Category Archives: soul-searching

The Days are Getting Packed Again

I swore I wouldn’t let this happen. I vowed that once I returned from my travels, I would make sure my days didn’t get too full, so I could focus on the work and spread out the meetings. But alas, … Continue reading »

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Lauren Francis-Sharma: Til the Well Runs Dry

Sometimes, your mission is right there in front of you and you don’t even realize it. That’s how it came to be for Lauren Francis-Sharma, the author of ‘Til the Well Runs Dry, an historical novel based on her own mother’s … Continue reading »

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What’s In a Name?

A childhood neighbor’s father died this past week, and I sent off notes to her and her husband with my condolences. She married a man from my high school class, and I noticed on the Facebook profile her maiden name, how … Continue reading »

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The Comedown After a Trip

Jet lag is waning, thankfully, so I rolled out of bed at 5 a.m. I love the stillness of the early morning, when all is dark and quiet, save for the radiators wheezing awake. I’ve been home now for 43 … Continue reading »

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The Art of Living Simply

On the plane home from Israel, we sat beside a young man originally from Cincinnati, who as a bright college grad decided to move to Israel permanently. He now works for a tech company and travels the world hawking his … Continue reading »

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Try to Understand this Love of the Land

Today is our last day in Israel…until the next time. That’s the thing about Israel, at least for the Jews. Once you come, you keep coming back. You realize that as wonderful as life is wherever you live, it’s a … Continue reading »

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How Can I Explain my Love for Israel?

Even for a writer, there are sometimes no words for the incredibleness of this place. Right now, I sit on a mountaintop with absolute perfect Shabbat silence outside my open window, the occasional bird squeaking and a distant dog barking. … Continue reading »

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A Simple Sweet Saturday Morning

I am still in my pajamas. For those of you who know me, this is quite late for lounging around. Usually, I am up and dressed by 6 a.m., 6:30 at the latest, and ready to face the day. But … Continue reading »

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Finding Where You Fit

Have you ever arrived somewhere, looked around, and just known in your bones that it’s where you belong? It happened to me recently at a yoga concert one Sunday night. I sat on a blanket with two of my children … Continue reading »

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Missing the Ball

I brought my racquet back, didn’t even glance at where the yellow fuzzy ball was hitting the strings. My eyes were focused on the other side of the net, in the far corner, where I wanted to hit it down … Continue reading »

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