Archive for September 2017

The Art of the Apology: Focus On Repair

I am in the 22nd hour of fasting for Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement. The thinking is that by withholding all food and water, we clear our minds to focus on our behaviors from the past year. We make apologies for our mistakes, and we promise to do better in the new year.... Read more »

Ten Ways to Donate to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Relief

As a result of Hurricane Maria, conditions in Puerto Rico are desperate. Puerto Ricans are American citizens, and they deserve our help. No power:Hurricane Maria knocked out power to the island of 3.4 million Americans. Dwindling food and fuel: Residents are facing hunger as well as a fuel crisis. Curfew enforced: Due to extreme conditions, Puerto Rico Gov.... Read more »

Trump, Football Players, and Little House on the Prairie: How Current Events and Historical Perspective Teach Us About Racism

My youngest daughter is reading the Little House on the Prairie books, a series that I absolutely loved as a child. When I read the series over thirty years ago, I marveled at the charm and hardship of life as a pioneer. I remembered how Pa and Ma had to make every last thing from... Read more »
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Reconciling Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: When Your Baby Is Not Inscribed in the Book of Life

I began fasting for Yom Kippur at age eleven. Every year, no matter what, I abstained from food and water from sundown to sundown on the Jewish Day of Atonement. The High Holy Days begin with Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – and they culminate ten days later with Yom Kippur. Ever since... Read more »

Top Ten Things I Won't Miss About Raising Kids

Oh, parenthood, sometimes you are such a chore. Here are the top ten things I won’t miss when the little birdies finally leave the nest: Cooking a healthy dinner that nobody eats. There’s nothing like spending time I don’t have preparing a healthy meal for the family, only to have the kids scream and cry... Read more »

Adoptees and Lying: Why A Child Might Be Telling Lies

“My child is always telling lies. It started at a young age and it has just gotten worse over time. Why is this happening? Is it common among adoptees? What should I do?” I frequently receive messages about adoptees that struggle with chronic lying. It’s something that is not discussed enough in adoption circles, because... Read more »
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Hasbro wows a young Star Wars fangirl at HASCON and thanks her for asking #WheresRey.

Hasbro wows a young Star Wars fangirl at HASCON and thanks her for asking #WheresRey.
In 2016, 8-year-old Annie Rose wrote a viral letter to Hasbro, asking #WheresRey in Star Wars Monopoly.  The Star Wars Monopoly game that was released ahead of The Force Awakens featured four male tokens: Kylo Renn, Finn, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Annie Rose, like many others, wanted Rey to be included, since she was the... Read more »