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Five Reasons School Starting in August is Wrong

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School starts in August in many school districts across the country, and that’s just plain wrong. First of all, it’s usually not on a Monday. If administrators are going to start school in what is ostensibly only the third-quarter of summer, then the least they can do is do it on a Monday.  That way […]

The Ticket List

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It all started in 10th grade on the dark wood fold-down seats of my high school auditorium. The lights dimmed. I sat there landlocked as a dozen of my best, best friends, all Jewish, appeared on stage in full habits as nuns in The Sound of Music. I’d appeared in my elementary school productions of […]

Brisket and the Art of Long-Term Friendship

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I landed a job in the admissions department of a small Lutheran college in New Jersey. The fact that I knew nothing about college admissions wasn’t nearly as strange as the fact that I was the only Jewish staff member, and most likely, the only Jewish person on campus. I picked up on the way […]

Are you a Promo-Mom?

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I don’t have enough to do so I’m adding a new blog and possibly a part-time, online job to my to-do list. So in between checking things off and checking them twice, I wonder – will the lure of traffic and trackbacks, tweets and stumbles, pings and links, as well as five nanoseconds of cyber-fame […]

What Are We Doing Today?

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It will be thirty-four degrees tonight – and even if the temperature doesn’t agree — summer is only weeks away. So as the season of sun and surf (and mosquitoes and bees) looms, I realize this is the first time since my daughter was four she isn’t going to day camp for eight weeks or […]

Being Hip

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"I’ve lost thirty pounds and nothing has changed except the size of my jeans," I said to my therapist.  She nodded as therapists do.   "It has nothing to do with my weight, does it?"  It really wasn’t a question. Throughout my married life my husband would stand behind me, feign a hug, and then push […]

Stroller Anxiety

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I kicked. I wiggled. I shook. I cursed. I banged.   I couldn’t fold the stroller. Me, with my baby already in his car seat snuggly in the back of the car and our top-of-the-line Perego in the parking lot of the mall on our first official outing – and I couldn’t fold the damn […]

My Martin Luther King Day dream

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I can picture my mom and my grandmother — although I don’t remember which grandmother. They were in the kitchen of house where I grew up. Someone was emptying the dishwasher. They were wearing matching pendants on long gold-tone chains. The pendant was a circle, and inside was a small, dime-size photo of Dr. Martin […]

Taming The Food Scrooge and Staying Healthy: An Interview with Robin Miller of Food Network

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There’s so much to think about at holiday time, what to wear (will it fit?), what to buy (how much will it cost?), what to cook (what kind of face will my kid make?) and what to eat (how many calories is that?). And, not only are we entertaining – where we have control over […]

Bringing Ourselves To The Table

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Carrot kugel tastes great with Thanksgiving turkey – and ham. Who knew? The first year my kids and I shared Thanksgiving with some of our closest friends who are not Jewish like us, it was time to start a new family tradition. In an effort to make it a combined family holiday instead of one […]