Dina L. Relles is a lawyer, writer, aspiring doula, and mother of three boys, aged four and under. She has a B.A. in Ethics and Political Philosophy from Brown University and a J.D. from Fordham Law, but mostly she likes to drink coffee and people-watch from her front stoop. You can follow her on Twitter at @DinaLRelles or check out her fledgling blog, Coffee, Kids, and Common Things, at dinarelles.com.
I was recently prepping a meal to the soundtrack of my new favorite song, "Some Nights" by the indie rock band Fun. Suddenly, I realized the breakfast-for-dinner eggs were burning, and I was…transfixed by the YouTube video streaming from my nearby laptop. What was it about lead singer Nate Ruess that drew me in? Sure, he's conventionally attractive. And his voice is a force—at once strong and lovely. But it was something else. How different he looked from anyone I knew. With those defined cheekbones, blue eyes,… >> Read More
I was born a contradiction. On the Sabbath, the day we are commanded to rest, I prompted my mother to labor and deliver me into the world. So it’s fitting that I struggle with the God thing…still. Soon after we gave birth to our first kids, one of my dearest friends confided in me that pregnancy and childbirth made her feel closer to God than ever before. Huh. Not me. I tried to figure out why. From early on in my pregnancy, I needed to see it to believe it. I… >> Read More