary of My Death" from The Second Four Books of Poems (Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press, 1993).

Photograph: Nancy Crampton for The Paris Review

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Spring Ahead

Remember to move your clocks ahead one hour tonight. Daylight saving time begins at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 10.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Barking Up the Right Tree

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will host a workshop on how to identify trees in winter on Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 1 to 4 pm. Even without their leaves, clues can be found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, branching patterns and bark. Dress for the weather for this walk in the Mapleton Preserve. Bring binoculars and a hand lens if you have them. This is an intensive workshop and is limited to 10 people. Cost is $20 per person for materials. Preregistration is required at 609-608-6455. Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston.

Photo: Gingko buds by Tari Pantaleo

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

MLK Day of Service Rescheduled

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands has rescheduled its National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for Monday, February 18, 2019, from noon to 3 pm. For details, see our post below.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

MLK Day of Service Postponed

Due to the bitter cold and serious icing in Monday's weather forecast, the MLK Day of Service in the Mapleton Preserve has been postponed until Presidents' Day, Monday, February 18, 2019.  Check FPNL for further updates as the date gets closer.

Friday, January 18, 2019

MLK Day of Service in the Mapleton Preserve

Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands on Monday, January 21, 2019, for a cleanup in the Mapleton Preserve on the National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From noon to 3 pm volunteers will be clearing small trees, brush, vines and trash in the historic Mapleton Preserve. You are asked to bring any tools you may have, such as saws, clippers, loppers and rakes. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather—work gloves, sturdy shoes, warm clothing and hats are a must. For more information, or if you would like to involve a group to help, call 609-683-0483 or visit the FPNL website. Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. (If using a GPS, use 145 Mapleton Road, Princeton 08540 as the address.)

Sunday, December 30, 2018

First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites everyone to a First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve on Tuesday, January 1, 2018, from noon until 2 pm. For anyone who made a resolution to walk more, this is a great opportunity to start the new year off on the right foot with an easy 1.5 mile loop hike through the Mapleton Preserve.

The walk will begin and end at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Cocoa and cider will be served afterward. Dress for the weather, whatever it may be. The walk is free and all are welcome.  For more information, visit FPNL or call 609-683-0483.

Photo: Winter Teasel by Tari Pantaleo

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Postcard

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Bird Count With Kingston Greenways

Kingston Greenways Association will host the Kingston segment of this year's Audubon Christmas Bird Count this Sunday, December 16, 2018. The count begins at 7:30 am at the Kingston Locktender's House and goes until noon. After a break for lunch at Palace of Asia in Kingston, the count continues in the afternoon until 5 pm. Join KGA for morning, afternoon or both. Experienced birders and novices are equally welcome to participate. Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them. To register, call Karen Linder at 609-683-0483 or email her at For more information about the history of the Christmas Bird Count, visit KGA.

Photo: Savannah Sparrow by Tam Stuart 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

President George H. W. Bush

1924 – 2018

(click to enlarge)

Photo: George Bush Presidential Library
Letter via Jon Davidson

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Day Walk in the Mapleton Preserve

Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for a walk in the woods on Thanksgiving morning. FPNL's annual Thanksgiving Day morning exploration of the Mapleton Preserve takes place on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at 10 am. The program will begin at the main office for the D&R Canal State Park, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston. Come work up a Thanksgiving appetite while searching for signs of what our local wildlife is having for dinner. Look for natural things that make us all grateful and enjoy the abundance and subtle beauty of late fall.

This walk is free and all are welcome, but preregistration is requested. Please call 609-683-0483 to reserve a spot. Dress for the weather—it will be a brisk morning. For more information, visit the FPNL website.

Photo: Pokeweed in the Mapleton Preserve by Karen Linder

Thursday, November 15, 2018

NJ Blue Wave 2018

Before the 2016 election, the New Jersey Congressional delegation included 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans. After the midterm elections last week, in the new Congress New Jersey will have 11 Democrats and only 1 Republican. That's a remarkable accomplishment for the Resistance.

Credit: Chris Baxter, Carla Astudillo, Yan Wu/NJ Advance Media for

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Armistice Day

On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, we are remembering my great uncle Theodore Slamski who served our country during the war.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Nobody Is Above the Law Rally

Nobody, including Donald Trump, is above the law. By appointing Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, he has crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up. Grassroots activists are mobilizing all around the country planning events today at 5 pm (local time) to encourage Congress to demand accountability.

A rally is being held in Princeton at 5 pm in Hinds Plaza. This event is wheelchair accessible. Click here  for more information.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

President Obama on the Midterms

Former President Barack Obama released the following statement on yesterday's midterm elections.

"I congratulate everybody who showed up and participated in our democracy yesterday. Obviously, the Democrats' success in flipping the House of Representatives, several governorships, and state legislatures will get the most attention. But even more important than what we won is how we won: by competing in places we haven't been competitive in a long time, and by electing record numbers of women and young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, a surge of minority candidates, and a host of outstanding young leaders. The more Americans who vote, the more our elected leaders look like America.

