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Meet the Gubernatorial Candidates

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Slow and Steady

My husband is a marathon runner. I have never understood his interest in running 26.2 miles I don’t hate running- I have trained for two half marathons- but I don’t love it and I will NEVER train for a full. This says a lot about the differences between Jeff and I in general. He is in for the steady, pace-driven long game while I dart out of the gate and peter out after 10 miles.

That is what happened to me recently- I petered out. After the election results on November 8th, I felt shot out of a cannon. What could I do? Who could I call? How do we stop it!!!??? I sent emails and attended meetings and made phone calls and wrote letters. Non…stop. But then the universe decided that I needed a water break and I got sick. There is nothing sickness likes more than stress. After a week and a half laying around, reprioritizing and putting things into perspective, I realize that this is not a sprint- it’s a marathon- and I want to run it.

The alt-right has used the word snowflake to illustrate that we “liberal, progressives” melt quickly. It resonates with me since that’s been my approach to life, so I get defensive when I hear it. The truth is, I don’t want them to be right. The need to run this race slow and steady is more apparent now than ever. We can do it!

A few rules I made up for myself:

  • Don’t judge myself.
  • Feel OK about not going to every event, rally, meeting.
  • Harness the energy I have when I have it, and listen to myself if I need a break.
  • Find other things to talk about besides politics, unless I can keep it productive.
  • Take social media breaks.
  • Make a list of issues for which I want to focus.
  • Determine how many actions I have time for each day (some 4, some 0)
  • Drink lots of water!

Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
~Adlai Stevenson


Congressman Frelinghuysen responds to the petition to have a town hall meeting

Happy New Year

2017 will only be as good as we make it. Let’s be kind, be bold, be compassionate, be strong, accept one another, resist fascism and racism, live intentionally, think outside the box, stay focused, buy less and love more!! Let’s make 2017 what WE WANT it to be!

How to get our congressman to listen

Do you know who your congressman is? The congressmen for the 11th congressional district of West Orange, which is a large portion of WO, is Rodney P. Frelinghuysen. According to his website, Rodney “is serving his eleventh term as the Representative for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District.  In the 114th Congress, Frelinghuysen serves as New Jersey’s senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and on three key appropriations subcommittees: Energy and Water Development, Homeland Security and Defense, where he serves as Chairman.”

The congressman for the 10th congressional district is Donald Payne, Jr.

If you have an issue you are passionate about or want our congressman to pay attention to, click for ideas that include:

  • Writing a letter to the district office.
  • Call them on the phone.
  • Show up for town hall meetings.
  • Request private meetings.

Sign the Petitions Against Steve Bannon- Trump’s Pick for Chief Strategist

Bannon is the executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network- an network who has been known to openly use racist and anti-Muslim rhetoric in the name of the “alt-right”. Let’s keep him OUT of Washington sign HERE (SPL Center petition) AND HERE ( petition).