Toddlers throw tantrums. This is just a fact of life, kind of like how the sky is blue and the grass is green. However, is it justifiable for someone other than the parent to reprimand the…child? This question has been in the minds of many after a recent controversy when the owner of Marcy's Diner in Portland, Maine severely reprimanded a screaming child in her place of business. Darla Neugebauer, owner of the diner, has been congratulated by some and hailed as a villain by others. What exactly happened that caused this explosive stir? Both… >> Read More
A few weeks ago a street lamp collapsed in the empty Jerusalem parking lot my children and I cross through every morning on our way to their preschool. The giant light pole—at least 30 feet…tall—lay strewn across the parking lot, its wooden pole intact but its glass light shattered. I tried to navigate the stroller around the shards and the exposed electrical wires. Although we were not there when the lamp toppled, my kids were very shaken to see how the mighty had fallen, and even now, weeks after… >> Read More
I was at a kosher food event this past fall, and a cookbook author that I know got into a conversation with me about challah.
“What is it about challah for you? Why have you decided to make so…many different varieties?” she inquired. It was an interesting question and one that I hadn’t given much thought to previously. She went on to explain that she grew up eating the same challah that her mom made every week, and now she makes the same plain challah every week for her own family. And there… >> Read More
‘Member, Rachie? Remember when they delivered those trees and you were so sick, but you laughed?
It was a magnificent day in late September. We were heading home after chemo. Somehow, those…biweekly treatments were beginning to feel routine. We made our way down Greenspring Ave., past stately homes, their lawns carpeted in autumn splendor. You seemed aloof, other-worldly. I sensed your weariness setting in. You began to nod off. I wondered if you noticed the sunbeams dancing through the windshield. By then, I was so lost… >> Read More
Doesn't it often feel that moms are usually on the receiving end of a lot of judgement? It seems like no matter what, there's someone just waiting to make a nasty comment, as if they will burst at…the seams if their voice isn't heard. Don't worry, it doesn't matter whether you're a new or seasoned mom, or even what you're doing at all--these people (AKA "The Judgement Police") are already formulating their next response. READ: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Serenades Moms Everywhere What is a discouraged mom to do? Continue being fabulous, and have a… >> Read More