There is no one like a sister. During childhood, she’s your best playmate, and if you’re fortunate, when you’re both grown, she remains your closest friend.
I thought a lot about sisters…while my older daughter was hospitalized in June. Sisterly pairs, and their dynamic relationships, seemingly swirled all around us that week. First, there were Anna and Elsa, the sororal stars of “Frozen,” who pranced across the TV screen in my daughter’s hospital room. Next, there were my own daughters, who were kept apart by the… >> Read More
I was all alone in the house when I heard a strange whirring sound being emitted from the glass jar on the window ledge. Then, I witnessed something that I’ve never forgotten in all the years since.…I watched life—and death—occurring in a glass jar. My 6-year-old son, Michael, had found the small green caterpillar outside and immediately created a home for it in a glass jar with some leaves. “Look, Mommy,” Michael exclaimed excitedly. “This caterpillar is going to make a cocoon and then it will turn into a real butterfly.… >> Read More
Before I started working at Kveller, I was a high school English teacher. It was probably great preparation, considering I'm not a mother myself. In many ways, I was a mother to every kid in my…class--and while of course it was only temporarily while your lovely child graced my classroom, I really did love each and every one of them in their own unique ways. During my time as a teacher, I learned a lot--mostly about people. I learned how to entice kids to read and write. But, I also learned about what… >> Read More
I attended UCLA in the late 1990s. In those days, one of the quintessential UCLA experiences was walking down the main drag of campus called Bruin walk. Bruin walk was full of tables lining both…sides of the broad walkway, advertising social and religious clubs and organizations, fraternity and sorority recruitment opportunities, and a variety of community events on and off campus. Once a year, the Jewish Students Union group would set up shop at a table on Bruin walk and advertise for genetic screening. Sexy, huh? Yeah, I know.… >> Read More
Puberty isn't so bad, right? Yeah, right. It's kind of the worst time of your life, at least, for women. Sometimes I feel nostalgic for my middle school years--especially when I get the urge to…listen to The Cure and watch “My So-Called Life"--until I realize, wait, it actually was pretty terrible. I don't miss suddenly having to deal with bushy eyebrows, boys making fun of my glasses, and magazines telling me how to get other people to value me. As if being human isn't enough on its own. READ: My Daughter’s… >> Read More