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Raina Wallens

Entries by Raina Wallens

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Makes it Official - May 18th Is NY Writers Coalition Day!

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 1:58 PM

What is NY Writers Coalition (NYWC) Day, you ask? It's a city-wide celebration of NYWC's 10 year anniversary, a day full of free creative writing workshops in iconic New York locations. For example, you'll be able to hop on the No. 7 train in Manhattan and take it...

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I Want Breakfast in Bed! When is Stepmother's Day?

(5) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 3:32 PM

We need another Hallmark holiday like we need another reality show centered on an over-the-top subculture. (We have Hoarders and Shahs of Sunset; how about Stepmoms of Suburbia ? Bravo execs, tweet me!)

I've never taken much stock in these types of "holidays." That said, I...

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The Tenth Anniversary of September 11th: Round Numbers Don't Mean Anything

(14) Comments | Posted September 10, 2011 | 11:59 PM

We like to mark anniversaries, don't we? We like round numbers, and summaries, and retrospectives. But for many of us who lost someone on September 11th, the 10th anniversary is meaningless. Or perhaps not meaningless, but no more meaningful than any other anniversary we've endured.

Come late August or...

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Park51: Election Season Is Over, and So Is the Media News Storm

(53) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 1:43 PM

If there was any doubt that the furor over the Park51 Islamic community center was largely fueled by politicians and pundits exploiting 9/11 in the midst of election season, now we know for sure. There's hardly a mention of Park51, (yes, it does have a real name other than the...

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My Husband Didn't Stand for Hate

(203) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 10:24 AM

This time of year is always very hard for me. The rapid drop in humidity, the crispness of the air and clear blue of the sky that prior to September 11, 2001 could only be described as deliciously divine now catapult many 9/11 victims and family members, such...

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