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.
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.
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
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:
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”.)
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