An Open Letter to Teachers

Before our parent/teacher meeting, allow me to explain where I'm coming from.

Android & Me

I took the plunge and acquired the latest Android phone. It went downhill from there.

The Kim Kardashian Spectacle

This new low reminds us of the toxicity of Reality TV.

My Day of Silence

What I learned from not talking for one day.

Friendship & Empathy

Rare and precious is the friend who experiences your pain like his or her own.

Sukkot: Intense Closeness

The holiday reminds me of the special times of marrying off my daughters.

Nothing's Perfect

This Yom Kippur, I regret looking at what doesn't work, and I'm learning to focus on the positive.

Three Ideas for Rosh Hashanah

Bringing down to earth the machzor's central ideas.

Rosh Hashanah Opportunity

God wants to grant us another year of life. Are we ready to embrace it?

My Relentless Taskmaster

The tyranny of To-Do lists.

Even The Food Channel

Humiliation as a form of entertainment.

Surviving a Family Vacation

Laughter is really the only way.

How to Win Friends

A world about me is a very lonely place. A world about others is rich and fulfilling.

Thoughtful Gift

Small stuff counts.

Feeling the Pain

Since the death of my granddaughter I carry a sense of pain wherever I go.

Family Vacation

It doesn't have to be an oxymoron.

The Alzheimer's Risk

Relinquishing our illusion of control.

God's Most Fascinating Creature

Who needs reality TV? Just look around you.

Girl Talk

Is complimenting a girl on her looks so bad?

Summer Is Here

It’s been all of three days and I’m pulling my hair out!

Me, a Crook?

A librarian had the chutzpah to insinuate I'm a thief.

Waiting for Passion

There are so many good causes. Pick one and throw yourself into it.

My Shavuot Preparation

Appreciating the gift of Torah.

Guinea Pig Kids

The gender-less baby: There’s a bit of Kathy Witterick and David Stocker in all of us.

Waiting in Line

I can't let everyone go ahead of me. What's a religious Jewish woman to do?

The Manicure

My hands carry the war wounds of serious work in the kitchen. They are a badge of honor.

Happiness Is Not the Goal

The secret to happiness is to not focus on it.

Marriage After Children

Two-thirds of couples see the quality of their relationship drop within three years of the birth of a child.

Preventing Resentment in Marriage

Six strategies on how to deal with the common frustrations in marriage.

Missing the Main Event

Amidst all the Passover cleaning, cooking and shopping, the Seder gets short shrift.

Beneath the Betrayal

Looking for meaning in all the wrong places.

Dressing Our Girls

Jennifer Moses needs to act on her concerns about how society is objectifying girls.


Are you living to eat or eating to live?

What Is Bullying?

If every act of cruelty is bullying, then the word loses all meaning.

Bullying: Some Perspective Please

I think the school's zero tolerance towards bullying is going too far.

The Business of Marriage

Applying effective business principles to marriage.

Call Me Mrs. Braverman Revisited

Calling someone by their first name is an expression of closeness that I reserve for the relationships that really count.

Telling Lies

When is it appropriate to shade the truth?

I'll Love You If…

Great marriages are based on unconditional commitment.

Turn Off the TV and Leave them Alone

Two simple, cost-free suggestions to nurture your kids' creativity.

Creativity & Kids

Do standardized tests and structure thwart creativity and talent?

Reality of Abortion

It’s unbearable to see some parents anxiously straining to hear a heartbeat, while others seek to still that beat forever.

Kissinger and Words

Will your words come back to haunt you?

Learning from the Holocaust

Survivors put my petty selfishness and complaints to shame.

Accepting Compliments

It’s important to know how to give. It’s just as important to know how to receive.

My Most Important List

A surprising and humbling lesson from a gourmet food magazine.

Saying No

What to do when the person won't take no as the answer.

In An Instant

That's how long it can take for our lives to be dramatically changed.

Parent-Teacher Combat

It wasn't only my daughter who was being called to the mat.

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