Posts in category "Growing up"

A bar mitzvah, a teal prom dress & a catering hall: Do you believe in destiny?

On this day, thirty years ago, my husband celebrated his bar mitzvah at the one and only Richfield Regency in Verona, New Jersey. Supposedly, there was a band, a conga line and a blonde lead singer who led the conga line with her ‘nice tushy.’ [When an Italian marries a nice Jewish boy, you learn... Read more »

5 Reasons to Go to Your High School Reunion

In 2007, people kept saying to me “Why aren’t you on Facebook?” and I kept saying “I don’t get it. I’m already in touch with everyone I want to be in touch with. What’s the point? … I have email.  … and oh, I’m on LinkedIn!” to which those same people would shake their heads... Read more »

Middle school: Was it middle hell for you?

How many guys have you gone with? You would think after reading Molly Backes’ young adult novel Princesses of Iowa and interviewing her for Behind the Book, my thoughts would be taking me back to high school.  But, the little spaceship in my head that travels back in time is being propelled even further.  I’m... Read more »

Would you steal the Baby Jesus?

He looked so shiny and ripe for the taking.  And big.  Only in Belleville, New Jersey could a manger that big sit on the high school lawn with nary an objection.   There was also a big Mary and a big Joseph.  Some animals too.  And they all seemed to glow as a warm light was shining down – not just... Read more »