The Listening Gift

Gift giving comes in many forms. It can be intangible and it can be subliminal.  During this holiday season of giving perhaps someone new will enter your life. A new friendship may be on the horizon. Wouldn’t it be great going in with a new skill?  This skill is called Active Listening.Active listening is a term used in many forms of coaching. It requires stillness and total presence with no judgment, no need to be right, defensive nor should there be any distraction.  Without pure objectivity, you cannot really hear. ...more

Tastes Like Christmas and other Christmas Traditions

Yesterday I wrote a post from Mama Kat’s Losin It’s blog’s writing prompts.  Sorry, there were a lot of possessive adjectives in that sentence…. woah.  Not fixing it, haha and I only care a little bit……..**Yesterday I wrote a post pulled from the writing prompts given on Mama Kat’s Losin It, a blog I’ve been following for a while because of the great prompts she gives.**I feel better now.Ahem....more

Thankfulness Tuesday: Christmas Tradition

I love tradition. I love having something that I know that we are going to do...something to look forward to. Part of becoming a family is creating your own traditions...taking some from his family and taking some from your family. It's fun to come up with new ideas too. A few of my favorite Christmas traditions are advent season, cutting down a tree and Christmas Eve service. I also love Christmas parties and dressing up in fancy clothes.To read more about my family tradition, visit: ...more

My Top 6 Christmas Songs

Mama Kat’s Losin It is a blog I’ve been following for a while.  Once a week, she does a Writer’s Workshop and hands out prompts.  This week there are two I’ll be writing on…  one today, and another tomorrow.  They were technically written on Saturday afternoon, but who needs to know that that “schedule’ button on WordPress is my favourite thing?Pick five favourite Christmas songs…....more

Sunday Snapshots

I can't believe it's the week before Christmas! I finally got my Christmas cards but still haven't wrapped one thing! Oh well! It's been a week of Christmas parties and fun with our family. Just a few pictures of what we've been up to this week! ...more

Charles Dickens: The Heart of a Child

In a “A Christmas Carol”, Charles Dickens delights us as his main character,crusty Mr. Scrooge,  is transformed from a miserable, miserly curmudgeon to a joyful, generous man with the heart of a child“Bah,” said Scrooge, “Humbug.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol...more


Hello you dearest <3yesterday I arrived home for the Holidays !...more
Karen Ballum Thanx dear Karen ! I hope you have a nice Christmastime too !more

Early Christmas Present - Self-Actualization

It took moving 6,000 miles away from home to find my domestic side... or any side actually, but for this post I'll stick with the domestic. It's one of the strangest discoveries that I didn't think existed, just like Santa Claus. Instead I found out it was simply dormant for the past thirty years, awakened only when the distractions of living in Los Angeles and America in general were taken away....more

Merry (Jewish) Christmas

So.  Christmas Eve already, huh?Having grown up Jewish, I harbored mixed feelings about Christmas for many years.  Even now, after fifteen years of marriage to a Christian woman whose mother pastors an evangelical church, Christmas doesn’t come naturally to me.As a child, my family did its best to ignore Christmas even though it was, of course, happening all around us.  We had candle-lighting and latkes on Hanukkah, but we kept it very low key.  None of this eight nights of gifts stuff that is so popular now....more
Karen Ballum Thanks so much!more

5 Gifts a Feminist Wants for Christmas

There are only 5 things this feminist wants for Christmas, and they are not monetary, vain, or tangible. They are wishes and hopes and desires that I find are missing in society. They are necessary for the enlightenment and empowerment of our girls and women, and I consider them "gifts" because they need to be given from a place of goodness and mutual respect....more