Friday, December 11, 2020

TIME Person of the Year

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were announced as TIME Magazine's Person of the Year.

Saturday, November 7, 2020


Illustration: Vasco Gargalo

Saturday, October 24, 2020

FPNL Zoom Meeting: The American Chestnut

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 7:30 pm, Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will hold its annual meeting and program. Following a brief business meeting, Mike Aucott (Rutgers Ph.D. in environmental science) will give an illustrated presentation on the American chestnut tree that once stood as a symbol of American strength, resilience, and beauty. Learn about the American chestnut's glorious past, its grievous near-annihilation by blight, and the passionate movement to re-establish its place in our forests.

Mike Aucott is a retired research scientist for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection who has been hooked on chestnut trees since the 5th grade. He is currently coordinating the management of 20 orchards, totaling over 5000 second-generation hybrid chestnut trees as part of an American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) breeding program. He is also a member of the Hopewell Environmental Commission and has helped organize plantings of over 250 American chestnuts in Hopewell Township.

The meeting will take place online. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to The meeting link is available on the FPNL website.

Illustration: "Gathering Chestnuts," by J.W. Lauderbach, from The Art Journal of 1878

Sunday, October 11, 2020

KGA Zoom Meeting: Deer-Resistant Native Plants

On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 7:30 pm, Kingston Greenways Association will hold its annual meeting and talk. After a short business meeting, Rachel Mackow of Wild Ridge Plants will present a program on Deer-Resistant Native Plants. Of necessity, this will be a virtual event on Zoom, and it is open to all. The meeting link is on the KGA website, however, if you do plan on attending, please RSVP to

Rachel Mackow is an owner of Wild Ridge Plants, which is dedicated to the restoration of native plant communities that sustain and engage both people and wildlife. She manages the nursery operation on the farm at Wild Ridge and creates stewardship plans based on her knowledge of restoration practices and invasive species management. She enjoys helping people reconnect to plants and self-reliance through teaching foraging skills, herbal practice, and traditional plant uses.

Formed in 1998, Kingston Greenways Association aims to establish a permanent greenbelt around the village of Kingston consisting of natural environments, recreational parkland, agricultural and horticultural land, wetlands, streams and ponds, and sites of historical interest. The Association further aims to preserve and create connections of green among these for walking, jogging, bicycling and horseback riding. It also hopes to promote understanding of our local region through study and education, and to provide oversight and advocacy for open space in the Kingston area.

Photo: Rachel Mackow

Friday, September 25, 2020


Wednesday, September 23, 2020


"Icons," by Bob Staake, next week's cover of The New Yorker

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, died on Friday, at the age of eighty-seven. Ginsburg spent nearly three decades on the country's highest bench, and five decades as a tireless scholar, teacher, and advocate of equality. To commemorate her, the artist Bob Staake said, he 'needed to think of a graphic metaphor that embodied Ginsburg's life and legacy.' He wanted something that was 'honest and no-nonsense,' like Ginsburg, and he landed on her lace collar, a symbol not just of Ginsburg but, in Staake's drawing, of women everywhere."

Friday, September 18, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

1933 – 2020

"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

Friday, August 14, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

John Lewis | Opinion

John Lewis, the civil rights leader and congressman who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral. It was published today in The New York Times.

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

continue here at The New York Times

Thursday, July 23, 2020


We could have won, but our "wartime" president surrendered.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

John Lewis

1940 – 2020

"We were beaten, we were tear-gassed. I thought I was going to die on this bridge. But somehow and some way, God almighty helped me here. We cannot give up now. We cannot give in. We must keep the faith, keep our eyes on the prize."

Friday, July 10, 2020

How to Cognitive

From comedian and author Sarah Cooper

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Learn. Their. Names.

Mitch McConnell
Lindsey Graham
Thom Tillis
Cory Gardner
Martha McSally
Ted Cruz
Joni Ernst
Marco Rubio
Susan Collins
John Cornyn
Jim Inhofe
Mike Rounds
Steve Daines
Tom Cotton

Monday, July 6, 2020

How to Mask

From comedian and author Sarah Cooper

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Fellow Traveler

American soldiers' lives are in danger and Trump has done nothing to stop it.

Add "America First" to the laundry list of scams Trump has sold in his life. It's clearly Trump first, Russia second, and America last.

Friday, June 26, 2020

How to Second Term

From comedian and author Sarah Cooper

Thursday, June 25, 2020

How a President Leads

Biden is the clear choice when it comes to compassionate and decent leadership. In a battle of heart, mind, and character Joe Biden wins by a landslide. We need to ensure that's reflected in the vote this November.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Slow the Testing Down?!

