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December 2020: Services & Events @ Hackensack’s Johnson Public Library

November 19, 2020

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Gallery: Life in Faces by Dorothy Mae Morton
November 2020-January 2021
In this collection of portraits in pencil, Dorothy recreates striking images of both celebrity and everyday people.  Dorothy Mae Morton is a self taught artist based in Hawthorne, ...

The Answer Man

Watching Jeopardy! always makes me feel like an idiot. I am not very good with random knowledge. Or mental processes in general.

I rationalize this major shortcoming as an impetus for learning, as if knowledge is somehow a finite reservoir. The way I look at it, the more I know, the less there is to learn. It would be pretty boring if I knew everything.

And I no doubt would be more ...

One Final Note

There is nothing worse than football metaphors. Except maybe bottom of the ninth baseball metaphors.

“Doing an end around” or “throwing a hail mary” to “get across the goal line” are all tired football phrases that I have heard unimaginative analysts haul out to describe the presidential election.

I am not sure what kind of sports metaphor can be used to ...

Intentions versus Actions

Editor's Note: This column first ran on Nov. 22, 2019.

For the past few weeks, I have been the recipient of repeated hurtful actions and when I communicated my feelings with each perpetrator, the same response was offered, “It wasn’t my intention.” The frequency and flippancy of this explanation has gotten me to thinking about accountability, and whether intentions or ...

Challenge Your Fears

Fear is one of the most powerful forces in life. It affects the decisions we make and the actions we take. And while the primary role of fear is to keep us safe, it often becomes the obstacle that stands between us and our dreams and goals.

There are rational fears, the ones that are based in reality such as encountering a bear while on a hike in the woods, and there are the irrational fears ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

How to Make the Most of Your Downsized Thanksgiving Dinner (Recipe Included)

With the coronavirus pandemic surging forward, threatening to stomp all over our traditional get-together with relatives, Thanksgiving for many of us is going to be a lot quieter this year.

The CDC recommends that people avoid large gatherings and instead celebrate the holiday with the members of their household. As a result, a shorter guest list could require a few changes to the ...

New Jersey Date Night: Meet Me for Happy Hour

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Regardless of our relationship statuses, we’ve experienced a lot of unusual in 2020. From searching for paper products to seeking election resolution, New Jerseyans have been through the wringer. 

As we round the corner to concluding the year that can’t end soon enough, couples and ...