The Holocaust: My Visit to Dachau, a Concentration Camp

Last Week, someone asked me the question, "What is the most memorable place you've ever been?" For me, it occured on July 5, 1995. I know the exact date, because it was the day after my 18th birthday. The place: Dachau Nazi Concentration Camp. (Survivors on Liberation Day: April 29, 1945) ...more

Homeward Bound

You know that feeling when you've been away for so long that you literally miss sleeping in your own bed? That's exactly how my husband and I felt after the extended visit with his parents. Like I said in my previous post, this random family reunion started with a funeral. (My husband's step-grandfather passed away right before Passover, and we had to drive up to Detroit, Michigan at the last minute for his funeral.) ...more

Simply Peachy

My iPhone only blog on mishaps and daily occurences,..I’m a mom, and ex home educater enjoying normalized life (as much “normal” as that could be)  And yes, it gets a little TMI,…                 - Amber Austen ...more

One Death and a Seder

First off, I need to apologize for my extended absence. I cannot believe it's been two weeks since my last post. In my defense...A lot has happened in those two weeks, and I fully intend to catch everyone up within the next couple of days... First up...Passover. As any Jew knows, last week marked the beginning of Passover. My husband and I had planned to have a quiet first Seder at home on the first night with just the two of us, followed by a second Seder the next night with three other friends coming over to our place. ...more

Soulful ways to celebrate Easter (no matter what spiritual tradition you are)

She brings colour into the world Goddess Girl - to me, she sings of the flavour of Easter!   Hola gorgeous Goddesses! No matter what religion you are or what spiritual tradition you hail from, there are beautiful ways to celebrate Easter and make it a holy day that makes sense to you. ...more

Passover begins on April 8th - a holiday of hope and joy

It is Passover starting April 8th at sundown. Passover commemorates the Exodus and the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. In the US, Passover lasts for 8 days. The first two evenings are traditionally large family Passover seder gatherings. During these seders, a liturgy is read from a book called the Haggadah, special songs are sung, and food is eaten that is unique to the occasion. The holiday is a festive one, with families often traveling long distances to be together. ...more

The joy of this holiday is partly how it can be personalized for every family -- the Haggadah is ...more

Escape from Egypt!

I haven't posted anything lately, because since Purim, I've been working like a slave in ancient Egypt, cleaning the house for Passover. It's an annual ritual -- one I dread and loathe. Many people have written about a supposed "spiritual dimension" to this yearly drudgery. In exalted terms, they describe how removing every last crumb of hametz (leaven) from our houses prepares us to deeply experience the meaning of Passover. Yeah....right. ...more

The New

One of the most difficult challenges I've faced as a new mom has been the radical shift in the amount of contact I've had with adults. I know that is nothing new for most moms these days, especially those of us who've had a career or a profession that we were "married to" before DB came along.  Knowing I'm not alone in this has helped. Some. ...more

The Perfect Storm of Holidays: Infertile at Pesach

The hurricane that sunk the Andrea Gail in 1991 was called a "perfect storm" because three storms combined into one, creating a weather situation that was so terrible, so frightening, so enormous that it was larger than the sum of its three parts. On their own, the three storms would have done some minor damage. Together, they could sink a ship. ...more

I've never experienced any of the stormy elements you're talking about, because:

--we ...more

Cleaning out the Chametz and Clutter

I know many of my very Orthodox readers (and even some of the less practicing folks) are going to cringe at what I'm about to say: I'm so excited to start getting ready for Passover! ...more