On a personal note, Michelle and I couldn't be prouder of the alumni of my administration who took the baton and won their races last night. Even the young candidates across the country who fell short have infused new energy and new blood into our democratic process, and America will be better off for it for a long time to come.

I also want to congratulate voters across the country for turning out in record numbers, and for voting for several ballot initiatives that will improve the lives of the American people – like raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, and strengthening voting rights.

Our work goes on. The change we need won't come from one election alone – but it is a start. Last night, voters across the country started it. And I'm hopeful that going forward, we'll begin a return to the values we expect in our public life – honesty, decency, compromise, and standing up for one another as Americans, not separated by our differences, but bound together by one common creed."

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


"Let us march on ballot boxes."

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Fall Back

Remember to move your clocks back one hour tonight. Daylight saving time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 4.

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Photo: AP/Matt Rourke

Monday, October 22, 2018

#BlueWave #Vote

The #BlueWave Trailer by Eleven Films

Thursday, October 18, 2018


President Barack Obama responds to the 7 weakest excuses for not voting.

Friday, October 12, 2018


Friday, October 5, 2018

KHS Walking Tour of Kingston Businesses

The Kingston Historical Society will host a walking tour of Kingston businesses tomorrow, Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 2 pm. The walk will start at the Kingston Presbyterian Church parking lot, 4565 Route 27 (Main Street), Kingston, NJ. It will end at the Kingston Lock area on the D&R Canal State Park, where there will be a display on Kingston businesses and a demonstration of Paul Kayne's models of the lock and former "A" frame bridge in the Locktender's House.

The walk will be led by lifetime Kingston resident George Luck, Jr., who will discuss some of the village's past businesses, their owners and history. These businesses represent a time when Kingston was dependent on local merchants to supply everything from groceries to shoes, to meet the needs of residents, travelers and emerging businesses in the automotive era.

This tour is free and open to the public. Rides will be provided for those not wishing to walk back to the Kingston Presbyterian Church parking lot. For more information, visit KHS or contact Robert von Zumbusch at 609-683-4711 or

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Her Lasting Impact — Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

See "How Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony Changed America" by Haley Sweetland Edwards in the October 15, 2018, issue of TIME.

Illustration by John Mavroudis for TIME

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

National Public Lands Day at Mapleton Preserve

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands and Kingston Greenways Association will host the annual National Public Lands Day work session in the Mapleton Preserve on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 1 to 4 pm. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. FPNL and KGA invite the public to play a part and contribute to the restoration of the Mapleton Preserve, the former home of Princeton Nurseries. The Princeton Nurseries Historic District was just placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a significant historical site in central New Jersey.

FPNL's focus this year is removing brush, vines, invasive saplings and shrubs, caring for trees in the Flemer Arboretum, and collecting litter with the trash crew. Volunteers are asked to bring their own loppers, pruning shears, saws, rakes and shovels. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats are also recommended.

The entrance to the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. For more information, visit the FPNL website or call 609-683-0483.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

KGA Wildlife Ambassadors Program

Kingston Greenways Association invites the public to come meet the animal ambassadors from the Mercer County Wildlife Center at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 2 pm. The Mercer County Wildlife Center is a state and federally licensed facility that cares for injured, ill and displaced native wildlife. This program will feature animals from the Center that for various reasons cannot be released back into the wild. These animals travel to schools and community events throughout the year, acting as ambassadors for their wild counterparts.

The Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: If the temperature exceeds 80 degrees, the event will NOT be held. Please visit KGA the night before of the morning of the program to verify that it is taking place, or call 609-750-1821. Learn more about the Wildlife Center at Wildlife Center Friends.

Photo of Barred Owl: Tari Pantaleo

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Shikantaza at South Brunswick Jazz Café

The musical trio Shikantaza—Doug Miller on piano, Bernhard Geiger on acoustic bass, Brandon Lewin on percussion—will perform with guests Steve Kaplan on sax and flute and vocalist Ron Orlando at the South Brunswick Jazz Café on Friday, September 7, 2018, at 8 pm. Shikantaza explores the jazz canon and songs from the Great American Songbook. They make familiar works uniquely their own, as well as offering original compositions developed improvisationally. Their music draws inspiration from many genres. The word shikantaza, translated literally as just sitting, refers to a form of Japanese Zen Buddhist meditation. To read more about Shikantaza and to listen their music, click here.

The South Brunswick Jazz Café is located at the Herb Eckert Auditorium in the Senior Center, South Brunswick Municipal Complex, 540 Route 522 in Monmouth Junction. Admission is $6 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm. No reservations, no advance ticket sales. This performance is a BYOB event. For more information, call 732-329-4000, ext. 7635, or click here.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

John McCain

1936 – 2018

"Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history. Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America."