From The Lincoln Project:

During the biggest health crisis of this generation, Trump asked his officials to slow down the one thing that could keep us safe: testing.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Trump's rally in Tulsa on the weekend of Juneteenth proves what we already knew: he's the largest super spreader of division and hatred we've seen in generations.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

How to Real Estate

From comedian and author Sarah Cooper

How to Water

From comedian and author Sarah Cooper

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


From The Lincoln Project

Monday, June 8, 2020

How to Lobster

From comedian and author Sarah Cooper

Sunday, June 7, 2020

How to Bunker

From comedian and author Sarah Cooper

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

How to Bible

From comedian and author Sarah Cooper

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Princeton For Black Lives

                                                                                   Photo: Suzanne Merias

In memory of George Floyd and in solidarity with Black lives everywhere, this evening Princeton joined cities and towns all over the country in a peaceful protest.

Messages From Local Police

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Monday, May 18, 2020

This Week

From The Lincoln Project:

Welcome to this week. Nearly 90,000 American lives have been lost. The virus is still spreading. And Donald Trump continues to deny and deflect, failing the people he was elected to serve.

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Study in Leadership

Americans, as a rule, rarely compare themselves with other countries, so convinced are we that our system is superior, that our politicians are better, that our democracy is the fairest and most robust in the world. But watch this video and ask yourself: Is this the kind of leadership you expect from a superpower? Does this make you feel confident in our future? Or is this man a warning signal, a blinking red light, a screaming siren telling all of us, and all of the world, that something about our political system has gone profoundly awry?

 — Anne Applebaum, from A Study in Leadership, The Atlantic

Monday, May 11, 2020

Smart People Wear Masks

Be smart like Professor Einstein.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Shower the People

James Taylor and contestants from season 18 of The Voice reunited for a special remote performance of "Shower the People."

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Mourning in America

Donald Trump's failed presidency has left the nation weaker, sicker, and teetering on the verge of a new Great Depression.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Don Lemon to Trump

What is it about Obama that gets under your skin?

From CNN:

CNN's Don Lemon slammed President Donald Trump's obsession with former President Barack Obama after Trump tweeted negatively about former President George W. Bush.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

How to Medical

From comedian and author Sarah Cooper

Saturday, April 25, 2020

A Spoonful of Clorox

A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Andrew Cuomo Speaks on 4/23/2020

From New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at today's press briefing:

New York State puts $116 billion more into the federal pot than we take out.

Kentucky TAKES $148 billion more from the federal pot than they put in.

But we don't deserve help now because the 15,000 people who died here were predominately democrats?

Senator McConnell, who's getting bailed out here? It's your state that is living on the money that we generate. Your state is getting bailed out—not my state.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020


Donald Trump has left America in a state of danger, despair, and economic depression. We cannot allow him another term.

Saturday, April 18, 2020


Friday, April 17, 2020

Trump's Coronavirus Blame Game

Trump's weeks of downplaying the coronavirus have evolved into weeks of shifting the blame.

Andrew Cuomo Speaks on 4/17/2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held his daily press conference on the COVID–19 outbreak.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Elizabeth Warren Endorses Joe Biden

In this moment of crisis, it's more important than ever that the next president restores Americans' faith in good, effective government—and I've seen Joe Biden help our nation rebuild. Today, I'm proud to endorse Joe Biden as President of the United States.

Now it's up to all of us to help make Joe Biden the next president. Let's get to work. Go to right now, and chip in your $5, make some calls, send some texts—because we are all in this together.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

President Barack Obama Endorses Joe Biden

On April 14, 2020, President Obama endorsed Joe Biden for President. He noted Biden's leadership on health care, climate change, and the 2008 recovery, and said that he believes that Biden is the person who can heal the country in the wake of the COVID–19 outbreak.

I'm proud to endorse my friend Joe Biden for President of the United States. Let's go: For all of us who love this country and are willing to do our part to make sure it lives up to its highest ideals—now's the time to fight for what we believe in. Join us at And I'll see you on the campaign trail as soon as I can.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Music For Hope

Andrea Bocelli: Music For Hope - Live From Duomo di Milano

On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, by invitation of the City and of the Duomo Cathedral of Milan, Italian global music icon Andrea Bocelli gave a solo performance representing a message of love, healing and hope to Italy and the world. #musicforhope

Thursday, April 9, 2020


Trump says his own impeachment "distracted" him from the coronavirus response. Let's be clear: He was never distracted. He just didn't care.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


The President will stop at nothing to protect himself and himself only. By discounting those American seniors who have served and protected our nation countless times during moments of national crisis, the President is deeming them unworthy.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Happy Birthday, Barbara Rocah

Mimi Rocah's mother Barbara turns 90 years young today. In honor of her milestone birthday, Mimi interviews her mother on growing up during the polio epidemic, being one of 11 women in medical school, living through the Cuban missile crisis as well as taking us on a sweet trip down memory lane of Mimi's childhood.

Bill Gates on Fighting Coronavirus

Trevor Noah and Bill Gates discuss coronavirus testing, accelerating vaccine development and how the world will rebound.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Andrew Cuomo Speaks on 4/5/2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held coronavirus briefing.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Letter of Note

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Having recently misidentified a bird of prey, David Attenborough writes to Eric Morecambe.

