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Conversations About Freedom & Slavery

For the last two nights, we’ve sat around a finely laid table, discussing issues of freedom and slavery. Every year, Jews are instructed to retell the Passover story, the Exodus from Egypt, the exit from enslavement to freedom. And every … Continue reading »

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The Circle of Life – Like the Lion King Song

I sat on the brick hedge in the yard, warm winds swirling under a gray spring sky, and wept. It has been so many years since I sat in my grandparents’ living room, around their long majestic table, my grandfather’s … Continue reading »

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Filling a Hole in my Heart

All the years of my life, until my grandmother started her decline in the last two years of her life, carefully chosen cards arrived for me at every holiday. The Jewish ones,  yes, and the secular ones – Valentine’s as … Continue reading »

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You Can Always Go Home

The other night, my lovely Eliana had a fit of nervousness about leaving for 5th grade camp. That, coupled with my imminent departure for 3 weeks in India, had my daughter in tears, wondering how we’ll endure the separation. It … Continue reading »

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New Horizons

I left the house where I’d lived for almost 11 years and didn’t look back, driven by adrenaline to the new place, the now, the future. I spent Tuesday unpacking and directing movers, then fell into a strange bed with … Continue reading »

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The Art & Science of Moving

Over the weekend, the kids and I went room to room and shared stories, memories, fondness for things that happened in each one over the last 11 years. As excited as we are to move to the new house tomorrow, … Continue reading »

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Letting Go…A Mother’s Hardest Job

Asher went to ski club for the first time the other night. For a week, I was nervous beyond belief – what if he falls off a chairlift God Forbid? What if he doesn’t have any friends in the ski … Continue reading »

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The Men Are Not Always in Charge, You Know

When I got married the first time, my mother insisted that the invitations had to be addressed to Mr. and Mrs. with the man’s name first. I did it to respect my mother, but really I hated the old-fashioned patriarchy … Continue reading »

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Everywhere I Turn…

…as the Ferris wheel was being taken apart and the race horses were being loaded into vans and entertainers were packing up their belongings and driving away in their trailers, Charlotte died. The Fair Grounds were soon deserted. The sheds … Continue reading »

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Memories

My grandfather had big hands, soft hands, a big voice and an ever-ready smile. He used to call me “Cookie!” And I was never too old for a hug or a cuddle. He’s been gone now 12 years. This morning, … Continue reading »

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