I love this state. It’s got everything mashed into one easy to navigate travel size. You can go from gritty urban streets to the beach and then to the mountains all in the same day if you wanted. You can eat the sweetest fruits and juiciest sun-warmed tomatoes every summer at our many farmers’ markets. You can hear great music, drink great beer, get a terrific education and enjoy cultural and ethnic diversity. It’s true we have some big problems, including high property taxes, and we can be a rough crowd. But when you get to know us you’ll discover that we are champions of the underdog, and share his correspondingly soft and vulnerable underbelly.
So for the A-to-Z Challenge this April I’m giving it my all and posting a “flash” piece a day. A little literary homage to my beloved Garden State inspired by stuff seen, heard or connected to my beloved New Jersey. They may be short but just like New Jersey, they won’t all be sweet.
See you soon.