Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

Home Bound -Gnome Mound

Happy Chanukah - It's Lots More than Candles

When I was a kid, Channukah was a time to light one more candle each night and sing a song.  It was about the Judah Macabee, his brothers and their amazing miracle.  As they fought to preserve the Jewish people they took over a synagogue that only had enough oil to burn for one more night.  The light was supposed to stay burning.  There was little hope that the light would last until they could track down more oil...more

Eye'z Doesn't Keep Kosher But Other's Do

For me lately to 'post is to be'.  Although for the time being I am not posting on my own blog (a whole other topic), I feel the need to keep the public aware of the on-goings in the Food world of the internet and Montreal. ...more

December Dilemma (Oy! It's Christmas Time Again!)

I suppose you are right - thank you for that!

And I just read your blog post about ...more

Israeli Women Forced to the Back of the Bus

I've been so depressed lately by the news (Afghanistan, health care reform denying women reproductive rights, New York State Senate defeating gay marriage, etc., etc.) that it is almost hard to get my blood boiling these days. An email I received from the New Israel Fund changed that. When I learned that some public buses in Jerusalem force women to enter through the back door, sit in the back, and "dress modestly" in order to board I immediately wanted to go there, get on a bus in my sluttiest outfit (which is actually pretty modest to everyone but religious fanatics), and protest. Of course, I'd then be subjected to verbal and physical abuse by evil men who like to think that they are God, when really they are just oppressors who misinterpret their religious texts to benefit themselves. ...more

Thanks Suzanne ...more

The Charter for Compassion - can it help change the world?

In February of 2008, Karen Armstrong made a very big wish. It came true this month. Her wish was to assemble the thoughts from people around the world and to have global religious leaders develop a "Charter For Compassion" that would inspire action and change. ...more

You are very kind. I appreciate your telling me that you like what you read. It really does ...more

The echo of Kristallnacht - from 71 years ago to today

I didn't want to write about the Holocaust again. It hurts too much. Surely with so many other things happening in the world, I could just let mention of the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht pass by unspoken, couldn't I? Just once? Then I read this, reported in the Sacramento Bee about events this week: ...more

I'm not sure if this makes sense, but after I read this post - I came across more

Thanks, U.N. Watch

You might have seen this earlier (the date is October 16th), but I only just saw this video today, sent to me in an email by a friend, a mother of a young man who fought with the IDF in Jenin....more

Kashrut, Ahimsa, and Picky Eaters at Family Meals

On any given night, I make three meals, which may sound like your house as well, except that our reasons probably differ for the assortment of choices at the dinner table. Our family keeps kosher and we practice ahimsa, which means that our five-year-old twins need to perform mental math on a daily basis weighing out what they want for dessert vs. what they want for dinner and divide by how hungry they are in the moment. ...more

It's cool to hear how people work it out living in a non-kosher friendly area (because it ...more