Thursday, April 2, 2020


A new video from The Lincoln Project:

As the consequences of COVID–19 tear across the country, American heroes everywhere are donning masks, scrubs, uniforms, volunteer hats. Here are a few stories of amazing acts of humanity, kindness, and courage in the face of catastrophe.

Andrew Cuomo Speaks on 4/2/2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a coronavirus update. He also invited his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, to join the briefing via video conference to talk about how he was doing after contracting coronavirus.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Andrew Cuomo Speaks on 4/1/2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak and the state's response to the pandemic. 

Monday, March 30, 2020


"Bedtime," by Chris Ware, this week's cover of The New Yorker.

Chris Ware asked his 15-year-old daughter what he should draw for the cover of this year's Health Issue. "Make sure it's about how most doctors have children and families of their own," she said.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Andrew Cuomo Speaks on 3/29/2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a briefing on the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak. He reacted to a new travel advisory issued by the federal government for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, which asked residents of those states to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days. The governor said the new policy, which he supports, and other policies were making New Yorkers feel like they are "under attack" Mr. Cuomo also repeated his criticism of a recent $2.2 trillion economic aid package passed by Congress, saying it did not provide adequate funding to reimburse New York and other hard-hit states.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Andrew Cuomo Speaks on 3/28/2020

Amid the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is issuing an executive order to move the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Andrew Cuomo Speaks on 3/27/2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference on the coronavirus outbreak from the Javits Center in New York City, which is being converted into a temporary hospital.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Exponential Threat

Donald Trump issued a cease and desist letter to stop this ad from running because he doesn't want Americans to know the truth about his failed leadership.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Coronavirus: How We Got Here

"The Federal response failed and now it's on citizens."

Ben Rhodes, Ronald Klein, and epidemiologist Abdul El-Sayed talk coronavirus, how we got here and what comes next.

Andrew Cuomo Speaks on 3/25/2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a news conference to provide an update on the coronavirus outbreak impacting the state.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Andrew Cuomo Speaks on 3/24/2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks bluntly and eloquently on coronavirus at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which is being converted into an emergency hospital by the Army Corps of Engineers amid the outbreak in the state.

What Coronavirus Symptoms Look Like

After being exposed to the virus that causes COVID–19, it can take as few as two and as many as 14 days for symptoms to develop. Cases range from mild to critical. The average timeline from the first symptoms to recovery is about 17 days, but some cases are fatal. Here's what it looks like to develop COVID–19m day by day.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

More Inspiration From Italy

The artists of the International Opera Choir open the door of their virtual rehearsal room to sing "Va, Pensiero," the chorus of the prisoners from Verdi's opera "Nabucco." Their performance is dedicated to all medical personnel, doctors, nurses, civil protection department workers, researchers and all those who fight on the front lines to deal with the COVID–19 emergency.

Friday, March 20, 2020

A Message of Hope From Dr. Jane Goodall

In the face of COVID–19, Dr. Jane Goodall shares her thoughts in this this time of hardship, sharing hope, information and an update about her life at home in the UK.


This is a report by Sky News' Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay. It is from the main hospital in Bergamo, Lombardy Province, Italy—one of the most advanced hospitals in Europe. This town is at the center of the global COVID–19 crisis in Italy. They want us to see this and be ready.

It's All on Video

From Republicans for the Rule of Law:

Why Did President Trump Lie About the COVID–19 Crisis?

In a crisis, there are three rules that must be followed when communicating with the public: Be first. Be right. Be credible. President Trump has often been first but he has seldom been right and he has never been credible.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Leo Varadkar, Ireland's Prime Minister, is being praised for the national address he gave on Tuesday evening, St. Patrick's Day. Here's what an actual leader sounds like in a time of crisis.

Shift in Tone From Fox "News"

Trump's Coronavirus Calendar

Trump's Coronavirus Calendar from The Recount

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The American Virus

Breaking: The American Virus #WeWillPrevail by Eleven Films

This film is dedicated to the brave medical personnel and first responders around the world.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Grifters:Episode One

The Lincoln Project released its first ad, "Grifters: Episode One." The Grifters ads will focus on the long history of shady business dealings, corruption and general grift of Trump family members. This ad highlights the many ways the President's children have abused their access to the President of the United States. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Spring Ahead

Remember to move your clocks ahead one hour tonight. Daylight saving time begins at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 8.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Trump Coronavirus Incompetence

Senator Elizabeth Warren talks with Rachel Maddow about the global factors that are undermining the U.S. economy as the damage from the spread of the coronavirus collides with the incompetence of the Trump administration.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Freeman Dyson

1923 – 2020

Photo of Freeman Dyson  at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 2007: Monroem

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Katherine Johnson

1918 – 2020

"Katherine G. Johnson refused to be limited by society's expectations of her gender and race while expanding the boundaries of humanity's reach."
                                                                — President Barack Obama
Photo: NASA

Thursday, January 16, 2020

MLK Day of Service in the Mapleton Preserve

Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands on Monday, January 20, 2020, 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.)