Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away (a.k.a. when I attended Sunday School as a child), I recall grasping the parallel between Hanukkah’s miracle of a vial of oil lasting 8 days and frying latkes in oil. It made sense then just as it does in my adulthood.

Monday, November 25, 2019
Thursday, October 03, 2019

Watching the new documentary “Jim Allison: Breakthrough,” which opens Friday, Oct. 4, at the Tivoli Theatre, I considered the possibility that if James Allison had been born 15 or 20 years sooner, my mom might be alive today.

Thursday, August 08, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

As a lactose-intolerant adult, I have grown accustomed to life without cheese. Having never been a huge fan except for the gooey stuff atop a deep-dish pizza, this is not much of a problem for my taste buds. I will, however, admit to craving — and missing — an occasional Dairy Queen Blizzard…

Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Thursday, June 06, 2019

The criminal investigations that special counsel Robert Mueller led for the Department of Justice for the last two years were not about Donald Trump or Donald Jr. or Michael Cohen or George Papadopoulos or Michael Flynn or any of the many other members of the Trump gang that couldn’t shoot s…

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Independence Day commemorates the establishment of Israel as an independent Jewish state. This inspirational declaration was announced on May 14, 1948 by the Jewish leadership, led by future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. 

Friday, May 25, 2018
Monday, April 09, 2018

I love my kids. Truth be told, though, sometimes I don’t always love feeling like I have to attend every one of their activities. For a while, I compared myself to other parents—who seemed so eager to sit through every single minute of every single game—and wondered what was wrong with me. W…

Friday, February 09, 2018

Over the past few weeks, my kids have been registering for high school   These days, the choices of electives are incredible. Students are able to take subjects ranging from improvisation to music theory from sculpture to broadcasting. If I were 14, I would be thrilled with what possibilitie…

Monday, December 11, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I don’t really have a “thing.”  I have hobbies, yes, but a thing, not really.  I love to cook and I’m good at it.  Some people might even say I’m really good at it, but am I Julia Child or Ina Garten?  I’m not.  I enjoy playing tennis and I’m a decent player, but …

Monday, September 11, 2017
Thursday, July 06, 2017

I don’t know about you, but one of the aspects I like best about camp is that my kids spend time away from social media. My kids agree. They welcome the time to connect with their friends face-to-face without the interruption of phones or video games or posting or likes.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The end of the school year and the beginning of summer means ceremonies…lots and lots of ceremonies. I like a good ceremony or recital or performance or competition as much as the next person, but they all need to come with some parameters.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Fellow parents, I think we've been sold a bill of goods. Parenting has always been hard, but these days, people of our generation knock themselves out in the name of giving our kids “every opportunity." We spend our lives shuttling from one music or art lesson to the next, from one select sp…