“Bloody Mary party at 11 o' clock!” a voice chirruped from the float to our left.
Lilah, skipping along beside me in her bobbing ponytail and little purple Keens, pulled on my arm. “Mommy,…what’s a Bloody Mary party?” One of the women behind us laughed and I turned to smile at her. “They always learn something new at Pride,” I said. This was our third year walking in Boston’s Gay Pride Parade with our synagogue. Every year, the wait to get started is interminable, so after we’ve painted on our rainbows, I take… >> Read More
I’m a feminist. A hard-core, there-is-no-inherent-gender kind of feminist. A Judith Butler-reading, Gloria Steinem-worshipping,
subscribing feminist. Heck, I don’t just…read them, I write for feminist publications. I also work part-time from home, bake challah every week, and teach my kids to use a sewing machine. (That last one, that’s really just Benjamin, whose vast stuffed animal family needs a lot of outfits and pillows.) Last weekend, I whipped up a purse out of a pair of… >> Read More
On Monday, my youngest child, Lilah, was eating breakfast at our kitchen table. She pulled the newspaper toward her and read the headline: “Girl in the Shadows.” She stumbled on pronouncing…Dasani’s name, but got “homeless” pretty easily. My daughter is 5, and she can read the headlines in the New York Times. Dasani is 12 years old, and lives in one room of a homeless shelter with her seven siblings and her parents, who are battling drug addiction. My daughter and her brothers get a… >> Read More
"Guys,” I said at dinner. “You know how every year on the first night of Hanukkah, we send gifts to kids on the Pine Ridge Reservation instead of getting gifts ourselves?”
Their mouths were…filled with beans and their hands with burritos, but there was nodding and grunting. I pressed on, taking advantage of their momentary inability to object. “Well, I was thinking this year--since we have everything we need and some of the things we want--instead of doing eight nights of gifts, we could do eight nights of… >> Read More