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The Familiarity of Family

We sat on the deck, half the table bathing in late-day sunlight, the other half comfortable in shade. The kids cut through their steaks, cooked perfectly on the grill. I forked up salad in just the right amount of dressing. … Continue reading »

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The Books We Keep on a Shelf

When we moved into this house, we had more books than shelves to keep them on. We donated boxes, gave away the duplicates. Some are still in boxes – one in the dining room in the corner that we never … Continue reading »

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Welcome Home: Housewarming Party

For months we’ve been saying we would combine a housewarming party with the 4th of July, since our new house faces the golf course over which our city explodes fireworks every year. It felt like so far away, sometime out … Continue reading »

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Jews Send Our Kids to Overnight Camps

I am in peer pressure hell. Jews send our kids to overnight camp. It’s like a rite of passage, a given, a duh!, and if you don’t do it, you’re the odd mom out. My Gentile friends send their kids, … Continue reading »

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Childhood is So Fleeting

We arrived home from dinner with friends at 9:30, and several of the children were asleep in the car. The night was dark and star-lit. We left the car on the driveway and pulled back the seat, so I could … Continue reading »

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Seeing It From All Sides

Mornings in my house are like a row of dominoes: one falls, all the rest fall in quick succession. Someone’s tired, it’s time to get ready for school, they lay down on the floor and fall back asleep. Another whines … Continue reading »

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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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