Tag: Holidays

Next Year is its own Resolution

Next Year is its own Resolution
There is a desperation that comes at the end of the year. All the things not yet accomplished, all the things to begin fresh with the new year. Lists of goals and resolutions and the abortive calculus of “better than” versus “working on” multiplied by “Things That Have Changed.” After Thanksgiving, it’s all a matter of... Read more »

A Plea for 'Happy Holidays' during a Rise in American Antisemitism

A Plea for 'Happy Holidays' during a Rise in American Antisemitism
Last week, I stopped taking my children to the store. I’ll start again in a month or so, but for now, I am avoiding bringing them to any stores. Target, Walgreen’s, Jewel-Osco, Costco, anywhere that a family of five might regularly shop. It’s the only way I know to protect them from Christmas Creep. You... Read more »

"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 »
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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 »

Four Words That Will Help Me Save the World

Four Words That Will Help Me Save the World
Two days before Thanksgiving, M had his every-so-many-monthly MRI. For us, it was what it nearly always is. Inconvenient, but not unwelcome. Stressful, but less so than so many other aspects of our lives. Worrisome, but by no means the most worrisome thing in our lives. To be honest, two weeks after the election the... Read more »

Praying with Sinners

Praying with Sinners
Tonight is Kol Nidre, the start of Yom Kippur. For Jews, that means it is a time of reflection. A time to ask ourselves what we have done wrong in the past year, and to reflect on how to become better people in the year to come.   This last year has been, without a... Read more »
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5 Tricks for a Great Holiday Photo (or at least one that doesn't humiliate you to put in the mail)

5 Tricks for a Great Holiday Photo (or at least one that doesn't humiliate you to put in the mail)
This year, we had a beautiful holiday card, once again photographed at home by yours truly. That said, it was HELL. To get a few useable images, I had to take seventy pictures. That’s 70- seven zero. That is a lot of really exceptionally terrible pictures. It can be done. It can definitely be done.... Read more »

What My Five Year Old Taught Me About Jesus on Passover

What My Five Year Old Taught Me About Jesus on Passover
Her eyes were watering at light speed. The thin skin under her eyes and over her nose turning pinker and pinker as she tried to control her oncoming tears, trying to be a big girl. I opened up my arms and sighed, “Oh honey, I’m sorry,” which was the only thing I could think to... Read more »