Surprise! It's a ...

I was sworn to secrecy… until today.  As my daughter nears the end of her pregnancy (their baby boy is due to arrive in late December), my son and daughter-in-law recently informed us that they are expecting their second child (gender TBD) in May! (I tell you sibling rivalry never ends: For those of you new to this column, my son and daughter had their first babies within ten days of one another in January 2010.)...more

My Family's Holiday Heritage: Christmas Past and New Traditions

I was not born Jewish. I wasn’t raised in any particular religion, but my mom’s side of the family has been Christian for as long as we can remember. My great aunt Pauline has hosted our family’s Christmas Eve celebration for as long as anyone can remember. I'd like to tell you about her....more

My mom, who was the Matriarch in our family, died 11 years ago just months after my last ...more