Posts tagged "New Jersey"

The Heaven and Hell of the High School Reunion

I was a nun in high school. Figuratively speaking, of course. I didn’t drink. I didn’t smoke. I didn’t do anything bad. Or fun. Never been kissed? Alright, I wasn’t that holy. Then, I went to college and although I couldn’t bear the thought of drinking beer – ew! – fraternity boys in kahki pants... Read more »

How to Talk with a New Jersey Accent

Have you heard the amazing news?  New Jersey was ranked the 5th sexiest accent in North America by the dating site My Facebook feed is blowing up.  I don’t think we’ve ever been so proud. The funny thing is I thought I sounded like Diane Sawyer until I moved to Chicago.  When it suddenly... Read more »

5 Reasons to Go to Your High School Reunion

In 2007, people kept saying to me “Why aren’t you on Facebook?” and I kept saying “I don’t get it. I’m already in touch with everyone I want to be in touch with. What’s the point? … I have email.  … and oh, I’m on LinkedIn!” to which those same people would shake their heads... Read more »

Real Housewives of New Jersey: A Cafface Experience

“It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong.” -Yvon Choinard This past weekend, one of my best friends from high school, Gigi, and I made our way to New Jersey from Baltimore and Chicago, respectively, to celebrate the impending arrival of a baby girl to our other dear friend, Mel.  With our gifts carefully wrapped in stork-adorned paper and each... Read more »

James Gandolfini - An Obituary in Tweets

Like it or not, this is the world we live in now.  Everything is instant – news, information and even condolences. I am struck right now by, not only the heartfelt condolences for James Gandolfini, but how honest and specific many of them are. Gothamist ‏@Gothamist: David Chase (Sopranos creator) on James Gandolfini: “A great deal of... Read more »

Middle school: Was it middle hell for you?

How many guys have you gone with? You would think after reading Molly Backes’ young adult novel Princesses of Iowa and interviewing her for Behind the Book, my thoughts would be taking me back to high school.  But, the little spaceship in my head that travels back in time is being propelled even further.  I’m... Read more »

I've developed a strange habit since moving to Chicago

It happens like this. Someone else: Did you see that movie with Meryl Streep where - Me: She’s from New Jersey! Someone else: Last night, Chelsea Handler - Me: She’s from New Jersey! Someone else: One of the Jonas Brothers - Me: They’re from New Jersey! Someone else: You’re proud of that? Me: I can’t... Read more »

Inside a New Jersey Tanning Salon

While I was home this past weekend, I made a trip to my local tanning salon.  It’s located in the next town over  – that would be Nutley – current hometown of Tanning Mom and original hometown of (Who is the one person in the world who is the polar opposite of Tanning Mom?) Martha Stewart.  (Seriously. ... Read more »

Do you believe in GodWinks?

Believe it or not, there are a lot of Fernicola’s in the world. And growing up in North Jersey, my brother and parents and I were always asked “Are you related to Dr. Fernicola?” “Are you related to this Fernicola?” “That Fernicola?” “The Fernicola’s who own the home & garden store?” No. Nope. Uh-Uh. Not... Read more »

Dance Moms reminds me of my own unusual dance teacher

In case you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing the greatest worst show on television – Dance Moms – let me sum it up.  Dance teacher Abby Lee Miller screams like an animal at the quite talented bunch of little dancers, calling them ‘trash’ and ‘not that swift,’ among other insults. And, the quite talented little bunch... Read more »