Untying the Tangles We Make of Our Lives

Have you ever noticed how we create huge tangles of our lives? Maybe we just take one strand - a relationship or a job or a particular way of thinking or a small lie or a debt that gets larger over time - and we knot it up until its a total mess. Or maybe we take several strands and we tie them together into something resembling a huge clump of matted hair. ...more

Chanukah II

I probably should not have gone out at all since I'm still sick. However, I just couldn't take one more day inside. I needed a change of scenery. A friend came over (thank you N!) and helped me take Peanut out for a mini trip to the bookstore/coffee place. Since we were both technically still sick (though Peanut really just has the leftover cough, she certainly isn't acting sick at all), I kept her out of the kids' section with the t-r-a-i-n-s. ...more

Happy Chanukah!

I am in dire need of holiday cheer. Peanut, H and I are still sick. I had no voice for most of the day. So my parents came over for a quiet but lovely dinner and to help out with Peanut. Well, things did not go as planned. They came and we were having a great time all the way up until it was time to light the candles. That is, of course, when the fire alarm went off. Now, I live in a condo/townhouse, so if the alarm goes off in the condo building (which was the case), the alarm goes off in the townhouses as ...more

Did Adam Sandler really make Chanukah go mainstream?

Although it may be a little hard to believe, that's the theory posited by John Campanelli, a writer for the Plain Dealer who interviewed me a week or so ago about how it is that so much of the Jewish holiday of Chanuka is in the mainstream now (it's a very well done article about the evolution). He opens with a vignette I told him: ...more

Our Festival of Lights

This week it is time to dig out our menorah, dreidels and get ready for the Festival of Lights. ...more

Question of the Week: Put on Your Yarmulke and Tell Me: The Chanukah Song, Fabulous or Offensive?

Now look at THAT intersection of life - sounds like you were in elem school in DC while I was in ...more

Happy 3rd Day of Hanukkah

Hanukkah is called “The Festival of Lights”, and is a happy holiday in the Jewish tradition. It is considered among the smaller holidays. It does celebrate a powerful experience, however, the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it had been seized and defiled by the Hellenic Syrians in 165 BCE. The word Hanukkah means “dedication”.) The story: ...more