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Swimmy Bat Mitzvah: The Aftermath

March 23, 2014

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She did it. And it was spectacular. I cannot begin to tell you all the wonderfulness that happened this weekend, but as soon as I find the words, I will. Until then, these are the words I said to Leah on the pulpit before she read from the Torah for the first time. Some of […]

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Join Us

March 13, 2014

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Next weekend, all of Leah’s hard work is going to pay off. See, I’ve explained to Leah that next week, around noon on Saturday, when all the hard parts of the service are behind her, she is going to read that last word, look up, exhale, smile, and it will be at the moment that […]

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Stupidly Enlightening

January 27, 2014

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Over the weekend, I did something colossally stupid – and very enlightening. I accidentally took Benjamin’s ADD medication – and some of his anti-anxiety medication, too. I know. It astounds even me. Basically, I was multi-tasking.  I was on the phone with a friend working out a potential carpool situation ahead of Sunday School, preparing […]

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An Incomplete Win

January 10, 2014

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This isn’t the post I was prepared to write. And, oddly, that is both a good and a bad thing. Leah’s bat mitzvah is at the end of March. During the service, for the first time in her life, she will read from the Torah – a very big deal that she prepares for MONTHS […]

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Doing It Wrong On Purpose

December 10, 2013

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Leah is twelve years old and we have not talked about sex. Or drugs. Or smoking. Or drinking. According to every popular parenting blog, or philosophy, or opinion, I am doing it wrong. I am failing my kid. Some would say I am downright irresponsible. Maybe. But, I don’t really care. See, somewhere along the […]

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Delicious Moments

November 27, 2013

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It all started with a blueberry loaf. My delightful cousin Sara came over to pick up something I was sharing with her, and in exchange, she left a homemade blueberry loaf. I had asked Leah if she wanted a piece, and she declared, “We have some really GOOD cooks in our family.” You know what? […]

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Sunday Wanderings

November 17, 2013

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Today, as part of her preparation to become a Bat Mitzvah, Leah is helping out at Mitzvah Day at our synagogue. (A mitzvah is a “good deed.”) She has a special connection to animals (they all love her, seriously), as does her partner, and so they are working with the Friends for Life mobile van […]

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Cans and Shoulds

November 15, 2013

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I’ve been staring at this blinking cursor for 27 minutes and still don’t have the words. There are these things that happen. These moments where all you hear is breath – and all you feel is this odd sensation that your feet aren’t on the floor. You’re falling, but standing up. You’d grab on to […]

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Treasure Hunting

November 5, 2013

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Seeing as the house renovations start next week, it was finally time to get everything cleared out. You know what that means, right? THE CABINETS AND DRAWERS. Where all the best things hide. I mean, you never know what you will find when you clean out a house that holds 60 years of history, but […]

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Vampire Donuts – Because Awesome Counts

October 31, 2013

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See those teeny vampire donuts up there? I made those today. At six in the morning, actually. Not from scratch, but from heart. No one was more surprised than I, let me assure you. This is not my M.O., the six-in-the-morning part. But, here’s why. I sometimes think about what the kids will remember when […]

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