Etta James -- The Death of a Diva

Etta James died on January 20th. She would have turned 74 in five days. If you didn't know Etta, stay here a bit and listen up. Etta did it, lived it, suffered through it, laughed about it, and sang about it for all of us. ...more
@Morgan Shanahan Thanks to all of you for replying, and for sharing both joy and grief...I love ... more

Sharing a Secret Shame

It was a calm afternoon. An old friend, I'll call her Angela, had stopped by for the afternoon for brunch and coffee. We nibbled healthy foods and joked about weight loss. It is part of our usual inventory of topics. Although we live too far apart to get together often, we do seem to be able to hit a regular and familiar groove after over 25 years of friendship. This time, I had a special insight about occasions of over-eating that I wanted to share with her. But it was not an easy story to tell....more
@myproclivities Thanks so much for your comment. When we publish "out here" in the ether, it is ... more

Sharing a Secret Shame

It was a calm afternoon. An old friend, I'll call her Angela, had stopped by for the afternoon for brunch and coffee. We nibbled healthy foods and joked about weight loss. It is part of our usual inventory of topics. Although we live too far apart to get together often, we do seem to be able to hit a regular and familiar groove after over 25 years of friendship. This time, I had a special insight about occasions of over-eating that I wanted to share with her. But it was not an easy story to tell....more
@The Redneck Princess@Mata H I read your post. Your rapist committed criminal acts. It was not ... more

Sharing a Secret Shame

It was a calm afternoon. An old friend, I'll call her Angela, had stopped by for the afternoon for brunch and coffee. We nibbled healthy foods and joked about weight loss. It is part of our usual inventory of topics. Although we live too far apart to get together often, we do seem to be able to hit a regular and familiar groove after over 25 years of friendship. This time, I had a special insight about occasions of over-eating that I wanted to share with her. But it was not an easy story to tell....more
@The Redneck Princess Thanks so much for your comment....please send the URL when you have ... more

Easter: Eggs, Memories, Lamb Cakes and the Resurrection

Easter Sunday is a HUGE Christian holiday, in which we recall the Resurrection of Christ from the dead. It is coincidental with spring, and some would say had pagan roots, because there is a spring goddess named Eostre in Pagan tradition. The name probably did get fuddled by association, but earliest Christians celebrated this day at the same date as Passover, until it was determined that it needed to be held on a Sunday. All that aside, for those of us who celebrate it, Easter can be a rich treasure trove of memories. ...more

I never knew about egg fights 'til my friend Margie started joining us for Easter. Now we do it. ... more

Easter: Eggs, Memories, Lamb Cakes and the Resurrection

Easter Sunday is a HUGE Christian holiday, in which we recall the Resurrection of Christ from the dead. It is coincidental with spring, and some would say had pagan roots, because there is a spring goddess named Eostre in Pagan tradition. The name probably did get fuddled by association, but earliest Christians celebrated this day at the same date as Passover, until it was determined that it needed to be held on a Sunday. All that aside, for those of us who celebrate it, Easter can be a rich treasure trove of memories. ...more

Ah, no bonnet -- well, you can always get one now! I hope you had a dandy gathering -- sounds ... more

Skyping into the Seder: When Technology and Holidays Meet

Jack and Estelle and their family unofficially "adopted" me about 30 years ago, and we have became family. I have participated in almost every Passover seder with their family since then. These have largely been in NYC. This year (for a variety of reasons) I am unable to join them all at their son Daniel and his wife Leora's home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I put on a brave face, but my heart was hurting. ...more

So for two nights we did it! I loved it. It worked perfectly -- I could see everyone -- and ... more

Skyping into the Seder: When Technology and Holidays Meet

Jack and Estelle and their family unofficially "adopted" me about 30 years ago, and we have became family. I have participated in almost every Passover seder with their family since then. These have largely been in NYC. This year (for a variety of reasons) I am unable to join them all at their son Daniel and his wife Leora's home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I put on a brave face, but my heart was hurting. ...more

It is stunning, that technology magic!

I do have matzoh envy however. My family will be ... more

Skyping into the Seder: When Technology and Holidays Meet

Jack and Estelle and their family unofficially "adopted" me about 30 years ago, and we have became family. I have participated in almost every Passover seder with their family since then. These have largely been in NYC. This year (for a variety of reasons) I am unable to join them all at their son Daniel and his wife Leora's home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I put on a brave face, but my heart was hurting. ...more

This Skype idea may be catching on. One friend told me that next year(now that she hears this ... more

Skyping into the Seder: When Technology and Holidays Meet

Jack and Estelle and their family unofficially "adopted" me about 30 years ago, and we have became family. I have participated in almost every Passover seder with their family since then. These have largely been in NYC. This year (for a variety of reasons) I am unable to join them all at their son Daniel and his wife Leora's home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I put on a brave face, but my heart was hurting. ...more

Ah, I love the idea of the rabbi as a Seder Matchmaker! I hope you also have a fine ... more