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What I’m Reading Now: Helene Wecker’s “The Golem and the Jinni”

Book recommendations from friends have been one of the wins of this pandemic year. I always tend to read very different sort of books from the ones usually on my list when it’s a friend handing it over. The Golem … Continue reading

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Katherine May’s “Wintering”: What I’m Reading Now

I finally finished Katherine May‘s Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. I say “finally,” because while I normally read fast, I savored this book. Saved it for bedtime each night, snuggled up under our three fleece … Continue reading

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Pandemic Parenting: Sending my kids back to school after 305 days at home

Today is the first day in 305 days that I have been away from both my children. The last time was March 12, 2020, when they went to school for the day before the Covid-19 pandemic changed all our lives … Continue reading

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Entering the Festival of Lights – Happy Hanukkah!

Yesterday was the first day of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. Here’s a link to my newspaper column last year, in which I wrote about its history, with the help of some of my childhood friends. To … Continue reading

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Do your Christmas ornaments tell a story?

It’s difficult to play favorites. But my favorite Christmas ornaments are those which mean something specific: the ones collected on trips and adventures, those given me by friends, and those which hung on my grandparents’ tree. A brief history (photos … Continue reading

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Pandemic isolation and small divinities

A friend of mine posted yesterday a simple message asking us to offer compassion and even small gestures of kindness to ourselves and others. She’s a nurse, and so is her sister. To say this pandemic time has been hard … Continue reading

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Small wonders

One of the small wonders of the pandemic–which resulted in us choosing virtual school for our daughters, ages 11 and 7–has been turning our dining room into a schoolroom. Because we were basically using it as storage (it’s a dark, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Will Shakespeare … whoever you are

My apologies, dear friends and readers, for being so absent. I was not the most frequent of communicators before Covid-19 sent all our lives into a tailspin, and now, well … we all know what now is. My creative life … Continue reading

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Parenting in a Time of Coronavirus

When I opened my eyes this morning I immediately thought, “Here we go again.” There are many Mondays when I wake up and think this, especially as a parent. Because Mondays mean a new school week, which means waking my … Continue reading

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Going Facebook dark for Lent

If Lent is part of your religious tradition, you may have used those 40 days as a time to “give up” something over the years, be it a persnickety personal habit or a food in which you tend to overindulge. … Continue reading

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