Why I Love Getting Rid of the Garbage

And it’s not only because I’m a clean freak.

Battling the Winter Doldrums

How I learned to love winter.

Blaming Your Spouse

How many times do we blame our spouses for frustrating situations over which they have no control?

Are You Being Treated with Dignity?

And how are you treating others?

The Raucous Party Next Door

In all my years of being a neighbor, I have never witnessed this happening.

When My Husband Sat Shiva

We were overwhelmed by the kindness of others.

Covid Made Me Appreciate Hosting Guests

Suddenly the very thing we took for granted (and sometimes complained about) was taken away from us.

Our Ruined Trip Up the Hudson River

We went to see the breathtaking fall foliage. But there was one big problem: everything was green.

Charging By The Hour, Including Shmooze Time

Don't let your drive for money compromise your values.

Thank God It's Not Always Sunny on the East Coast

Why I love experiencing all four seasons.

Today’s Goal Is Patience; Repeat as Many Times as Necessary

How to deal with people's total lack of consideration.

How to Access the Joy of Sukkot

Joy comes from taking pleasure in the moment and not dwelling on what's missing.

Yom Kippur and the Importance of Keeping Your Word

Living in a society where talk is cheap, we need to ensure that our words mean something.

What On Earth Are We Arguing About?

Have you ever made plans to go out to dinner only to have something set you off or irritate you as you drove there?

You Know Your Faults. Do You Know Your Virtues?

Start the Jewish new year knowing your strengths.

But I Was Only Joking: When Teasing Hurts

We're not allowed to hurt others with our words, and that includes teasing and joking.

My House Feels Like a 24-Hour Diner and I Love It

Why the mess, the constant cooking and the chaos are totally worth it.

Working On Appreciating My Spouse during Elul

Because I am guilty of taking my marriage for granted.

Cut Your Spouse Some Slack

We give our friends and kids the benefit of the doubt. Shouldn't we do the same for the most important person in our life?

Learning from Kids who Play Together

Children haven’t yet learned to worry about what others think of them and to put others in restrictive boxes with alienating labels.

My Challenge in Overcoming Baseless Hatred

It's very hard for me to forgive anyone who has hurt my child.

Yearning for Israel after Covid Kept Us Away

So many of us are longing to be in Israel where the connection to spirituality is more tangible, more vibrant, more real.

How Covid Made Some Marriages Stronger

Many fractured unions did not survive, but strong marriages got even stronger.

Watching the Clock

I'm trying to overcome this destructive habit.

Our Untold Stories

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

Hope is in the Air

The world is opening up again and now is the time to concretize your post-pandemic commitment to change.

Powerless

The summer blackouts have arrived.

Re-Entry: Life after the Pandemic

What lessons do you want to take with you into your post-pandemic existence?

Appreciating My Jewishness

Recognizing the gift of Torah.

Michael Collins: The Almost Famous Astronaut

There's a good reason why you probably haven't heard of the astronaut who recently died.

Our Collective Tragedy

Even thousands of miles away, it’s our sorrow too. It’s our family in pain.

Apologies to Our New Daughter-in-Law

They're newly married and we already made a faux pas.

Counting On Your Neighbors

It is truly amazing to live in a community of such kindness.

My Wrinkles

The cashier's shocking comment about my age sent me into a tailspin.

Internalizing the Insights of Passover

The real work of Passover begins now.

Passover in the Shadow of Covid

We don’t need to return to “normal” in order to be happy.

True Freedom, Even in Lockdown

True freedom has nothing to do with our external circumstances - whether we can dine out or not. It's about our ability to choose.

My Dreaded Trip to the DMV

When we let go of prior expectations (and dare I say prejudices), it’s amazing what we can discover.

The TV in the Restaurant

We live in a noisy world. Can't there be a few spots where quiet still reigns?

Purim Costumes Create Unity

Another good reason to dress up this year.

Vaccine Envy

I thought I was free of that proverbial green-eyed monster, but then friends of ours got vaccinated before we did.

Getting in the Purim Mood

For a few reasons, it's been rather hard this year.

News Fatigue

Why I’m going on a news diet.

Imperfect Homes, Just the Way They Should Be

I’m not creating a museum to the American Jewish family; I’m creating a place for real people to live, to eat, to learn and to grow.

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