cindy capitani

cindy capitani
Rutherford, New Jersey,
August 11
wordsmith. left the paragraph factory for a private atelier. follow me on Twitter @cindycap

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We’re all sitting around the large kitchen table in the rear of our 22nd Street home in Union City, NJ. It’s stew night, and who’s excited?

 My mom. Because stew is a cook-it-all-in-one-pot meal. My dad, because he loves meat and potatoes. My sister, because she loves just ab… Read full post »

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JANUARY 11, 2010 1:34AM

SKC new year's breakfast: OMG! Crabby eggs benedict

There’s no better meal than breakfast. I wake-up hungry, and though a simple slice of Arnold’s Oat Bran toast with melted Irish sweet butter sprinkled with organic sugar mixed with Saigon cinnamon will usually suffice, there’s nothing like a real breakfast. Yes, the kind you sit dow… Read full post »

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JANUARY 5, 2010 10:31AM

Jets make it to the playoffs as owner’s daughter found dead

When Jets’ owner Woody Johnson went to bed on Sunday night, he was probably feeling good about himself. The team he paid $635 million for in 2000 – the most money ever paid for a New York team -- a team with way more losses than wins over the years, upsets… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 18, 2009 9:29AM

The teacher was wrong, but the parents are crazy

New Jersey is in the national news again, this time for making a third grader cry during free reading time.

A teacher at Madison Park Elementary School in Old Bridge told Mariah to put away her Bible, that it wasn’t appropriate free-time reading material. The kid… Read full post »

I’m probably dying of the bubonic plague. Or Swine Flu. Likely both. And because I know it’s ridiculous to starve anything, let alone a cold or pneumonia, I got up at 5 a.m. (I can’t sleep when I’m coughing to death) and decided to cook.

Soup.… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 14, 2009 9:18AM

So this is what we do when we get old(er)

We email our nieces advice and tell them “when I was your age …” and then Tweet links to Bay City Roller fan pages that (shockingly) still exist. Then find youtube videos and sing along to “Saturday Night” so many times, even the cat looks up embarrassed, horrified, and… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2009 9:50AM

What does Iran fear most? New Jersey

Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari knew he was screwed when the Iranian captors who held his life in their hands at the notorious Evin prison accused him of having been to New Jersey.

Bahari, a dual citizen of Canada and Iran who lives in London, was jailed for 118… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2009 12:38PM

Can you write a novel in 30 days?

Well, you actually have less than 30 days now. National Novel Writing Month started Nov. 1 and the goal is to complete a book – a short one, just 50,000 words – by Nov. 30. Hey, if you jump in now, that’s only 2,500 words a day.

 I’m… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 5, 2009 5:14PM

Have you hugged a journalist today? It’s Newspaper Week!

 So yes, you should find the nearest journalist and give her a great big bear hug and say “thanks for fighting the good fight.” And then go out and buy a newspaper – one of those harbingers of aged news still sold in every convenience store.

 C’mon now. Thank… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 12:47PM

100 things you don’t know about women

Esquire magazine is rather brilliant and I make it a point to not only subscribe, but get its e-newletters and Tweets. (And they get my Tweets, which really makes me feel rather cool.)

My subscription to Esquire has puzzled some people, because it is, after all, a magazine for… Read full post »

When I read about the new iPhone app that tracks the swine flu, I thought it was a joke. But it’s not. The free app was developed by Childrens Hospital Boston and the MIT Media Lab. Reports are sourced from both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control… Read full post »

His long ponytail hit my shoulder as he leaned to yell into my ear, “Can you believe this? I can’t believe it. Fuck, man!”

JoAnn Merlinghaus/

Photo by JoAnn Merklinghaus/

He punched the air in a hi-five, victorious way and I stepped back to eyeball him.… Read full post »

New York Times editor Frank LaForge retweeted a link to an article that posed a question I never thought I’d ponder: Who owns my Twitter identity?

 Of course a mere three years ago, twitter was a verb, not a proper noun, and it certainly didn’t have an… Read full post »

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JULY 24, 2009 1:08PM

NJ & corruption, perfect together (& now with kidneys!)

At first, news of the big FBI round-up of corrupt politico types didn't interest me a lot, except to see if I knew anyone on the list, and what local news angle could be uncovered.

Corruption in NJ is rather common place, even when there's over 40 people involved, one… Read full post »
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JULY 19, 2009 8:51PM

Author Frank McCourt taught me about being Irish Catholic

Though he’ll always be remembered as the Pulitzer Prize winning author, whose memoir Angela’s Ashes spent over 100 weeks on the bestseller list, Frank McCourt, was primarily, a teacher. For over 30 years, he taught in the New York City school district, and though I first came to know him… Read full post »

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JULY 16, 2009 5:03PM

Aftermath of a layoff Part 2: Spared again, but now what?

This is the 3rd, maybe the 4th -- I’m losing track -- layoff in the past year at my newspaper. The layoff gods have been good to me, and were again once more. I’m happy to say I still have a job, I remain among the employed, still a working journalist.… Read full post »

They took the back roads in a Chevy Impala, arriving mid-weekend for what would turnout to be one of the most memorable music festivals in history.

Little did they know they too would become a part of that history, lovers huddled standing under a blanket in a sea of mud, sleeping bodies… Read full post »

I don’t do conflict. In fact, I do everything to avoid it and that might perhaps be why I have a lot of friends and few enemies – maybe no enemies. I’ve never raised a fist, rarely raise my voice and when I’m angry I might sigh or grunt, but in… Read full post »

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JULY 2, 2009 10:15AM

Another round of layoffs, another day at the newsroom

It’s kind of sad when the start of a quarter signals a memo from corporate. No need for a rumor mill – though it’s there nonetheless – history’s been the indicator, and the numbers don’t lie. And just as Tuesday always follows Wednesday and July follows June, the 3… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2009 5:53PM

The paradox of relationships

There’s not a subject I ponder more than relationships. Not just between men and women – though that’s been my area of obsession since I first read “Betsy and the Boys” at age 6 or so -- but all relationships.

I think about the confused dynamic between parents and childr… Read full post »

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JUNE 25, 2009 7:33PM

Farrah, Michael, Walter Cronkite and me

They’re all older than me. Walter by many years (like, almost 50 years-- who's not dead but dying), Michael a handful, and Farrah in between.

Farrah’s death today at 62, is the hardest hitting, since it’s she whose hair and body had the biggest impact on my way-younger self. It&rsq… Read full post »

Wanda Oughton lived with about 150 cats in a 12 room mansion at the end of a cul-de-sac, the kind of upscale neighborhood where people know each other only if they go out of their way.

The houses are spread far apart by rolling green lawns, and it’s a long walk… Read full post »

The deadline is May 30 -- so act now! All it takes is an opening sentence to an imagined sequel to any book of your choosing.

 That's it. The site is and it's free, fun and challenging. In addition to your opening sentence, you have to provide what you… Read full post »

Last night I had to fend myself from an attacker. Right in my bedroom. Luckily, I was smarter that than he was – maybe she, it was hard to tell. And bigger too. I had the advantage.

Ultimately I overcame my assailant before any bloodshed. He/she is dead now; I didn’t… Read full post »

There's really nothing worse than working Memorial Day weekend. Well, yes, of course there is. But let's pretend there's nothing worse.

So you're stuck working. Your work will consist of editing stories about  -- you guessed it -- Memorial Day parades! What fun! I know. I’m grateful to our… Read full post »