Category Archives: family value

The Cycle of Life Keeps Spinning: My Niece’s Bat Mitzvah

I didn’t tear up this much when I was younger. As my niece ascended the bimah last night for her bat mitzvah, the tears threatened to come. When she spoke about my sister’s triumphant fight against cancer six years ago, … Continue reading »

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Apple Picking on a Sunday

It was a better birthday idea than roller skating. First, we drove over the lumpy road to the orchards, where all the cars and the women in tall black boots and fancy sweaters reached up to a branch and down … Continue reading »

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100 Days of Real Food: Cookbook Review

I’ve been making almond milk from scratch since July – one cup of almonds soaked overnight in water, drained and blended on high with 5 cups of water and 1-2 dates, then strained of pulp and poured into a jar … Continue reading »

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Best Vacation Ever

Sometimes, you just don’t know how good you have it. Seriously. I have traveled the globe and visited some pretty remarkable places. I went far and away in search of myself and over the past few days, I have realized … Continue reading »

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Lifelong Friendship

At my second birthday party, Melissa wore a dress and a party hat and carried a red square purse. There is a picture of her standing amid the hubbub, her sweet face and ponytails very familiar to me. When my … Continue reading »

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Visiting the Holocaust Museum with my Son

You begin with a history of how it all came to be, the brilliant curation of exhibits backed by strategic lighting and design, height and weight and magnitude. You walk down, down, down into darkness as you enter the era … Continue reading »

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I Always Wanted 5 Kids

They sat around the table in my kitchen nook gobbling up the roasted potatoes, farmers market broccoli, salad, watermelon and hot dogs, laughing all the while. Then the boys took off for the basement and the Wii, while the girls … Continue reading »

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Last Day of Vacation

The sun is gleaming gold this morning and the house is silent. Dinner party last night with all the family around, celebrating my in-laws’ 50 years of marriage. Gold and yellow foods for the golden anniversary. And then, moonlight and … Continue reading »

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Starry, Starry Night

With the sky charcoal gray and the stars pinpoints of light across a huge canvas, we stood on the sand and watched the kids scatter across the beach for spotlight tag. Cousins – some biological, some inherited by marriage – … Continue reading »

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#MomOfTweens

Eye rolls. OMGs. Exclamations just because. Requests for Frappuccinos. In the car: he’s annoying me! She’s looking at me. He’s such a jerk.  I tagged the wrong place on the photo. I tagged the wrong photo. I looked at him … Continue reading »

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