Friday, December 30, 2016

First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites everyone to a First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve on Sunday, January 1, 2017, 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 hike through the Mapleton Preserve.

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

Photo: Jonathan Michalik

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Debbie Reynolds

1932 – 2016

Photo: Cliff Lipson

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher

1956 – 2016

Someone is staring at you in Personal Growth.

Photo: Riccardo Ghilardi

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Postcard

Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Twas the night before Christmas . . .

A Visit from St. Nicholas
by Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night."

Monday, December 12, 2016

FirstService Residential Dropped the Ball—Again

Early this morning without any notice or warning from management, a construction project began on my home. Six trucks, 10 or 12 workers, ladders, scaffolding and other equipment suddenly appeared. Soon there was chaos on my roof—pounding hammers, removing of nails, stomping footsteps. After searching for the foreman, I was told they are replacing the wood trim on all 24 townhouses in Parcel 1, a job that will take about a week and a half. He added that I might want to move my car to a safer location and watch out for falling lumber when I enter and exit my home.

It is difficult enough to wake up and discover your front yard has been turned into a construction zone, but it is even more inexcusable that our management company, FirstService Residential, did not notify homeowners in advance of the project. We are constantly reminded of bagel breakfasts, "holiday" celebrations, etc., but there was no notification about this major construction on our homes. Isn't management supposed to serve residents? Who is responsible for carrying out the simple courtesy of letting us know what is happening to our homes?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

It's Emily Dickinson's Birthday

I'll tell you how the Sun rose
by Emily Dickinson

I'll tell you how the Sun rose –
A Ribbon at a time –
The Steeples swam in Amethyst –
The news, like Squirrels, ran –
The Hills untied their Bonnets –
The Bobolinks – begun –
Then I said softly to myself –
"That must have been the Sun"!
But how he set – I know not –
There seemed a purple stile
That little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while –
Till when they reached the other side –
A Dominie in Gray –
Put gently up the evening Bars –
And led the flock away –

Emily Dickinson was born on this day in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. For more of her poems, click here.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Celebrate the Season at Princeton Abbey

To celebrate the holidays, Princeton Abbey is hosting a concert featuring Princeton Pro Musica's Chamber Chorus on Sunday, December 4, 2016, from 1 to 3 pm. All are welcome to attend at no charge, compliments of the Princeton Abbey.

"As a new business in the Princeton area, we want to give back to those who have welcomed us so warmly," explains Katherine Walden, with the Princeton Abbey & Cemetery. "We look forward to sharing the Abbey with the community at this special time of year and are honored Princeton Pro Musica is helping us celebrate the season with song."

The program will feature traditional holiday choral pieces and will also include audience participation. Light refreshments, with hot chocolate and cookies, will be provided afterwards.

The Princeton Abbey is located at 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ.