Monica Toups

Warped Tour, Jacksonville, FL

WARPED OUT – A Parent’s Journey Into Rock Heaven, Warped Tour 2015

We all grow up. It is inevitable. Some of us though, fight the tide of time, long into adulthood. We all do it, in various ways; holding on to a long loved hobby, music genre, or some ritual experience. If you are a parent, you get a special kind of ticket into the past. Children are often the conduit through which we get to revisit past experiences- and simultaneously- see these experiences though the lense of our advancing years. We hoped to have such an experience, when my husband and I took our oldest sons, ages twelve and ten, to …

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WARPED OUT – A Parent’s Journey Into Rock Heaven, Warped Tour 2015

We all grow up. It is inevitable. Some of us though, fight the tide of time, long into adulthood. We all do it, in various ways; holding on to a long loved hobby, music genre, or some ritual experience. If you are a parent, you get a special kind of ticket into the past. Children are often the conduit through which we get to revisit past experiences- and simultaneously- see these experiences though the lense of our advancing years. We hoped to have such an experience, when my husband and I took our oldest sons, ages twelve and ten, to …

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Living in Murray Hill

As a serial renter, I have resided in most of Jacksonville’s urban neighborhoods. I have lived in  for more than three years now, and it is by far the most welcoming neighborhood I’ve inhabited. The business owners remember you and what you like, and the people out and about say “hello” to you on your walk. It is only becoming easier to be a good neighbor, as the local organizations develop a presence online, and we residents are able to come together digitally, as well as personally. In the realm of personal interaction, I went to a  and Friends of …

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