Category Archives: family value

Parenting Tweens

Yesterday, 10 6th-grade girls filled my house to make holiday cookies, decorate them with frosting and colorful edible beads and sprinkles, watch a movie and eat pizza. The volume level rose, with high-pitched squeals and giggles, and the energy increased, … Continue reading »

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The Family Gathering

The bickering began soon after we pulled out of the driveway and headed down the highway. Never mind the steam-spewing factories and rush-hour congested roadways. Inside the car, piled high with suitcase and snacks and my daughter’s viola, the children … Continue reading »

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Land of the Misfits

You know what it’s like – you just don’t fit in. Wherever you go, whatever you do, the beat in your head is different syncopation than the beat everyone else marches to. Yesterday, I had a fulfilling conversation with a … Continue reading »

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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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