In The Little Gate Crasher: The Life And Photos of Mace Bugen, I remember my Great-Uncle Mace Bugen through his journey as a first-generation Jewish-American kid in working class Philipsburg, NJ to becoming the first celebrity selfie artist – way ahead of his time.

Featuring vintage photos of Mace with his exploits, The Little Gate Crasher captures three decades of American pop culture, seen through the unique lens of Mace and his gate-crashing exploits.

Underneath his antics, we meet a complex man who continually defies others expectations and meets life on his own terms. Mace becomes a successful businessman and devoted son to his aging parents. But in his gate-crashing antics, we best get to see Mace’s unique combination of guile, cunning and sense of entitlement, which he used to engineer photos of himself with some of the biggest celebrities of his day. If people were going to stare at him all of his life, he would give them something to see.

The Little Gate Crasher features over 50 vintage photos of Mace with celebrities, athletes and politicians, including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Muhammed Ali, Richard Nixon, Jane Russel, Joe DiMaggio and more.

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This journal is for fellow parents as a place to take time away and express your hopes, dreams, challenges and fears. No one is going to give us permissions to reflect – we need to claim that time. Whether you write daily, weekly or whenever you make time, parents can open the journal to the prompt that interests you at that time. In this journal, you get to tell your own story. This is a place where you don’t need to respond to anyone’s projections or visions. You have so many stories to share with the world about what you learn from parenting your child every day – and you begin by telling those stories to yourself. What you pour into this journal may just be for your eyes – or it may be something that you share with a partner, best friend, fellow parent. When your child needs extra supports, your journey demands more of you. It’s essential to create space that is yours, where you can express whatever you are feeling.

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Wedding planning can be a stressful experience. Keeping track of all the details – deciding who to invite, choosing a caterer, arranging the reception – can sometimes lead to a couple forgetting about the bigger picture and the significance of this day in their lives: a joyous occasion that should reflect not only your personality, but your values, as well.

Inspiring and useful, The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Edition, can help you reclaim your wedding day from the whirlwind of details and bring out the honesty and integrity you desire in your wedding experience.

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