Tag: Family

"But also," an annual exploration of September Grief

"But also," an annual exploration of September Grief
This time of year is hard. It’s hard when you have kids, and you’re transitioning from summer to school, and the children are exhausted and you’re exhausted and everyone is raw from the sudden change of pace. It’s hard when you’re Jewish, and you’re thrust into the High Holy Days, and whatever level of involvement... Read more »

It's Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so here's an Expert!

It's Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so here's an Expert!
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. As you know, I write a lot about mental health, but today I want to hand over this platform to an amazing mental health warrior, Sarah Fader. She’s writing here today about being a mental health advocate for your children, because early intervention is the best intervention, and an active... Read more »

What I've Learned in 10 Years of Marriage

What I've Learned in 10 Years of Marriage
Mike and I have been married for ten years and a week. I tend to think of Memorial Day weekend as our anniversary, regardless of where it actually falls on the calendar. We were married the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and spent the entire following three days reveling in our love and Mike’s survival. Weddings... Read more »
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Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After
I write about the idea of “Happily Ever After” a lot. Really, a ton. I write about seeing every day as a beautiful part of the love story of your life. I write about letting go of “forever” and living for the moment, even the shitty ones. Considering that I don’t really believe in “Happily Ever... Read more »

When the Angel of Death Passes You Over

When the Angel of Death Passes You Over
On Wednesday, M had another round of MRIs, another meeting with his neuro-oncologist, another of those long days where you are constantly both questioning and trying not to question. They’re hard days. No matter how romantic we get inside the hospital, they’re hard days. In some ways, they’re harder now then they used to be.... Read more »

Nazis and Brain Cancer- A Waiting Game

Nazis and Brain Cancer- A Waiting Game
My husband had a seizure on Friday night. He was driving, halfway between Chicago and Ann Arbor, MI, alone. He was able to pull to the side of the freeway, and I was able to get family to collect him and drive him to me, where I was waiting, three hours away. It could mean... Read more »
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On Burnout, and Gratitude

On Burnout, and Gratitude
What I want to write is a wrap-up of my BlogHer17 trip, the friends I made, the blogs you should follow immediately, the lessons I’ve learned… but I can’t just now. I was up all night being sick, and before I could even put clothes on again yesterday morning I was on the phone, talking fundraisers,... Read more »

Pretending: A Motherhood Story

Pretending: A Motherhood Story
A few weeks ago, I was profoundly honored to be a member of the final cast of Listen To Your Mother, a storytelling on stage series Chicago has joined in with for the last six years. This was my second time on the LTYM stage, and it was as humbling and beautiful as my first.... Read more »

Standing Up For My Family

Standing Up For My Family
Two days ago, I stood in front of my Congressman’s office and spoke about what the AHCA means for my family.   Part of me wants to pause right here and make excuses for my appearance. For not being thin enough, or pretty enough, or whatever it is I think I must be to be... Read more »
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Begging My Congressman For My Family's Lives

Begging My Congressman For My Family's Lives
It seems impossibly cruel, and yet, this is the life I currently live. One where, by hook or by crook, by any means accessible, I have to find a way to literally beg my Congressman not to kill my family. Let me take a step back. Almost ten years ago, my life turned upside down. In... Read more »